Did you see tonight's Lost?
No? Oh, well, no biggie. There was just one teensy-tiny reveal: We found out why they are on the Island! And, oh yeah, what the numbers are, too!
So what does it all really mean? And what did Lost boss Damon Lindelof just tell me moments ago about "The List"?! Put on some pants and get in here!
What We Learned
4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42, Bitches! Hurley's infamous lottery numbers, which have shown up in countless Easter eggs since Lost's inception, turned out to be numbers with corresponding names on a list of Jacob's "candidates." These candidates are next in line to "protect the Island"...which, let's be honest, at this point, has to be the world, right? So who do we have on Team Good/Jacob? Ladies and gentlefans, your star lineup...
- No. 4: John Locke, claimed by Jacob after falling out of a window
- No. 8: Hugo "Hurley" Reyes, claimed by Jacob in the backseat of a car
- No. 15: James "Sawyer" Ford, claimed by Jacob at his father's funeral
- No. 16: Sayid Jarrah, claimed by Jacob right before Nadia was hit by a car
- No. 23: Jack Shephard, claimed by Jacob at a vending machine
- No. 42: "Kwon," claimed by Jacob at their wedding...but which one?! Is it Jin or Sun?!
After I kindly told executive producer Damon Lindelof tonight that he better end up including both our beloved Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Sun (Yunjin Kim) on Team Jacob (and, um, possibly calling him a "stingy bastard" in the most loving way possible), Damon shot back: "I will process your appeal to have both Kwons listed!" Hooray! Make it so.
What About Kate?! I'm so shocked she's not on Jacob's list I don't even know where to begin. Is her middle name Kwon? Did Jacob misspell Kate? Me = speechless. Is she simply important because she's meant to raise Aaron? "Jacob was a sexist," Damon jokes. "What can I say?" If Kwon does turn out to be Jin, the numbers above would all correspond to males. Hmph.
What About the Other Losties? Although other names (Littleton and Goodspeed) appear to be visible on the cave wall, it seems they've all been crossed out with the exception of the six people above who correspond to Hurley's numbers (4,8, 15, 16, 23, 42). So one would assume these six are the only remaining viable "candidates." Therefore, question: If Claire and Sayid are both "infected," why is he on the list and she's not? And now that Fake Locke told us the candidates can become "the new Jacob," it certainly seems more plausible that Sayid became just that when he was brought back to life via the Temple water.
What Lies Ahead
Will Sawyer Stay With Fake Locke? Or will he go back where he's "destined," on Team Jacob? I asked Josh Holloway himself whether his character is ultimately good or evil in the end, and he tells me: "Sawyer is both. He is good and evil. He walked most of his life toward evil, but now he more comfortably walks toward good. But he can always cross the line. It's a very interesting place to play this season, because of the loss of Juliet and the anger, frustration, sadness that's here has brought him back to his original personality of being angry at the world and keeping everyone at a distance." Still, I'm hearing rumblings from reliable sources that Sawyer probably will not be on the dark side of it all at the very end. Phew.
The Flash-Sideways Losties Will Start Getting Some Memories: You didn't think the "Safe 815"-ers would be left adrift forever without any consciousness of what's happened on the Island, did you? They all belong there, after all.
Casting Note: Sheila Kelley (the creator of celebrity strip workout S Factor and wife of Richard Schiff) was originally slated to appear in episodes eight, 10 and 11 of Lost's final season, but despite being—spoiler alert!—killed off at the end of that initial run, she's returning to the show. An insider tells us, "Sheila's role has been extended—she's doing at least one more episode than originally planned, maybe more. Her role was changed last minute. She flew to Hawaii again last week to film the added episode." So is she the zombie? Kidding.
What did you think of tonight's episode? Got any theories to share? And with all this death talk, who are you hoping will make it out alive? Hit the comments!
—Additional reporting by Whitney English
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