On the Island
Just like with Richard’s arc, I was surprised by what happened to Ben on the Island. I was looking forward to Ben getting one last ‘gotcha’ moment with “Locke”. I was secretly hoping he would be able to stab him in the back. But it didn’t quite work that way. I still really enjoyed his con of “Locke” even though it didn’t have a huge payoff.
Having Hurley allow Ben to stay and play a major role on the Island was a nice treat. Ben deserved that, and I didn’t expect him to get it. Out of all the characters I think Ben and Richard got the happiest endings.
-Poor Ben had his teeth knocked in by Sawyer. He can’t go a full episode with getting punched in the face. And Sawyer probably knew he was conning “Locke” he just wanted the gun.
-Ben and Desmond were lucky they didn’t get shot by Kate.
-Ben saved Hurley’s life from the falling tree. Wasn’t that nice. It was also nice of everyone else to try to save him. They could have left him behind.
-I don’t think Hurley even meant to make Ben feel better, but he did an amazing thing when he asked Ben to help him.
Off the Island
I completely understand how Ben felt and why he didn’t go in the church. He said he wasn’t ready to leave yet. That guy has a lot that he has to do before he can feel complete. He still has to help his Dad, Rousseau and Alex flash and probably a lot of other Others, Dharma people and more people that he killed. Most of the people in that room were only connected to each other, Ben has been connected to a lot of other people.
-That was great, and very unexpected when Hurley and Ben mentioned their time on the Island. It’s a happy ending, even if it’s still very open to interpretation. I can’t imagine what it would have been like without that scene. I think people would still be asking for more Lost material.