It’s pretty well known that the upcoming episode of Lost is called "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham", so I’m looking forward to a fun little episode where we get to see exactly what Locke did after he turned the Frozen Donkey Wheel. For the last two episodes my expectations have been unnecessarily low. For some reason I haven’t been expecting the volume of info and story that they’ve been throwing into the show. So this is how I’m trying ot combat that, I’m going to try to raise my expectations extremely high by guessing what’s going to happen in this episode.
There are some known adventures that Locke has to go on, I would be surprised if Locke visits all of these people, but I’ll hope that he does.
Out of all of these people, Locke’s visit to Jack was the most successful. In the last episode we saw Jack completely turn into a Man of Faith. That was due to a visit from Locke. What confuses me is Locke’s suicide note. When we see Jack after his visit from Locke he is suicidal himself, and he’s very intent on returning to the island. But in his note Locke says, "Jack, I wish you had believed me." That must be a reference to their last meeting. So what was Jack’s reaction to Locke? It’s not hard to believe that Jack had a less than friendly reaction to Locke’s idea, but then what changed his mind? It will be interesting to find out.
After Locke visited Kate she believed that he was crazy. She heard that he wanted them all to go back and she dismissed it as insanity. That is a very harsh reaction from Kate. Something must have spooked her. Did Locke, perhaps, tell Kate that Claire was still alive on the island? Did Kate want to avoid the island so that she didn’t have to give Aaron away (I sound like Rosie)? It’s possible.
On the other hand, couldn’t Locke have just told her that Sawyer was there, and then she’s have a motivation to get back. I’d say that piece of info would have a 50/50 chance of swaying her.
We’ll see what he tells her, and what state he’s in when he does meet with her. There must have been other factors (besides the usual) which motivated her to say that he’s insane.
He kept his promise to Jin and didn’t tell Sun that he was alive, but he also didn’t give her Jin’s ring. Something odd happened there.
Also, I’m going to assume that he tells her what Ben did down in the Orchid, when he stabbed Keamy and allowed the Freighter to blow up.
I could see how Hurley’s visit might be the most interesting. Depending on his mental state, Hurley might assume that Locke is nothing more than an illusion or a ghost. Either way Locke’s visit didn’t seem to effect Hurley much. He didn’t seem to want to go back to the island before or after the visit.
I kinda thought that Ben killed Locke. When he showed up at the funeral home it just seemed too convenient. But now we hear that it was a suicide… hmm, more on that later.
I really want Locke to talk to Ben about Jacob and Christian. I still believe that Ben knows nothing about Christian and his plans might change drastically if he did know. Then again, Ms. Hawking knows about Christian, perhaps she’s keeping it from Ben. Either way I’m especially looking forward to that meeting.
Most importantly, I want to see Walt. I was so sure that this jump forward in time was just a clever way to bring Walt back into the show and back to the Island. But unless he was in the Tail Section he probably wasn’t on the plane (I might turn that into a theory, just to keep my hope alive).
We know for sure that Locke went to see Walt. Was that just to be nice? Or did he give him some instructions? I hope that Locke wanted Walt to go back to the island. Locke did probably tell Walt that people were left behind on the island. He might have told him that Michael was still alive, or he might not have. During Walt’s scene in the finale of season 4 he talks about his dad as if he’s alive, but that could have been a test to see if Hurley was lying.
There’s a chance that Locke didn’t even talk to Sayid. I’d like to think that he did though, it would explain Sayid’s sudden mistrust of Ben.
Ilana or Caesar
There’s no proof of this, I’m just extrapolating. Perhaps Locke met them on his adventures and told them of the wonderful world of… The Island (I suddenly realized how odd it is that The Island doesn’t have a name). Maybe they were agents of his, I don’t believe that they are on Ben’s side. I also want to see more of these characters.
Emily (Locke’s Mom)
It would be great to see Swoosie Kurtz again. I’m always torn between disgust and intrigue when she’s onscreen, it’s kinda like when Bilbo hisses at Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring, you can’t look away from his face, but you don’t really enjoy it. I would be surprised if she was still alive though.
Again this is almost more for the actress than the character, less so this time. I loved it when Locke was with Helen, they were perfect together (except for the lies). We know that she must have read his obituary, that was her favorite part of the paper. But the odds that she recognized that Jeremy Bentham was Locke is highly unlikely. I kinda want them together, but it would have a sad ending, so maybe not.
She seemed very well acquainted with him when she told Jack to get him some new shoes, perhaps they had a relationship. She might have given him a plan to tell to the Oceanic 6 (not likely).
Widmore might have tried to get to Locke, perhaps to align him against Ben. That wouldn’t be the worst plan in the world. Other than that I can’t imagine what they’d talk about. Maybe they’d reminisce about how Locke didn’t shoot him, ah the good ol’ days.
Ah yes, Lost’s second infinitely mysterious black character. It would be great to see Locke pay Mr. Abaddon back for that advice he gave him so many years ago. But I doubt that the actor would be able to come on the show, he’s got a full time job now on Fringe.
This doesn’t really fit in with this list but I wanted to talk about it. Locke supposedly commits suicide, so here’s the question of the day, why?
The most obvious reason, to me, would be because he’s depressed that he can’t convince the Oceanic 6 to go back to the island. Another reason for that kind of depression would be that he can’t get back either. The Island was the only place on the Earth where Locke was happy, and he had to leave. That would have been saddening.
But I don’t think that’s the real reason. I think the reason why he killed himself was to speed things along. Richard told him that he had to die, Christian told him the same thing. Those two are Locke’s most trusted advisor (right up there with everyone else in the world). He knew it had to happen, he wasn’t getting killed, so he decided to hurry things along. And it worked. It was Locke’s obituary that pushed Jack into his present course as a Man of Faith.
Well we’ll see.