This is probably the most immediate mystery in the show, especially for people like me. Daniel is currently my favorite character.
Let’s examine our evidence.
1. What Sawyer says
Jack asks, “Did you say Faraday? Is he here?” Sawyer responds, “Not anymore.” This is very open-ended, it could mean almost anything. It is very important though, it’s the entire reason why we’re looking for him.
2. The opening scene in season 5
This scene is easy to forget because at the time that we originally watched it it made no sense. But we’re all a little older, maybe a little wiser (I’ve always wanted to say that), maybe now we’ll understand it. Nope, I just watched it, it’s still pretty cryptic. It seems as though Daniel is still in the 70s at this point. He’s working for Dharma under the Orchid station. Other than that it’s hard to tell if this is in 1974 or 1977 or anything else.
3. What Charlotte Says
Charlotte tells Daniel that when she was a child Daniel came to her and was crazy and scary. Now admittedly Daniel can look a little rough around the edges at times, but last time we saw him he wasn’t scary, and he was only slightly crazy.
4. The 2008 Comic-Con Video
Remember this video, oh what fun we had overanalyzing this little video clip. But perhaps it will come in handy again. This scene has not happened yet, it wouldn’t surprise me if it never happened, but still I’m keeping an eye out for Pierre.
5. The 2007 Comic-Con Video
Bear with me, this one is much more indirectly related to Daniel. This video shows Pierre freaking out when a rabbit from the future (or the past) comes to close to a copy of itself. Now keep that in mind.
Remember the other comic-con video, the one from 2007, it was an outtake of the Orchid video. In that video Pierre gets very, very frightened when a time travelling rabbit get’s near another copy of itself. We don’t get to see what would happen if they touched or came too close to each other, but it’s safe to assume that it wouldn’t be good.
6. Eloise in 1977
You may not have put much thought into this, but in the last episode we found out that Eloise Hawking is still on the island in 1977. This may or may not be a shock to you, that doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that Daniel Faraday is most likely older than 30. So that means that he was probably born on the island and he’s probably still there, as a child.
If Daniel is there as a child and there as an adult he might be concerned about contacting himself. Pierre seemed pretty worried about those two rabbits getting near each other. It’s possible that could mean that if the rabbits touch it could kill them, but I find it unlikely that Pierre was worried about a rabbit’s life. It seems more likely that something crazy, and explosive might happen if they touched. It’s highly likely that Daniel knew that too (he’s smart), so perhaps he wants to avoid that kind of situation. In that case he would want to leave the Island. How can someone leave the island? Two ways, the Submarine, and the Frozen Donkey Wheel. We’ve seen Daniel checking out the Frozen Donkey Wheel in the 70s, so I’m leaning towards that. If he managed to turn it, that would mean that he went to Tunisia in the 70s, that’s unfortunate. Hopefully he managed to go forward in time more than that, I’m thinking sometime around 2007.
But before Daniel turns the wheel he needs to do two things, scare Charlotte and tape that video with Pierre. I think it’s highly likely that Daniel will show up off the island in 2007, meet with Desmond and Penny, and convince them to go back to the island with him.
Daniel was probably born on the island (see Eloise in 1977) , that would mean that Charlotte and Daniel were born on the island and grew up on opositesides of the fence. It’s kinda poetic in a Romeo and Juliet kind of way… uh oh, that means Daniel’s probably going to die soon (just kidding).
I’m going to put a Foreign Theory up pretty soon about Daniel and Penny, but it should be clear to everyone that they are likely related. There lives are too intertwined for them not to be connected. Stay tuned.