V.S. – Backgammon

102 - Locke WaltEpisode:

102 – Pilot (part 2)

Scene Synopsis

Walt approaches Locke who is fiddling with a Backgammon game.  They talk about the game, and they both share some info about each other.  In the end Locke has a potentially signifcant line.

102 - LockeHere’s the transcript:

WALT: What is it, like checkers?
LOCKE: Not really, it’s a better game than … checkers. You play checkers with your Pop?
WALT: No. I live in Australia with my mom.
LOCKE: You have no accent.
WALT: Yeah, I know. We move a lot. She got sick. She died a couple of weeks ago.
LOCKE: You’re having a bad month.
WALT: I guess.
102 - WaltLOCKE: Backgammon is the oldest game in the world. Archeologists found sets when they excavated the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia. Five thousand years old. That’s older than Jesus Christ.
WALT: Did they have dice and stuff?
LOCKE: [nods] Mhhm. But theirs weren’t made of plastic. Their dice were made of bones.
WALT: Cool.
LOCKE: Two players. Two sides. One is light … one is dark. Walt, do you want to know a secret?

(From: Lostpedia)

516 - Jacob 01Analysis

That last line could possibly be one of the most significant lines in regards to the Season 5 finale and also into Season 6.  We’ve seen the two sides now, Jacob’s side and Esau’s side.  It’s obviously up to you who you think is good or not, but the two do represent two opposing sides under two different colors or idealogies. I still think that Jacob is good and Esau (or whatever you want to call him) is evil.

516 - Esau 02What I find most significant about this scene is that it’s between Locke and Walt.  Originally I thought this scene came across with a racist tone  but it now turns out that Locke is the one who ends up on the “dark” side.  So where does that leave Walt?  My greatest hope for the final season is that Walt will come back.  And if he does I think it would be epic if he had to face down Locke.

What do you think?  Was Locke just being a creep or does this scene tell us what will happen in Season 6?

– izi


5 Responses to “V.S. – Backgammon”

  1. 1 Bones
    June 22, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I wish I could find where I read it, but Cuse and Lindelof have pretty much confirmed that Locke’s “secret” he told Walt was just that he couldn’t walk before the crash. Kind of kills the potential importance of the line.

    • June 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm

      I don’t think that really diminishes the importance of the scene. I fully believe that the secret was Locke’s recovery, but I still think this scene might foreshadow a conflict between these two characters.

  2. 3 Anon
    June 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Maybe Locke was already dead when he first arrived to the island. He did fall from 8th floor and was “resurrected” by Jacob.

  3. 4 twyceshy
    June 27, 2009 at 9:36 am

    If they could work that out, it would really be a beautiful way of bringing the story back around to the beginning. Also, we need a little better closure with the whole mystery of Walt than we have gotten so far. Pretty awesome idea.

  4. 5 Noella
    February 10, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I started watching the first season again yesterday. I, too, noticed this scene between Locke and Walt and the “racist” thing never entered my mind. This morning before I found this page, I came to this conclusion: in light of the conversation between Jacob and the “man in black” I believe that this is a game between them, like backgammon. In backgammon the stakes can be doubled (hence the atomic bomb being set off) and now we have double realities with the characters. Just a thought – it will definitely be interesting to see where this goes.

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