Now that I’m almost completely out of time I thought I’d float out a new thought. I was rewatching the Season 5 premiere again and I noticed something interesting. Sawyer, Juliet, Daniel, Miles and Charlotte go for a jaunt into the jungle. They go searching for The Swan to verify what year it is (a useless idea since they have a flash once before they get there and another while they’re leaving). Through Locke’s story we know that at the point when they get to the Swan it is 2007, after Ajira crashes on the Island. Richard met him in that episode under “Locke”‘s direction. What caught my eye was the condition of The Swan.
This is a picture of the blown up Swan in the Season 5 Premiere. This is not the same imploded Swan that we’ve seen before. (Sorry it’s so dark.)
Here is a picture of the imploded Swan as we last saw it in Season 3
Now I understand that creating a set like that would be hard to recreate exactly, but they didn’t even come close. Look at that picture again, all you can see is scrap metal . Last time we saw it there was nothing left but the pit.
You can probably see where I’m going with this. The exploded Swan that we see in that flash looks very much like the Swan as we see it at the end of Season 5, in The Incident. Is it possible that they are in the same condition? Is the 2007 that we’ve come to know the actual present? Juliet intended to change the past by blowing up The Swan, perhaps she succeeded and everything that happened since Ajira landed was what actually happened.
Whoa, I’m starting to lose track of reality. Here’s what I’m trying to say. It’s kinda like our heroes were skipping around on a record, but in that scene they jumped on to a totally different record, a record they created when Juliet blew up The Swan.
I find this little theory comforting because it means that what happened in those scenes wasn’t totally erased. As sad as it was to see “Locke” take over Locke, and to see Jacob die, it was still very significant and I don’t want to have to go through that again.