I'm still avoiding this thread like the plague (or an Infection anyway), but I wanted to take my own last shot at some predictions. I also felt guilty about responding to Devin's column with more thought than he took to write it, while not responding/praising Mr Morse's excellent work.
Originally Posted by M Morse
Since we’re talking Ben and Widmore, what of their “rules”? Can we assume that they’d set up a kind of “gentlemen’s agreement” wherein they promised not to drag their respective daughters into their conflict? No we can’t, because the “rules” also seem to have included a prohibition against Ben killing Widmore.
The only time Ben had an opportunity to kill Widmore was when his goal was not to kill him. At that point he wanted Widmore to suffer, to lose his daughter (and his followers) and be helpless to stop it from happening.
Widmore also didn't seem to think anything was stopping Ben from killing him. And when they met for a second time, there really was nothing stopping him.
I think this is one of many cases where the show has been intentionally vague to serve a purpose beyond being clever/coy. Viewers have become invested with deciphering the "mythology" of the Island, without much consideration to the root word: "myth". We are given just enough informational rope to intellectually hang ourselves. By limiting our perspective on important data and moments, the writers have allowed/forced us to fill in the blanks, often to completely erroneous/hilarious/crazy ends. In this way, we are experiencing the Island in the same way the characters themselves are: from a very constrained and subjective perspective. We have witnessed the dangers of substituting guesses for knowledge (faith for fact), as Locke, Ben and others were horribly misled by their own half-baked presumptions and deductions. I'm sure it's maddening to some viewers and proof of bad writing
to others, but to me it has been one of the central themes of the show since its beginning, and I find it incredibly thought provoking.
|How did Widmore return to the Island? Jacob invited him. That’s a heck of a lot simpler than the answer I’d concocted – something involving tracking beacons and/or knowledge of wormholes in space/time. I like that.
Those two explanations aren't contradictory, depending on your perspective.
|The idea of Ben, Rousseau and Alex potentially becoming a family feels curiously right to me.
I totally agree. This was the most surprising elements of the sideways world so far, but after the initial head-shaking from the bizarre nature of it, it seemed perfect. Plus the tears welling up in Ben's eyes made it impossible not to feel like they deserved a happy ending as much or more than any characters in the show. As long as they don't remember their Island lives... that could be an uncomfortable family dinner...
|But as long as Ben plays along he’ll remain alive, giving him time, depending on your outlook, to find a way to save his own skin or to save them all. Or both. That’s assuming, of course, that Ben hasn’t just flipped back to the dark side. I mean, that’s a possibility, but it’s not nearly as interesting to me.
This is going to be Ben's last and greatest con of John Locke.
Ben handed Miles a walkie-talkie before he left. At some point (if he hasn't already), Ben will flip that walkie-talkie on, and Smokey's plans will be broadcast for all the Island to hear.
The lone bit of really important information I took from that mostly wasted Smokey/Jacob origin story was: how to kill a Smoke Monster. They can't see it coming. And there's only one character that Smokey trusts (or thinks he dominates) enough to turn his back on: Ben. Ben is going to end up tossing both the white and the black stone into the ocean.
With that insightful (or painfully obvious) note, I'll head back into seclusion until Monday morning. I wish you all an entertaining Sunday night. May fans get a thrilling and emotional piece of closure. May haters get fuel to stoke their fires. May Devin get a revelation or two worthy of a written tantrum. May Morse/Custer get many meaty topics for pontification. Here's hoping everyone gets what need from the finale, if not what they want.