CAREFUL! Spoilers for the THIRD SEASON FINALE, ahoy!
So, I'm assuming all y'all saw the season finale, which was totally KICKASS. It blew me away. And I bawled for a half-hour after Charlie's death. But...that's not why I'm here. I'm here because I found this theory that I found highly, highly intriguing.
|I haven’t read through all the new theories yet so forgive me if this has already been posted. I’ve read some speculation that the person Kate refers to when talking to Jack, the man she seems afraid will notice her absence, is Sawyer. I’m going to venture a different guess—I think its her Dad, the man she blew up.|
Obviously I’m going with the altered time line idea of the flash forward. I think that what has changed is the back story event that got them onto the island in the first place. Jack’s Dad is alive so he never had to make that trip to Australia. Kate never killed her stepfather. I think the twist about fate that the writers have added in is that the event for which the Losties needed redemption will, if reversed, not save them but doom them. Somehow Jack’s Dad being alive means that Jack is now turning into his Dad. Kate’s father being alive means she is trapped with him. I think one piece of evidence for this is the "Through the Looking Glass" idea that everything will turn out the very opposite of what one expected. Getting a "do-over" is not salvation but a curse. The other strongest piece is that Kate is not in jail.
I don’t know how it will play out—especially what has happened to send Jack down that path—but that’s my current guess. I have one other variation on this theory—if Sawyer is the "he" then he has become exactly like Wayne so that Kate is now in the same fated place she had escaped from.
At first I was a little incredulous, as it wouldn't make sense that Jack and Kate still know each other after all that, but then I realized that what this person is essentially saying is that our Losties come back from the island only to find that everything is as it was before their condemning moment (Kate killing her stepfather, Jack accusing his father, Sawyer either committing murder or betraying Cassidy, etc). It's kind of far-fetched, I suppose, but still, it was an interesting read and provided me with a lot to think about.
One last theory, written by...me. Yay!
|The theory that I prefer for the whole "who's in the coffin, who is Kate referring to when she said she has to get home" thing is this: The man in the coffin is Sawyer. I hate to think that, because Sawyer's my favorite character, but it would make sense. The person she has to get home to is the son she has with (and was subsequently abandoned by) Sawyer. It works, because there's this whole big scare about Kate being pregnant. It also coincides with the reasoning behind why Kate refuses to go to the funeral; why would she want to mourn the man who left her? And it justifies why Jack would say he's neither family nor a friend.|
However, there are rumors going around about how this is a 'possible' ending, dependent on the course of action taken by the Losties while they're still on the island. I like this theory, because we've already seen that Sawyer has a thing about hurting children, as demonstrated by the way he reacts when faced with the idea of killing Tom (who kidnapped Walt) and the son of the couple he was trying to con in a flashback. In this sense, maybe the ending we saw is what happens if they do in fact leave the island when Jack calls the boat.
[/random Lost obsessive moment]