a.k.a. “Shooting Kids & Blowing Up Hydrogen Bombs”
Now that season 5 is almost in the books, it’s about time to shift our attentions to the ultimate end game of the series, and how these last couple of episodes will set the table for the story the writers want to tell next year. Finding one’s purpose and fulfilling a destiny have been thematic elements throughout the series, and have certainly been front and center this year, nicely juxtaposed with the more scientific elements of time travel.
Locke and Jack, in particular, have struggled mightily to find their purpose; one actively seeking it and the other denying it. Both of them seem to have finally found what they think they were meant to do, but are we certain it’s truly what they should be doing? Locke killing Jacob and Jack detonating a hydrogen bomb…it just doesn’t feel right. I still find it hard to believe that they can prevent Oceanic 815 from ever crashing, sparing them all the misery of the last three years, regardless of whether Jughead is detonated or not. As Eloise told Desmond once, the timeline has a way of “course correcting.” That, of course, implies the future is set and everyone has their destiny. And despite all Faraday’s analysis and feeling to the contrary, it may not be possible to change one’s own destiny. After all, wasn’t it his destiny to return to the Island and die at his mother’s hand?
With one episode remaining, I’m not sure whether it’d be a good thing or not to find out exactly whether or not Faraday’s theories are true, and the future can be changed. If everyone’s path is set and can’t be changed, how would you keep your audience engaged? I have a sneaking suspicion the final shot of this season may be of Jughead detonating and/or the Incident occurring at The Swan. We may not find out right away if Faraday was right or wrong. This would undoubtedly result in all manner of swearing and remote-control-throwing in living rooms across the country.