First things first, this post is taking information from the recently released sneak peaks for episode 5.03. If you’ve avoided the sneak peaks, you should avoid this post as well. Also, I know this theory may be full of holes and guess work, but half the fun is guessing and thinking about these things that could possibly happen.
Now, onto more important things…
If you’ve seen the sneak peak from yesterday, you’ve already been made aware of the fact that the Desmond/Penny love child will make it’s debut in tomorrow’s episode. It had been rumored for quite some time, and now we’ll finally see it for ourselves. Now, if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’re fully ready to have the name of the child hidden from you for a couple episodes. Think of it as the same thing as the name of Faraday’s mother in Oxford. I just have this gut feeling that something crazy is going to go down with this kid. This calls for you to be a little open minded. I’m just pulling this way out of left field here.
In season three, Desmond formed quite a touching bond with one of our 815ers. We all know this special some one as Charlie Pace. Over the course of the season, they developed quite the brotherly bond. Sadly this was ended with Charlie’s tragic death in the Looking Glass station. However, right before he died, Charlie was able to have an impact on another. He managed to establish a connection with Penny, being the first to tell her that her long-lost love was still alive. With both of these connections, would it really be too off the wall for Penny and Desmond to name their child…Charlie?
Ok get ready for this…Penny and Desmond’s child is named after Charlie Pace. Or so we think. It’s possible that they weren’t married when the child was born, they could’ve given him his mother’s name. Making him…Charlie Widmore…
The rest of this theory is a little cloudy, as I’m not a psychic, and I’ve never been able to accurately guess every detail of every season. Picture it going down something like this:
When Ben says that everyone has to go back, it’s never really specified whether or not this includes Desmond or just the O6. For the sake of this theory, we’re going to assume he does include Desmond, after all, he does say everyone. In order to save his friends, Desmond is finally convinced to return to the island. Perhaps Ms. Hawking pulls the whole course correction thing on him again, and warns him of something he’s going to have to do in the future. Here’s the catch. This time, he’s allowed to bring Penny and little Charlie with him.
Now we’re assuming they’re all going to make it back to the island safely. The time jumps stop, and everyone is living happily ever after. But then it all starts happening again. The island is threatened, and has to be moved once again. Perhaps this will be what Ms. Hawking tells Desmond he’ll have to do. However, Desmond is misled. He moves the island, but is never told about the “Whoever moves the island can never come back rule.” Because of this, he vanishes from the island, leaving Penny and little Charlie all alone. The island moves back in time. This time, everyone was aware about the fact that no one else can leave, or else we’ll start the skipping record again. So this time, once the island moves back, it stays in one spot in time.
Time passes on the island, little Charlie gets older, and he doesn’t want to be called Charlie anymore. It’s a kid’s name, he says. So he starts going by the name of Charles. A little more sophisticated and respectable. During the time he’s growing up, he’s led to believe that his father, Desmond Hume, is a coward who abandoned his lover (for the second time) and his son. This theory is also taking into consideration the fact that throughout his life, no one ever tells little Charles that Desmond didn’t actually abandon them, but rather he was saving them.
Now Charles, as he likes to be called, is growing up. He’s living on the island and learning all it’s secrets. Things are going well, until he’s forced to leave. Now he has to live life off island. In the mean time, he’s trying to work behind the scenes, manipulating people to get back. He has a daughter…and her name is Penny! What?! Yeah, you saw that coming. Little Charlie, grew up to be evil Charles Widmore. He is the father of his own mother. The reason he hates Desmond is because he knows someday Desmond will abandon his lover and child. He hates Desmond for this, but knows deep down that he can’t stop the universe from course-correcting itself. Or maybe he knows that in order for him to be born, he needs to antagonize Desmond and he has to try and keep him away from Penny. That’s the universe’s plan. Charles Widmore is destined to be his own grandfather.
From TVFrenzy: True Detective s2 E8: Omega Station (First Thoughts)