Last night’s episode featured a mysterious lighthouse with an even more mysterious mirror contraption that seemed to list off 360 different names. When the dial is turned to a certain number, 23 in Jack’s case, the mirrors seem to reveal images from that person’s life. Jack saw his childhood home, and it made him furious that someone had been watching him for what was likely his entire life. The episode no doubt revealed that this lighthouse is how Jacob came to learn everything about our favorite castaways. My question is, did he program the lighthouse mirror to be set to those people, or did he just write down the candidates as he saw them in the mirror? Hmmmm.
Before they arrived at the lighthouse, Hurley was visited by dead Jacob and instructed with some important information. Someone is coming to the island, and Hurley and Jack need to help them find it. In order to do this, they need to set the lighthouse at 108 degrees. This makes us wonder about whom exactly number 108 will be. I’ve come up with a small list of potential candidates for our new mysterious stranger.
This first one is a bit of a stretch, I know. Until now, Penny hasn’t seemed to be a very important piece of Lost’s overall mythology. Until now she’s just been Desmond’s long-lost love and father of his child. But she is the daughter of one of the island’s former leaders, so surely she has to fit in somewhere. She couldn’t possibly be just an unimportant B-character, could she? Sadly to say, the odds are not in her favor. If it’s going to be someone we already know, that person is most likely going to have a bigger influence than Penelope Widmore.
What about her dad? I know what you’re thinking, Charles Widmore could be a possibility to play the role of island savior. But let’s not forget the fact that Charles was banished by Ben for breaking the rules. As we see more and more of Jacob, I’m starting to think this banishment wasn’t handed down by him, but rather was something Ben put into effect on his own. And if it wasn’t Jacob who wanted Charles sent away from the island, then there’s nothing saying Jacob couldn’t bring Charles back to prove himself once more.
And even if you do believe Jacob was the cause of Charles being banished, it can be said that the banishment was part of a test for Charles. Send him off the island as one of those “if you love it, you’ll let it go” type of things. And just when he’s had a chance to redeem himself off-island, he can come back. The problem with this is that Charles has yet to redeem himself off-island. He’s a jerk to Desmond, a jerk to his daughter, and he’s even a jerk to Daniel and Ms. Hawking. Charles being number 108 is a possibility, but a very small one.
Walt seems like a good choice. You may remember that as a kid, he was kidnapped by the Others because he was special, only to be released a couple weeks later for being much more than they could handle. Since he left the island with his father, Michael, we’ve only seen Walt a handful of times. The problem with Walt is the actor who plays him has aged far beyond the years of the character. Puberty shows no mercy, especially when it comes to TV shows.
We have yet to see exactly why Walt is as special as the Others claimed. We’ve seen him lure birds into glass doors, and appear to Shannon in the jungle. We know he was somehow able to chat with Michael through a computer, so he obviously has some kind of psychic talent. But are any of these talents really special enough to save the island? We’ll just have to wait and find out. Chances are the island is finished with Walt, but there’s also a small part of me that wouldn’t be surprised if Walt turned out to be the savior Jacob was calling for.
Desmond is my favorite possibility. We know that he’s special, as evidenced by his ability to bend the rules of time and space. As Faraday has told us, the rules just don’t apply to Desmond because he’s special. Back in December, I had written up a theory explaining the possibility of Desmond being the son of Jacob. While this could still be a long shot, it’s starting to look less and less likely as the episodes progress.
We know that, according to Ms. Hawking, the island isn’t finished with Desmond yet. And we all know Desmond has ties to the number 108, as he pushed a button every 108 minutes for two years of his life. The only concern I have with this is the fact that getting Desmond back to the island would prove to be quite a chore. I have a feeling he wouldn’t willingly go back as long as his wife and child were still alive, which may not bode well for the Hume family. But regardless, keep your eyes on Desmond. Even if he isn’t 108, I have a feeling he’s going to turn out to be pretty important to Lost’s endgame.
Someone We Don’t Know
According to Lostpedia, and the countless screenshots already out there, the wheel shows number 108 as someone with the name “Wallace.” We have yet to meet a character with this last name, and the Lost crew rarely puts things like this in place as just placeholders. They know fans are going to hunt though the episodes for clues and pick apart every little detail they find. They would have known we’d find the name Wallace on the dial, and it was probably put there as a clue. So unless we find out that one of our characters changed their name at some point in their life (very unlikely), chances number 108 is someone we’ve never even met.
However, before I close, keep in mind one small point. The Lost crew is good on details, but sometimes they do throw in things for us to study, only to reveal it to be something we never thought of. Remember the obituary from the season three finale? Fans read over it for almost a year, trying to figure out who was in the coffin. The obituary listed things like the man having a son, and the name Jeremy Bentham. It turned out later that the name was the only thing we were supposed to take from the obit, as the rest of the story was put in there as a red herring, just a trick to mislead us and send us down the wrong track. The name on the wheel could turn out to be the same thing.
So who do you think number 108 is? Put your thoughts in the comments!