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Final Conclusions About Miscellaneous Unanswered Questions, part 1
"Now... I want some friggin' answers!!" --Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
After analyzing most of the major mysteries of LOST after the series finale, pretty much the only thing left to do is to go back over the remaining mysteries that I haven't covered thus far. So I'm just going to list them and attempt to fill in the gaps that the show didn't answer.
The Island's Ancient History
Based on all the hieroglyphs, we know that there were ancient Egyptians living on the Island at some point a long time ago. We just never saw them. Because of this, it's reasonable to conclude that they were the ones who built most of the ancient structures like the Statue of Taweret, the Temple, and all the caverns and stuff with hieroglyphs on them, but other than that, were just another group of people who lived on the Island. They may have been there before or after the events from "Across the Sea", but they were definitely dead and gone by 1867 when the Black Rock arrived.
My last theory was that the "darkness" that Dogen said had "infected" both Sayid and Claire was the same "sickness" that Danielle Rousseau believed killed the rest of her team, so I'm sticking with that theory. But what exactly is it? I'm willing to say it's just mental illnesses that people experience in the real world -- schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD... you name it. Since I'm not a psychiatrist, I won't bother trying to diagnose the specific mental disorders that characters on the Island might've had.
I've seen fans debate on which side Ben was on, which side Widmore was on, who was good, who was evil, etc. I've always believed Charles Widmore was on nobody's side but his own, even as the leader of the Others. And he was never really a good person. He was hot-headed as a teenager, devious as an adult, and pompous and arrogant as an old man. He was a murderer who didn't care about taking innocent lives to accomplish his goals. So how did he become the leader of the Others? The same way any other ruthless dictator of a nation does -- by taking advantage of the system that lets them rise to power. Ben did the same thing when he had Widmore exiled for breaking the rules. And Jacob just sat by and let it happen, due to his desire to stay uninvolved and see how the society runs itself. That is, until it was time for Jacob to set things up to destroy the Man in Black after Jacob's impending death, and he chose Widmore to carry out that plan. With no evidence to the contrary, I believe Widmore was telling the truth about being visited by Jacob and instructed to bring Desmond to the Island and protect the candidates. Widmore's nature hadn't changed, but his mission did. He was still willing to kill to accomplish it, and I'm assuming he's the one who killed all the Ajira survivors on Hydra Island. He accomplished his mission, but all his years of selfish ambition finally caught up to him when Ben shot him.
What was originally thought to be Jacob's cabin is probably one of the most confusing mysteries of the show. Based on the reveal that the appearances of Christian Shephard on the Island were the Man in Black, plus what we now know about the nature of Jacob, it is safe to assume that the Man in Black, not Jacob, was occupying the cabin each time we saw it. I believe Jacob did occupy the cabin at one time, since Ilana and her group went there first to look for Jacob, and Jacob himself had put the gray ash around the cabin to keep the Man in Black out. But at some point, somebody, possibly conned by the Man in Black, broke the ash circle, allowing the Man in Black to take over the cabin, forcing Jacob to move to the statue. If this theory is true, it would've happened before 1867, since Jacob was seen living at the statue at that time in "Ab Aeterno". This would also mean that the cabin could not have been built by Horace Goodspeed, as many currently believe based on his appearance in Locke's dream. I think that dream was merely another deception by the Man in Black to lure Locke to the cabin. So what exactly happened the first time we saw the cabin in "The Man Behind the Curtain"? We only saw a small portion of the ash circle, so it was likely already broken in another place. Ben, by his own admission, was faking his conversation with the invisible Jacob and wasn't expecting the cabin to go haywire like it did. This was the Man in Black in action, allowing Locke to think that there really was something special about the cabin. His "help me" line was referring to the fact that he (the Man in Black) was trapped on the Island. And what about the cabin appearing and disappearing? Merely an illusion. In the 1980's, David Copperfield made a 747 and the Statue of Liberty disappear, so the Man in Black can certainly make a small wooden cabin disappear in front of people's eyes with the right tricks.
Ben's Secret Room
If the cabin was confusing, Ben's secret room really does not make sense. Why would a closet in a house originally built by the DHARMA Initiative lead to an ancient tunnel used for summoning the smoke monster? Since we were never really given an explanation for it, other than Ben saying, "It was where I was told I could summon the monster, but it was summoning me," the only thing I can think of is that it was really just another deception by the Man in Black. The only reason the Others would let the DHARMA Initiative build their community above those ancient tunnels is if the tunnels were useless. The entrance to those tunnels was obviously above ground, so the DHARMA construction crew had to have seen it, but they were probably ordered to just build a house around it and make sure it couldn't be seen. When the Others moved into the DHARMA Barracks after the Purge, the Man in Black posed as someone claiming to speak for Jacob and approached Ben and told him about the tunnel hidden behind the walls of one particular house, so Ben did some interior remodeling and built the secret room so he could access the tunnel. The dirty drain inside the tunnel was nothing more than part of the ancient inhabitants' sewage system, but the Man in Black used it to give Ben a sense of control and let him think that the smoke monster was on his side.
I'll continue writing about more miscellaneous unanswered questions next week.
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