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So now we've got THREE characters - Juliet, Charlie, Desmond - that became aware of the timeline split when they were near death. Juliet was dying when she tried to tell Sawyer that Jughead "worked". Charlie was chocking when he he had a flash of, presumably, Claire. And Desmond was nearly drowning when he saw "Not Penny's boat", and being in an electromagnetic device that should have killed him must have played a role. We are to assume there is a link between critical state and timeline split awareness. Could that be a clue to WHAT the FST is ? Since the awareness seems to work both ways, we can deduce both are real : FST is not a fantasy, or else Juliet wouldn't have "seen" it. My theory : most of the stories in the FST revolve around, like Charlie said, choices. I'm guessing the characters' path in the FST is the result of their choices in the OT ( Ben, for instance, is a better man in the FST, maybe reflecting his burgeoning redemption in the OT ) . So why would the dead or the dying be more aware that there are two timelines ? Maybe because, when you die, your choices determine what you become, if you believe in an afterlife, which seems to be LOST writers' case. Mind you, I'm not saying the FST is afterlife, just like it. Maybe when the OT events will come to a close, Jacob or whatever the island's higher powers are, will "judge" the characters ( think Smoky, just more indulgent ) , and "create" the FST according to their moral choices ? Any thoughts ?--Lccf 10:36, April 8, 2010 (UTC)