A recent post on this blog got me thinking. I've been wondering, is John Locke really meant to be the leader of the Others? What if setting up Ben as the main villain is really just a "long con" on the part of the producers? I expanded my idea a bit in a recent email exchange with a friend:
"What if this is all a test of faith for Ben? Consider some of the evidence - Ben got Widmore off the island, and deposed him as "leader". Widmore expects that the same thing happened to John - but it was the Island itself who told John he had to go. And Christian was upset that Locke had sent Ben instead, because Ben is now "banished" from the Island.
Maybe Ben lost his way, lost his faith, and believed John was to be the new (or the true) "leader" so Be…Read more >