Posted 06 June 2008 - 07:42 AM
Here is my thoughts for coming seasons:
Note: These are just some detailed thoughts one of a few theories I have about coming seasons. Yes, I'm that much of a Lost geek I guess.
The new seasons will be based in the present. Or as close to the present it actually is right now (I actually think they are going to be in the end of 2007 finally, maybe 2008).
The story line will likely focus on the present with new flashbacks. The main difference with these flash backs is they won't be all placed in the way past, but rather as flash backs for what else has happened on and off the island during the three years since they left.
I believe that when Ben "moved" the island, he moved them forward in time 10 months (from December 24th 2004 to October 24th 2005). "Why only 10 months?" you may ask. I believe it is likely because of the dial. Turning it from the place that Ben grabbed all the way into the rock face would technically only turn the dial just short of a full half turn. Considering 1 half turn as a whole year, just short of a complete one would be 10 out of 12 months.
Ben gets expelled from the island, likely an effect of turning the dial and ended up in the future (the episode where he was in Tunisia). If you noticed, Ben had the arm wound and was wearing the exact same jacket with the Orchard Dharma Logo that he was in his "flash forward" where he ended up there. And if you remember, when he arrived there, the date that the lady at the hotel stated was October 24th, 2005. Ben actually reaffirms the year with her.
Flashbacks during the year skipped by the island (end of 2004 - end of 2005) has already been focused on some in this current season. This current season was peppered with early flash forwards and late flash forwards. Some examples are Ben's arrival in Tunisia, Sayid's recruitment by Ben, as well as some of the few Oceanic 6 episodes were about. The season seemed to end more then 3 years later in the future.
I want to note that off the island, an extra year has passed for the oceanic six then for those on the island.
Since the 6 have left, things on the island haven't been the same. There is a reason everyone was there and now the island is not in balance or something. I really want to know what the things were that Locke said happened since they left. Anyways, I think as leader, things were not working out as planned and likely the others are now at war with the crash victims (as Sawyer will now be leading) - either that or a new evil force is on the island killing both others and oceanic alike. Something is likely very wrong with Jacob (why he has Christian, Jacks father, doing things for him) and Locke becomes convinced that the only way to restore peace on the island is to get everyone to come back. This is why Locke goes off the island to ask them to come back.
Kate doesn't want to go back because Claire has been warning her to not go back with Aaron. Hurley doesn't want to go back because of Charlie and the entire relation to being bad luck (although he will begin to notice that when he was on the island, he mainly had good luck, and will eventually be swayed, perhaps by Charlie himself, to head back). Jack is desperate to get back so he will work for Ben to trick and likely force the others to come back to the island. Sun is working for Widmore because she wants to get back to the island because she believes that Jin is still alive and she doesn't trust Ben. She has good reason to as well.
I think that when Locke came back to the Oceanic 6 in the present, he got in contact with Ben as well. Ben, the manipulative bastard he is, gets Locke to put trust in him and Locke reveals a way to get back to the island (but only with the oceanic 6 plus Locke). Ben, overcome with this revelation and the reveal that he isn't invited back himself, ends up eventually (maybe in later episodes) killing Locke. He then formulates the plan to convince Jack to help him force the other Oceanic 6 to come back to the island. Sun, who is now in a partnership with Widmore, acts as a double agent against Ben, while convincing him she will go back to the island to meet with Jin. She has mixed motives here. Since Ben knew that they couldn't get back without Locke (or his body at least), he convinced Jack and people that they must take him back as well, as per Locke's "instructions". He hopes that by doing this, he can pass unnoticed and get back to the island with them.
This final part is a long shot, but I think that this is an idea for a big reveal later in the seasons. Ben had taken control of Jacob when he was on the island. Ben would only go to check on Jacob when the others began to ask questions so he obviously didn't want to visit there often. Also, if you remember, a giant circle of some sort of sand was placed around the cabin. I believe this was to keep the cabin in one place so Ben would know where it was. When Locke came along, Ben had control over Jacob and only played out the part of Jacob being in control for Locke because he was convinced that Locke couldn't see him. When he found out that Locke could, then he new he was in trouble of losing his place in power. So he tried to kill Locke. When he learned that Locke survived and later that Jacob's cabin was on moving around again (because Christian, freed Jacob. This is why he now acts as representative for the island), Ben knew he was in trouble with Jacob. This explains why when they find the cabin, Ben refuses to go inside. When Locke tells him that he has to move the island, he knows that Jacob is telling him that to regain his (Jacob's) favor he must save the island. But, like Ben is. He still considers the island "his" and so he will try to do anything to get it back. He knows that one can only get to the island by fate (or careful searching) and so part of his plan was to try to get a few of the "Lost" off the island so he could use them as a way to get back. He ended up with the 6. During his time off the island, he recruits Sayid to slowly take out Widmore's influential men in the corporation (possible owners/candles of the Dharma Initiative?) to protect the island from invasion.
Eventually his plan starts to unfold and the final season will be against Ben and the lost survivors on the island. Back to it's true roots of "The Others" vs. "The survivors". Full circle but with so many new differences. Imagine the sh*t they could do with the smoke monster now!
Long ass post, with a sh*tload of information and spoilers. But I am submitting that somewhere, so it works for me. Just wanted to give you guys a bunch of stuff to either hope for, or hate. I don't care, I think it would make an interesting story. How f*cking crazy luck would it be if that is how it works out.