Thanks to everyone who left comments and theories on the two Lost posts that were up yesterday. Combined, there were almost 50 comments in one day, and I had my highest traffic numbers ever (the mantle had previously been held by the Nikki/Paulo episode, and I assume half the people stumbled onto my blog by simply typing in Nikki…)
As I said several times yesterday, this episode will make us think a lot. Maybe a week from now we’ll see it in an entirely new light than we did two days ago, and we’ll be coming up with new and more angles every day. The one I was thinking of was Locke as a phoenix. Both Crissy and Chapatikid yesterday commented that the line around Jacob’s house could be volcanic ash, and it made me think of a phoenix. The more I thought about it, the more I realized just how many times we’ve seen Locke lying flat on his back. Possibly in every Locke flashback episode. I went through and found them in everything but Orientation (though I could be missing something there), and picked up these screen caps from Lost-media.com.
In season 1’s Walkabout, the episode opened with Locke on his back after the plane crash, looking down at his toe as it wiggled. This was his rebirth on the island.
In each of these cases, Locke has arisen and walked again, so I think there’s probably no doubt he’ll do it again, unless his luck has finally run out. It can't be a coincidence that we see Locke lying in this state again and again. Like a phoenix, it’s like Locke keeps living these complicated, difficult lives, and dies, only to be born again from the ashes of his previous death.
Another theory buzzing around boards is that, if we take the time warp/time travel theory to be true, then there are possibly various times happening at once on the island. If that’s the case, could Jacob actually be Locke, an older version of him who’s been trapped by the Ben of the past? Complicated, creepy, and intriguing.