Last night's season finale set-up episode titled "Follow the Leader" was nail-biting fun. The last line summed it up perfectly: "I'm going to kill Jacob." Why was that line so much fun? Because I guarantee not one of you out there expected the resurrected John Locke to say that. That quote solidified the fact that while we may theorize and have our ideas, the powers that be are steering this ship and we the viewers are along for a very turbulent ride.
Last night showed two different people making a stance with rather serious implications. Developing for a while was Jack wanting to detonate the hydrogen bomb "Jughead" to erase the past. The second one was Locke's blind side reveal of his desire to kill the apparently omnipotent Jacob. What I felt from viewing this episode is that both leaders' journeys seem to be two sides of the same coin. Jack is no longer the "Science" countering Locke's "Faith." Jack feels it is his destiny, much like Locke has felt for all 5 seasons of the show, to blow up "Jughead" and right all of the "wrongs" of the past 3 years for our Losties.
Now comes the debate: Is this the right thing to do? Is this the end that the viewers want to see? Will detonating the bomb actually cause "The Incident"? Why does Locke need to kill Jacob? What are the true repercussions for theses actions? How will they continue into next season? I, for one, love how the writers set up all of this suspense over these decisions, leaving us hanging till the finale to see what decisions they make. This is masterful storytelling that will definitely split viewers in fractions of what they think the decisions and outcomes should be.
What do you think? What do you think is going to happen? There are a lot of possible theories as to what will happen. Let's take this week until the finale to throw out our theories and see which ones will actually come true.
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