SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen the episode airing May 4, don't read this.
First of all, Jin and Sun. What a horrible, touching, unexpected scene that was--and just when they had found each other again. My mother bear instinct was in full force as I watched it--"SWIM AWAY, Jin! You have to live for your daughter!"--but I suppose it's comforting to know that these two at least were together at the end. It's especially touching when you recall the miserable state their marriage was in when the series began. Talk about redemption.
Speaking of redemption (and horrible, disappointing moments)--Sayid appears to be dead, and I suspect he's actually, really dead this time. We learned he did not kill Desmond, and we also learned that something spiritually "awakened" him from his fog of nastiness. He once again resumed his rightful place as hero. But what was it? What caused him to suddenly revert back to goodness when all indications were that he was utterly lost? Was it some goodness still lurking in him? Did Jacob somehow "call" to him? And what of his line to Jack: "It's going to be you, Jack." Does this mean Jack is the appointed caretaker of the Island? How does Sayid know?
Perhaps most significant was a further fleshing out of the "rules"--most importantly, that Locke himself is unable to kill the candidates themselves. It also appears (though not as clearly) that candidates are unable to kill themselves (remember Jack in the Black Rock with Richard?) This tells me that the "Kwon" name from the cave wall was likely Sun, since Jin technically killed himself by staying with his wife in the sub. Any thoughts on that?
A few more questions that tonight raised:
--Where is Richard? Miles?
--It appears that Sideways Jack is close to a moment of realization, as he sees the strange coincidence of Flight 815. What will happen to help him realize the truth?
--I still really want to know why all the candidates must be together for Fake Locke's plan to be in place. With the Kwons dead, does this ruin his plan?
--The last scene in the hospital with Jack and John was heartwrenchingly beautiful. How I want to believe there's hope for a happy ending for John Locke, somewhere (or sometime). Could Sayid's redemption signal hope for John? Maybe? Please?
--What's the significance of the music box given to Claire by her father?
--In the sideways timeline, Claire and Jack appear to be headed back to his place, so she can stay with him. Will we learn the identity of his (sideways) son's mother? My vote is still on Juliet.
--Is Frank Lapidus dead?
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