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Posted at 4:20 PM ET, 04/ 6/2010

The 'Lost' 5: Questions to ponder ahead of 'Happily Ever After'

By Liz Kelly

He's baaaack! Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond. (ABC)

Aye brotha', Desmond is back and tonight's episode will be all about our favorite one-time monk, soldier, button pusher, sailboat captain, lover of women named Penny and constant. But what is the man who vowed to never return to the island doing back and is he there of his own volition?

Warning: The spoiler averse may want to click away now (if things like casting news a and clips will spoil your show-watching experience).

1. Will we see any old, familiar faces in tonight's show?
Sure will, kiddos. According to the official ABC press release we're due for cameos from Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Jeremy Davies (Daniel Faraday), Fionnula Flanagan (Ms. Hawking), Sonya Walger (Penny) and Fisher Stevens (George Minkowski -- one of the first victims of time travel sickness). The casting notes also label one character "Goon no. 1" and you know you just can't go wrong when there's at least one goon involved.

2. Could the Desmond who arrived on the island be from the sideways world timeline?
Anything's possible, as we die-hard Losties know. But my guess is no. The Desmond Hume who returned to the island aboard Widmore's sub is the same old Des we know and love. In fact, I'm wondering if one possible explanation for his extreme grogginess is that he was snatched -- by Widmore, aka the world's crappiest father-in-law -- from the hospital where we left him at the end of season five, recovering from his Ben Linus-inflicted gunshot wound. I'm banking on a "the last thing I remember is passing out in the hospital and I wake up back on the island" scene. And, in fact, this clip from tonight's show pretty much confirms that theory.

That isn't to say we won't get more glimpses at sideways Desmond. We know he exists in that dimension since he made an appearance on flight 815 in the season opener and, in this second clip from tonight's show, we see him interacting with (or creepily hitting on?) Claire at the airport:

3. Okay, okay, but why did Widmore bring Des back to the island?
Well, my ideas are half-formed. As Daniel Faraday once said, the rules don't apply to Desmond so maybe he has the ability to complete some task which none of the Losties or Widmore are capable. Jen's theory is a bit more concrete: that since Desmond caused the Oceanic 815 crash and pressed the fail-safe key, thereby preventing a global catastrophe, that perhaps he is crucial to preventing another.

Though at what cost to Des? When he pressed that fail-safe key, he became unstuck in time and almost lost his life to time travel sickness before making contact with his constant, Penny.

4. What is sideways world, really?

Well, that's the million dollar question. This week's pet theory comes courtesy of Dark UFO, where poster Battousaiken posits that sideways world is a "mirror" constructed by MIB to trap the candidates so he can escape the island:

...this is not really a new, alternate universe that has always existed parallel to the main one, nor is it one that diverged from the main one during jughead, making everything before that event the same in both universes. Nope. This universe is an artificial construct that begins right when the viewer starts watching it, meaning that everything that happened before seating on the plane is false, a construct, implanted memories. In short, a retcon created by MiB.
We see the Losties looking closely in the mirror and we see bleeding between the universes. This is probably because the AU was created recently and the people in it are not fully integrated to it. With some convincing, they might be able to return to where they belong (the island).

5. What will we all do once "Lost" actually ends?
You mean aside from immediately rewatching our seasons one through five DVDs and planning an annual fan convention? Well, if Michael Emerson is to be trusted, he and co-star Terry O'Quinn may be teaming up for a post-"Lost" project to keep us busy. Emerson told New York Magazine's Vulture blog that he and O'Quinn have tossed around some ideas for a new show:

"I think [Terry O'Quinn has] gone so far as to half-seriously discuss it with various producer types. And, of course, everyone always says, 'Great idea! Great idea!' But what exactly is the idea? And how does it actually get made is a whole other kettle of fish. I don't know if a thing like that is a pipe dream of ours ... but it would make me happy."

Would it be a "Lost" spin-off? Emerson doesn't say.

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See you back here tomorrow morning for the post-show analysis and at 2 p.m. ET for the "Lost" Hour chat.

By Liz Kelly  | April 6, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  Lost  | Tags:  Ben Linus, Desmond Hume, Dominic Monaghan, Henry Ian Cusick, Jeremy Davies, Lost, Sonya Walger, Terry O'Quinn  
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My theory has been that in the sideways world, Desmond is the new Jacob. I hope that holds up.

Posted by: gtrain82 | April 6, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I think its clear that the sideways world is what the world is when MIB escapes. The island is sunk by some means and no longer keeping him corked up. The Lostees never crashed on the island, Ben was never shot and then saved in the temple, a lot of history caused by the Lostees back in 1974-1977 never happens. Rousseau never is stranded on the island and her friends never infected because MIB is not there. But, those events not happening also effect our Lostees. Sort of a circular time loop where one can effect the outcome of one's own actions.

So I think sideways is a view of things had the island sunk in 1977, maybe by drilling into the electromagnetic anomaly (not the nuke). I don't think Des is from sideways world. I think he was brought by Widmore, with Eloise's knowledge, either because he is somehow special, can see the future, is immune from MIB, or other reasons. But its clear that he is their secret weapon and Sayid knows he is there. I think we'll see Sayid killed very soon. I also think we'll see some time traveling, maybe by the donkey wheel or some other means. Hurley is most likely the one who read the numbers over the radio that Rousseau heard long ago. Hurley has not done that yet in the story, so off he will likely go, and soon, into the past on a mission, possibly with Des.

Ohm, and I don't think we've met the candidate Wallace yet. Just a hunch.

Posted by: Fate1 | April 6, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Why oh why did we not think to look at Daniel's diary before??


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