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Posted at 4:20 PM ET, 05/ 4/2010

The 'Lost' 5: Heading toward 'The Candidate'

By Jen Chaney

Jin and Sun: will they be torn asunder again? (ABC)

In less than three weeks, there will no more "Lost" episode pre-hashing to do. All we'll have are the memories and, most likely, a finale that will compel us to do extensive Wikipedia research and write "Lost"-related senior theses until the end of time.

But before we flash-forward to the end, let's focus on what remains, including tonight's episode, "The Candidate." Here are five things to continue pondering as we await more of the final installments in the Greatest Story Ever Told About an Island That Has Polar Bears on It.

1. Who is the Candidate?
"The Last Recruit" gave us the impression that Jack was, indeed, MIB's last recruit. (And, perhaps in addition, that Claire was the last recruit for the Losties on Team Sawyer.) So is it possible that Jack also will be the Candidate -- i.e. the stand-in for Jacob and the person to whom this episode's title refers? I am leaning toward yes, but consider other possible scenarios.

Reader Fate1 posited in a comment on our "Last Recruit" analysis that perhaps young David Shepard is the real candidate:

David is at the hospital where the Lostees are all gathering thanks to Desmond. He is mature for his age. And Lost has always had this parent/child thing going since day 1. I think David, whose name is also Shepard, may be the candidate, and I'm guessing he also must exist in the Island timeline, somewhere. Maybe a child Jack never knew he had (with Juliet's sister?), and will end up on the island in the next episode. I know its probably a longshot but there was a sign at the entrance to the piano recital saying 'Welcome all Candidates.'

Not sure if I totally buy it, but it's an interesting theory. Also, a sneak peek from tonight's episode (which you can find on ABC's Web site) indicates that there may be a candidate of another sort in the sideways world, which only reinforces my belief that on the island, the candidate is Jack.

2. Does somebody die tonight?
I know I keep asking this question. But one of these weeks, I have to be right, don't I?


Kristin Dos Santos of E! reports there will be at least one major death tonight. For those of you who are still reading, feel free to begin the speculation about who will bite it ... now!

3. Is MIB full of it?
In "The Last Recruit," MIB told Jack he had appeared to him on the island, in the form of deceased dad Christian Shepard. But just as we were all ready to brush our hands together with the satisfaction that, finally, a "Lost" question got resolved, a bunch of readers started asking questions. Like, "Wait a minute, who was the Christian apparition that appeared to Jack at the hospital?" And " Who was behind the Christian Ghost that appeared to Michael on the freighter? Was that MIB, too?"

I'm willing to believe the non-island-based elder Dr. Shephards were hallucinations of some sort. But the broader question here is whether MIB can ever be taken at face value. Was he even being honest about assuming the form of Christian? Or is he just the lyingest liar since that manipulative Henry Gale guy?

4. What of Sun and Jin?
Liz had a chance to chat with Daniel Dae Kim last week and asked him whether Jin and Sun ultimately will find a happy ending. His response? "It's hard to say. I don't mean to be evasive about it, but it depends on your definition of happiness."

Uh-oh. What will happen to the two recently reunited characters? Will they be forced apart again? I could see a twist on what happened at the end of season four, only this time perhaps Sun will be left on the island while Jin departs to meet their daughter. I also can envision a scenario where they (cue the funeral dirge) both perish together, which honestly seems more likely. Because wherever Sun goes, Jin goes.

5. What does Allison Janney have to do with all this?

I have to think that tonight's episode will take us to a critical turning point in the narrative. Why? Because next week's episode is -- and again, SPOILER ALERT -- the much ballyhooed installment that features none of our core characters. But apparently it does feature Allison Janney; in an interview with New York Magazine's Culture Vulture blog, Evangeline Lilly hints at what Janney's role might be, which has me even more confused/intrigued/concerned.

Where the heck are these last "Lost" travels taking us? Liz and I look forward to finding out -- then trying to make sense out of it -- with all of you.

By Jen Chaney  | May 4, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  Lost, TV  | Tags:  Lost, Lost 5  
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One word about last nite...devastating. I cried for about 15 minutes.

Posted by: wadejg | May 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

I cried last night and again this morning after reading the synopsis on Lostpedia.

Posted by: CafeBeouf | May 5, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I didn't cry, but am definitely bummed.

Posted by: charodon | May 5, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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