LOST - Locke, Jacob's nemesis and the Smoke Monster

IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE SEASON 5 FINALE OF LOST, "THE INCIDENT," YOU WILL BE SPOILED IF YOU CONTINUE READING.

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People have been poring over Season 5 of LOST, looking for some hint that the John Locke who emerged from Ajira 316 wasn't actually John Locke. My only thought was that the shoes had something to do with it. And I still kinda think they might. But that's not my "eureka" moment.

No, my eureka moment arrives by way of the episode "Dead is Dead." The Non-Locke, Ben, and Sun are at Ben's house in the DHARMA barracks. Ben goes to the Smoke Monster Phone Book, aka a dirty drain, and speaks into it. He is surprised that the Monster doesn't appear to be answering his call once he makes it back outside.

Ben and Sun have the following conversation:

BEN: Where did John go?

SUN: He said he had something to do.

BEN: Did he say what it was?

SUN: No, I didn't ask. Jack must have lied.

BEN: Excuse me?

SUN: About Locke being dead? I don't know why he would, but that's the only explanation.

BEN: Jack didn't lie. John was dead.

SUN: Just because he was in a coffin doesn't mean that he couldn't have faked his dea--

BEN: Trust me. I'm sure.

SUN: So you knew this would happen to Locke if we brought him back here?

BEN: Sun, I had no idea it would happen. I've seen this Island do miraculous things. I've seen it heal the sick, but never once has it done anything like this. Dead is dead. You don't get to come back from that, not even here. So the fact that John Locke is walking around this Island... scares the living hell out of me.

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You may want to go inside.

SUN: Why?

BEN: Because what's about to come out of that jungle is something I can't control.

Out pops the Non-Locke (hint 1). The Non-Locke mocks Ben for the Monster's apparent absence (hint 2). Then he tells Ben that he knows where the Monster can be found (hint 3). They go to the Temple, Ben is led beneath it, and falls through a floor to a sublevel where he encounters the Monster. The Non-Locke is out of the picture.

I said before that this bore a strong similarity to the scene in Season 2's "Lockdown," when Ben circumvents the blast doors to push the button in the Swan station. Except we don't really know for sure what he did at the computer.

Similarly, we don't really know what the Non-Locke was doing while Ben was trapped with the Monster. The Non-Locke could have been controlling it, or giving it orders. Or he could BE the Smoke Monster.