[tps_title]THE GALE SECTION[/tps_title]
- Ana-Lucia tells Henry that she’s found that killers “love to talk”. Obviously, she’s the one talking in the scene, and Henry is quick to notice as he tells her “You’re the killer, Ana-Lucia” – while attempting to strangle Ana to death, I should add.
- Henry references Ana-Lucia murdering the female Other who was carrying the list and Goodwin (The Other 48 Days). According to him, they were both “good people”.
- When Ben tells Ana that Goodwin used to think that she was misunderstood, he’s telling the truth. He mentions it to Juliet in The Other Woman, in a painful attempt to make Juliet jealous:
Ben: “[Goodwin]’s making a case for this woman, Ana-Lucia. Thinks she’d be a valuable member of our society – but, between you and me, I don’t see it. He feels very passionately about her. Almost inappropriately so…” (The Other Woman)
- Locke asks Henry the big question: Why try to kill Ana-Lucia, but not him? According to Henry, John is “one of the good ones” and should not be killed. We learn much later that Locke was one of Jacob’s Candidates, but it’s unlikely that Ben was aware of this at the time. It is possible, however, that Ben received a list with John’s name on it from Richard.
- It’s clear that Richard does see potential in Locke in later episodes. He encourages him to join the Others, and tells him that he’s “extremely special” (The Brig). Let’s not forget that Richard already met John in 1954 – two years before he was even born (Jughead).
- In any case; Ben tells Juliet in a flashback in Exposé that he plans to use Michael to bring Jack to him, so that Jack can perform surgery on him. This means it’s more likely that Ben was coming for Jack, rather than Locke, and knew that Michael was going to help him escape before he was even captured.
- Adding fuel to the theory is Michael’s impeccable timing in this episode. As Henry says himself, Jack would probably have killed him if he’d returned empty-handed. Michael was sent back just in time to prevent that from happening.
- Even Locke questions Michael’s strange timing for a moment. At first, he thinks the Others “gave” them Michael back. Jack doesn’t even consider it, but as it turns out in Three Minutes, Locke was right all along.
- So why, if Ben did not come for Locke, would he tell Locke that he did? This episode already seems to answer that question: Locke lies to Jack about Henry attacking Ana-Lucia. In doing so, he’s not just covering for Ana, but Henry as well. He wants Henry alive to learn the truth, and he knows that Jack would kill Henry if he’d heard about the attempted murder. His lie prevented that from happening. What Locke did not factor in was Ana’s her own desire for revenge. Big mistake.
- It’s either that, or Locke is still honoring the deal he made with Henry in Lockdown. As you might recall, John promised Henry that he would protect him from his fellow survivors. Ana-Lucia made a similar deal in The Whole Truth. Needless to say, she’s not in the mood to honor it.