NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN
- Sawyer has now entered the game as the economic leader, to compete with the likes of Jack and Locke. He doesn’t need people to like him – in fact, he doesn’t want to be liked at all. All he needs is property to trade and to influence the other survivors.
- Unfortunately, there’s one thing Sawyer overlooked: Ana-Lucia’s own obsession with guns. She never gave up the gun she took from Sayid in Collision, and she gives it to Jack in S.O.S.. By that time, Jack is starting to realize going against Locke was a mistake. He teams up with him and Kate, and uses Ana’s gun to finally kick Sawyer off his throne. Sawyer versus Jack, Locke, Kate and Ana-Lucia… That sounds familiar!
- A while later, Ana-Lucia is killed, Jack is kidnapped by the Others and Kate and Locke are off on a mission to get him back. This finally puts Sawyer back in a leadership position. But not before Charlie confesses to Sun that he and Sawyer were behind the fake attack (Exposé).
- There’s one more thing left to do for Sawyer to become the perfect leader, and it involves another con: Hurley tricks Sawyer into being nicer in Left Behind. It’s another way to turn Sawyer into a leadership figure, and one that doesn’t involve any tension among the survivors. It’s classic Hurley, and it works.
Hurley: ”Jack’s gone, Locke’s gone. Kate and Sayid… You’re all we got. With Paulo and Nikki dying, we all looked to you. Then again, you totally tried to steal the diamonds, but we wanted to look to you. Look around: you made everyone happy. Just for today, they can eat boar, laugh and forget that they’re totally screwed. And you did that for ’em, dude. You.” (Left Behind)
- Of course, Jack returns one episode after that. After Sawyer gets rid of another one of his demons in The Brig, and then another in Through The Looking Glass, he starts changing for the better. He sacrifices his own freedom for that of the Oceanic Six in There’s No Place Like Home, and gets another chance at leadership when he gets stuck in 1974. Three years later, he’s become ”LaFleur”: A man who has learned to use the qualities required for a good con man (intelligence, charm and insight) for the betterment of his people. And he actually wears a sheriff’s star on his Dharma suit!
- As he tells Jack himself, Sawyer has become a better leader than Jack ever was because he actually thinks things through (Namaste). A point well made, until Sawyer sucker punched Phil and locked him in a closet. Things went downhill fast after that. Discussions about who was the better leader can go on for ages.
- (My money’s on Jack.)
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