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I heard rumors Ben was going to have a flashback this episode of LOST. I thought that the writers would portray him in a more sympathetic light and weâ€™d see that he was just doing what he was doing because he was just trying to survive on the island.
I was partially right. The initial flashback of the young Benjamin Linus showed him as a kid whose father really didnâ€™t care for him and blamed him for his motherâ€™s death. So we really canâ€™t blame him when he sets out to join the islandâ€™s original inhabitants.Â But when he 1) kills his own father, 2) knowingly participates in the genocide of the Dharma Initiative, and 3) shoots Locke, all of my sympathy for him went right out the window. Ben is truly evil (but wonderful) character. Iâ€™m glad the writers took the path that they did and showed that plane crash survivors have a true enemy. Jack, Sayid, Sawyer, and company better be prepared for a true struggle when the original islandâ€™s inhabitants come for Sun (and Kate?).
Hereâ€™s my theory about the mysterious Jacob character that we saw briefly before Locke runs out of the house. My think he was the leader of the islandâ€™s original inhabitants before the Dharma Initiative genocide. Since Ben has proven himself time and time again to be a master manipulator and someone who loves power and control over others, my theory is that he learned more about the islandâ€™s secrets, managed to imprison Jacob in that house, and assumed the leadership of the islandâ€™s inhabitants. (The Others really donâ€™t seem fond of him as their leader.) Jacob asked Locke for help because he wants to get out of the prison he finds himself in and get rid of Ben. Thatâ€™s why Ben felt threatened when he realized Locke heard his voice and decided to shoot him. He doesnâ€™t want Jacob to leave his prison.
Finally, a noteÂ to all those who complained (and you know who you are) about the episode earlier in the season where Hurley found the Dharma vanÂ as beingÂ a waste of time: Does it make you view the episode in a different light now that we know how the van came to be in that spot and who the Roger guy was who was driving it? There are no wasted episodes in LOST. Every episode really does ties into the larger story thatâ€™s just beginning to come to light.