Well, there are lots of theories swirling around at this point -- mainly that Locke is another manifestation of the monster, because he disappeared before the monster appeared. But I keep flashing back to when we saw Locke eat the mango Ilana handed him. I think when he tells Sun that he's the same man he always was, he's telling the truth. And yet he's not in some ways, because he's so transformed in this episode. Everything weak and waffling about Locke seems to be gone. And in his place seems to be this man Locke could have and should have been.
I think leaving Ben alive only to follow Locke might be, for Ben, a fate worse than death. It's hard to imagine he'll obey the monster -- he's not big on rules -- and yet that whole judgment must have been a transforming experience.
There is a lot of speculation swirling around that Ben still killed Penny after Desmond beat the tar out of him, but I don't think that's true and don't want to, so I won't unless or until I see it. Ben had already decided not to kill Penny -- not to kill the mother of a little boy -- before Desmond jumped him. I think he can understand Desmond's reaction, and I think the apology he relayed to Sun was just for the attempt (and for attempting to shoot Des), not for anything worse. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
This week, we get "Some Like It Hoth" in which the Dharmaville residents grow suspicious when wee Ben is no longer in St. Jacob's Hospital, and Miles has to deliver and important package. 'Til then, stay out of trouble and do whatever John Locke tells you to do.
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