Lately I have seriously begun to consider the possibility that the writers paired Sawyer and Juliet together for mythological reasons and not as ordinary triangle fodder. I think that Juliet is pregnant, and that Suliet was a plot device for her to become pregnant and not some Skate obstacle or something like that. Not only that, but I firmly believe now (and I know I'm not the first to have come up with this suggestion) that the baby she carries is non other than Jacob, and the Incident will result in her being thrusted way back in time to maybe the early 18th century by the big flash, and due to her importance the island will save her long enough for her to be found by... Mr. X/Samuel/Esau/Anti-Jacob/whatshisname, who may have lived on the island even longer than Jacob. Juliet will flash out of the hatch like Desmond did and end up in the past because the island wanted it so, and Mr. X will save her life by immortalizing her just as has happened with Jacob and Richard Alpert. And why do I believe that Jacob may be Juliet's son?
Well, for the first thing, he lives under the feet of a fertility goddess statue (Taweret), and Juliet just happens to be the fertility expert on the island, and lookwise it's not at all unthinkable that a union between Juliet and Sawyer could result in a child that looks like Jacob in adulthood. Even his height matches pretty well. We have had hints of a possible pregnancy twice: once in Namaste, where upon being asked about having a baby, Juliet says "the TIMING has to be right", then in the Incident, when she holds her hand on her stomach and says "Maybe another TIME". And Darlton themselves have said the three years in Dharma "doesn't matter" (or something like that), while at the same time commenting on how S/J have been very positively received. Seems quite contradictory to me. Maybe they mean that the three years doesn't matter relatively, because the far more important thing will be what came out of that relationship rather than the relationship itself? We've seen Jacob now, but we don't know where he came from and there's only about 12 hours of effective screentime left. He has got to have a mother and a father, but with only one season left, there isn't enough time to introduce any new characters (especially not anyone that the viewers will be able to relate to at this late stage), nor would there be time to let a possible Juliet baby be just some random kid that has no connection to the overarching Lost mythos. IMO, there would no time either to call Elizabeth/Juliet back just to have her appear as a ghost and/or in flashbacks. The writers will definitely (and hopefully) want to make use of every character to their fullest extant in the last season and not waste any precious time on ghosts.
Jacob knew early on who will end up on Oceanic 815 - Kate, Sawyer, Jack, Hurley, Sayid, Jin and Sun - already in the 70's. How could he have known this? Did/does he have precognative powers, or is he a time traveller, or both? Well, Juliet could have told him. She has studied their personal files. She would have known where to find Sawyer and Kate in the 70's/80's. After spending time with both the Others/Hostilies, the Losties and the Dharma Iniative, she would have known about the Black Rock, the Hanso Foundation, Alvar Hanso, the DeGroots, Charles Widmore, Eloise Hawking, Desmond Hume, the Dharma Initiative, the US military in 1954 and the Jughead, the pregnancy issues, the Kahana and the Freighties, the Others, Benjamin Linus, Horace Goodspeed, Walt Lloyd, Oceanic 815 and the Losties, and she could have told Jacob all about this. Jacob knows a lot, but he has got to have some source for what he knows, and what better source would there be than Juliet, who is alone in having spent time with both the Others, the Losties/Freighties/Desmond and Dharma.
I think it's possible that Juliet may have recruited her younger self in 2001 through Jacob and Richard, and that the ageless version of Juliet is in cahoots with Charles Widmore too. She could have made use of her future medical expertise to help Widmore start his business empire so mysteriously quickly by manufacturing medical applications that are ahead of their time, and she could be the unknown mother that Widmore fathered Penelope with off island. She would have known about Desmond Hume and through her association with Widmore helped set things up so that he ended up on the island to ensure that whatever happened, happened. She could have been instrumental in orchestring the Dharma food droppings in 2004 to help the Losties, her friends, even after the DI was eradicated in 1992. She and Jacob could have come to both Alvar Hanso and the DeGroots to inspire them to start the Dharma Initiative during the 50's and 60's and could, alongside with Jacob, have shared knowledge about life extending technology with Alvar Hanso, explaining why he's 112 years old. Woe to Darlton if they go any other way than my brilliant, unparalled setup...
If I'm onto something here, then it might be that Darlton have saved Juliet for something really grand in the later half of season 6 that may not be dealt with until maybe the 10th or 11th episode or so but then will be part of a big 3-5 episode mythology-heavy story arc, and that they knew that this would be a part of her story arc from the beginning, so they recommended Elizabeth to search for something else to do under the first 3-4 months since she would hardly be needed for the shootings until then. The writers may have known that they had to do this in the later half of the season since it would be too revealing otherwise, hence why Juliet may not appear very much until then. I think that if there will be Sawyer-centric flashbacks to S/J's happy Dharma days, it's possible that the Lost makers already recorded such extra S/J scenes while shooting "LaFleur" since they anticipated that they might be needed in season six, so they may not even have to bring in EM to record even the flashbacks, hence her anticipated availability for other work (V) for some time before they call her back in bigtime.
My guess is, based upon spoilers at DarkUFO, that we will see Jacob and the ageless version of Juliet infiltrating the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor and the Hanso Foundation separetely under pseudonyms, erasing any information about Juliet's and the Left-behinders involvement in Dharma 74-77, and showing them doing this may even be the opening scene of season six.
That's pretty darned brilliant and, if they were going to have more seasons for this to play out for us, I would say that you've probably had a mind meld with Darlton (Oops! Mixing up my shows. This is Lost and not Firnge. )
I agree that Juliet's pregnant. The scene between her and Bernard pretty much sealed it for me. Why would they show that if it doesn't work towards resolution somewhere in the show??
If she is the mother of Jacob, that would make her the "mother' of the Island. Does this change the history of the Island though?? I dunno.
What if JUliet didn't change anything at all? What if Miles idea was the right one....they are doing exactly what they are supposed to do in 1977...what proof do we have that they are not?
In what we already saw about Dharma we know that women and children were transported out of the island ...now we know why, we know that Pierre Chang probably lost his arm in 1980 and he still has his arm in 1977, we know that universe has a course correcting...maybe the real incident didn't even occured yet but he will...in 1980, the year Chang is supposed to lose his arm. maybe between 1977 and 1980, Radzinsky will rebuilt the swan and will live in it...
I may get a bit off topic here, but I have expended upon what I wrote above about how Juliet could end up becoming Jacob's mother in the past due to the Incident (she has to survive somehow of course, but hey, this is Lost...):
I do hope that I'm right and that we'll get to see an ageless Juliet. Two other important points is that the name of Jacob came up first in "I Do" and "Not in Portland" in season 3, just a few episodes after Juliet's introduction. I read that the character of Mr. Eko was supposed to have a whopping FOUR SEASON arc, had the actor not asked to be written out after just one season of screentime. So the writers map out every character story arc in advance. Maybe they mapped out the character of Jacob too in advance, and we only got to know him in the flesh just now? If they mapped out Jacob's and Juliet's story arcs at the same time, it might be possible that they would eventually connect somehow. Remember, Jacob also cured Juliet's sisters cancer, unless Ben lied. But I don't think he necesssary did lie. Jacob probably told Ben that he would cure Rachel (who would actually be Jacob's aunt, if I'm right) on one of those paper slips that Richard used to bring to Ben. I also read this article on how Damon Lindelof casted Elizabeth Mitchell, of all the actresses who auditioned for the role of Juliet, because Liz had this maternal take on the character:
Christmas came early this summer when Mitchell auditioned for Lost and impressed producers with her reading of the interrogation scene, in which Jack stands on a table and yanks on a chain while Juliet tells him to stop. "The scene is basically, 'Get off the f---ing table because it's futile!' but somehow she made it seem like a mommy talking to a small child who's banging his head against the wall," marvels Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. "There was something so disquieting about it."
Maybe they were looking for an actress who had a maternal take on the character because she would eventually end up as some sort of "Mother Island" figure? So far there has been no good reason for why Juliet should be so maternal in her ways. Some people seem to dislike how Juliet basically talks to Jack and Sawyer as if they were children sometimes (and she's the only who could truly DOMINATE those two alpha males where no one else can), but that is exactly why Liz was cast in the role and that is how she's continued to play Juliet ever since because she's stayed true to her original audition take on her character. Remember, if Juliet has ties to Jacob, it would be too revealing to show in anything but the late final season. In "Not in Portland", Juliet's first centric, we see the brainwashing video with the sentences "God loves you as he loved Jacob" and the creepy reverse subliminal audio message "only fools are enslaved by time and space". Could there be a reason for why this appears in a Juliet centric of all episodes? Remember again that the writers map out character arcs in advance, as they obviously did with Eko, even before they are integrated into future episodes, so things aren't always a coincidence in this show.
The Others did build that runway on Hydra Island already in early season 3, and we learned why in "Namaste". Someone KNEW way ahead that the runway would be needed for Ajira 316. Juliet could have concluded, from what Jack & co could have told her (maybe off screen, there is a lot more going on than what we see on screen IMO) in 1977 about how they got to the island, that Frank + O5 + Ben + Ilana & co (minus the O4 who flashed out of Ajira 316) would have needed that runway to land, and she could therefore also have been the one who would have known in advance that the runway would be needed and told this to Jacob. And Jacob knew beforehand that the 316 plane would end up on the island, hence why Ilana & co was able to know that they could get to the island at the same time as the O5 + Ben. Because Juliet learned of this in 1977 during Dharma times and filled Jacob, her future past son, in on the info at some point in time. It doesn't seem like Ilana & co, Jacob's own team, used Eloise Hawking as their source for how to get to the island. Also notice how Juliet's ex-husband Edmund and Sayid's wife Nadia was killed in ways that seems oddly similar. I so get Sarah Connor/John Connor vibes from this scenario. Please Darlton, let me be right!
Furthermore, let's not forget about the biblical ties between Rachel and Jacob. In the Bible, Rachel was infertile, just like Juliet's sister was, and her husband's name was Jacob. The writers have probably not copied this relationship downright from the Bible (plaaaaaaaaaagiarism) and have made some changes, but if Jacob is Rachel's nephew in the way I described, there still is a quasi-biblical hint that Rachel and Jacob may be related by blood. The biblical Rachel-Jacob connection is very noteworthy considering that both Rachel Carlson and biblical Rachel shared the same fertility problem for some time.
It could also lead the "her" Ben was talking about. A picture or drawing of Jacob's mother could be in the temple. So Juliet looks like "her" with them not knowing that the Juliet they know will be Jacob's mother. Harper said that they were all exicited to have her there, and I know it's to fix the pregnany problem, but why did they all trust her to be able to solve it? Harper also looked peeved that Juliet would be getting special treatment because she looked like "her". Her would have to be someone really special. So Jacob's mother fits. It also fits with why everytime Juliet tries to leave the island, she can't. She's supposed to be there.
Juliet created life where none should be (Julian) and Jacob can give people internal life (Richard). So their gifts are somewhat similar. The statue of Taweret could've been built to honor Juliet, the mother and protector of the island. It would be nice to see an ageless Juliet doing things behind the curtain to make sure everything goes on it's right path. This would also fit with EM's limited appearences. We'd only need to see a few scenes to set up or have her appear in the last half showing them all who she really is.
Just to add a little fuel to the fire of Ben DeRoy's idea that Juliet will be Jacob's mother: of the flashbacks presented in The Incident, Juliet's was the only one in which Jacob did not appear.
Why did Jacob appear to those specific losties? We don't yet know, but a reasonable assumption is that he needed them to end up on the island. But why not appear to Juliet? The reasonable assumption, expanding from the first, is that Jacob did NOT need her to end up on the island. However, If Jacob were Juliet's son, there could be two other perfectly reasonable explanations for his absence in the flashback.
One: Perhaps, since Jacob knows his mother ends up on the island, he knows he does not need to step in and manipulate her past. Of course, he should know that the other losties also end up on the island, but maybe he felt the need to give them an extra push.
Two: Perhaps Jacob CAN'T manipulate her past; any change in young Juliet's actions might cause a grandfather paradox, and prevent him from being born