Originally Posted by Fuyuko
I wonder if the push to get the island's 'big four' on a a quest to find Walt might be a diversionary tactic by the others so they can perform a raid. With the big 4 gone, with the guns, perhaps the other 'good' losties will be vulnerable to abduction.
Did this occur to anyone else?
Yup, already thought of that.
1) Michael gets a message through a computer from Walt. Walt is a fast and accurate typer and seems to know when only Michael is at the computer (read: the Others are the ones sending the message).
2) Walt can give Michael accurate directions via land travel regarding where to find him, although Walt was transported via water. (Others telling Mike where to go).
3) Mike gets captured by the Others, after falling for the "Walt is sending message" trap.
4) The Others setup a fake village for Mike to report this back to the other Losties so they will underestimate the Others. Mike is given a deal and enough information that makes him formalate a plan to have the other Losties return with their guns.
Then, while Michael and the 4 Losties return to the "decrepit" village, they are either easier to capture (because they underestimated the Other's strength) or the Others can send a raiding party to the hatch/beach, whichever their motive is.