He is very much alive, before the show aired they posted the LOST missing bits of Christian as the plane crashed on ABC's website behind the trailer for the episode.. significant?? Also Jack, Claire and John have all seen him, no-ones apparition is viewable by many, at least to nothing we've seen so far.
So consider this, Christian Shepard is alive on the island.
We know Ben has seemingly time travelled, so what's to say Shepard doesn't do the same, the one we see in Jacks flashbacks is in fact the cabin Shepard travelling back to aid Jack to go to Australia. He staged his death to lead Jack to Oz, hence no body in the coffin, (and why the first 'ghost' we ever see is Shepard, curious to see if his son made it to the island??)
ALSO we now know Abbadon did the very same to Locke, urging him to go to Australia.
It appears key characters are being persuaded to end up on that flight, or Australia.
Thinking back, Sawyer was set up to go to Australia too.
PS - If Jacob wasn't in the cabin where was he?? Or was he just 'invisible again'? Perhaps even Jacob can alter his appearance and is in fact every single 'ghost' people see, comlete with whispers. Maybe why John couldn't see him the first time was because Jacob was directing his visibility to Ben.. who knows!
A little confusing but basically Shepard 'dies' after what we saw in Cabin fever, later on when we travels back.
Also there might be a paradox, if he truely was dead in the coffin, when it entered the island where Shepard is alive the paradox would have been active and his body gone.
Last edited by richtallent; 05-09-2008 at 09:05 PM.
Reason: Automerged Doublepost
We assume Ben can teleport. I don't think the time of his trip was proven to be out of sinc with our timeline, so time travel has not yet bet proven nor disproven.
I meant to save time jumped, not back in time was thinkin of Des. I think time travel it's pretty much proven with the re-appearing rabbits in the Orchid video, the fact Desmond has gone back and influenced reality, and that Ben is unsure of the year, indicating he is aware of time defects.
Hey every theorist is bonkers - look at Einstein and Darwin they laughed at them!
Last edited by richtallent; 05-09-2008 at 09:07 PM.
Christian was definitely dead well before the plane crash. Jack examined the body, and he's a doctor. Christian's death shouldn't be up for debate.
And TPTB have repeatedly said that the dead stay dead. But maybe we shouldn't think of this in such black and white terms - dead versus alive. Maybe due to The Island magic, there's something in between for souls that end up on The Island.
Clearly Christian is not just a projection of Jacob/The Island/Smokey. He appears to people that don't know him and with whom he'd have no reason to impersonate Jack's father (the dog, Hurley, Locke, etc.). He's shown a great interest in both his children, and his grandchild. He introduced himself to Locke as Christian, and clearly stated he was not Jacob, but could speak on his behalf.
I don't think it's any coincidence that Christian's body was not in his coffin and has not been found on The Island. Nor can it be a coincidence that his name is derived from that of Christ, the figure of RESURRECTION.
Jacob/The Island/Smokey is disembodied for some reason. He needs vessels to communicate and act on his behalf. He speaks to children and adults who are special (Ben, Walt, Locke), giving them amazing powers in furtherance of his will. He also uses the bodies and/or souls of those who died on The Island, or end up on The Island (Christian, Charlie, Libby, Horace Godspeed, etc.).
In summary, Christian is dead, but he's "there" in corporeal form on The Island, just as Charlie is dead, but was "there" in Los Angeles to visit Hurley.
Can someone please remind me of any proof that Christian is dead. Did we ever see his corpse? His coffin was empty and he has appeared on the island on several occasions now. Also it seems obvious to me he has been on the island before.
Another theory - Locke couldn't walk before he crashed on the island. Could have the island have brought back Christian from the dead?