Lost: A Tale of Two Bens
Lost: A Tale of Two Bens
On last week's episode of Lost we learned a lot of interesting things about our friend Ben.  The first came courtesy of a group of passports that Sayid found in Ben's secret room, which led us to believe that he may be leaving the island on a regular basis without anyone's knowledge.  The other interesting reveal was in the flash forward, where we learned that Ben was not only off the island, but using Sayid (Naveen Andrews) as his hired gun to commit a string of assassinations.  The Lost writers would like us to believe that Ben gets around a lot more than previously suspected.

However, what if that's not the case?  I have a theory, and it's one that involves the possibility of two Bens.  Trust me, it's not as crazy as you might think.

One of the great things about Lost is that, though it's not necessary to explore all of the peripheral content that the creators make for the show, it can provide clues and hints to future events.  At the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con, showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse debuted an unseen DHARMA Initiative orientation video for The Orchid station.  The video showed a rabbit unexpectedly producing what appeared to be a clone of itself.  When the clone suddenly appears, the scientist screams "Don't let them near each other," as though the two animals are not supposed to be in the same place.  Check out the video here:

The piece of information this video seems to provide is the fact that creating a duplicate on the island isn't out of the realm of possibility.  If it's not an actual clone, it could be the same rabbit from a different dimension or time that was able to cross into The Orchid Station.  As we all know from watching Back to the Future, the same two beings from two different times cannot touch without the entire fabric of the universe coming undone, hence the scientist's warning.

If clones or beings from other times are able to appear on the island, this could easily explain the continued appearance of Christian Shephard, as well as many other Lost mysteries.  Is it possible that a doppelganger of Ben (Michael Emerson) appeared in the Orchid Station at some point?  Someone he could send out to the "real world" to do his bidding?  I wouldn't be all that surprised.

The other piece of evidence that feeds into my theory is the book Bad Twin, which was released as a tie-in novel to the show in 2006.  The manuscript was also read by Sawyer (Josh Holloway) in season 2 of the series.  While the novel itself has nothing to do with Ben, the fact that the show intentionally introduced the concept of an evil twin is rather telling.  As every Lost fan knows, just about everything in the series happens for a reason.

My theory is that Ben has never left the island, but perhaps his clone, or doppelganger, has.  In fact, he would have to leave to ensure the safety of the universe by making sure that the two Bens would never come in close contact.  It could be the twin who is blackmailing Sayid and having certain people assassinated.  After all, how would the real Ben even get off the island without the Others noticing his absence?  It seems almost impossible.  However, it wouldn't be impossible for the bad twin.

Does this theory hold any weight, or has watching too much Lost finally driven me mad?  You be the judge.

- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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