Lost: Who is Ben's Man on the Boat?
Lost: Who is Ben's Man on the Boat?
One of the big questions that will be answered on Thursday's episode of Lost is who Ben's man on the freighter is.  Readers have been theorizing about the identity of the freighter man for weeks, and while most of us think we have it all figured out, is it possible that Lost is planning to blow our minds with a giant surprise?  It certainly wouldn't be the first time the show has subverted our expectations and made our jaws drop.

Based on nothing but my own crackpot theories, I have three completely spoiler-free ideas of who Ben's "man" might be.  In fact, what if the person on the boat isn't a man at all?  That idea may not be as crazy as you think.


Let's admit it:  we all think Michael is the one on the boat.  Harold Perrineau's name has been in the opening credits all season, we know he's coming back, and the only sensible way to get him back to the island would be on the freighter.  We don't know what kind of deal he made with Ben (Michael Emerson) to escape the island, but it could have involved becoming a mole of some sort.

While this idea makes perfect sense, I'm against it because it feels far too obvious.  I won't be upset if Michael is the man, but I'll be confused as to why the writers teased something so obvious for so long.  Even if you watched the series years down the road on DVD, Harold Perrineau's return to the credits coupled with the knowledge of a mole would still make it obvious.  I think the Lost writers may be up to something a little trickier.


Now here is a possibility that would be extremely interesting.  While referring to Walt as a "man" may be a bit of a stretch even after a growth spurt, it would definitely be a bigger surprise if he were the mole.  Maybe both Walt and Michael are on the freighter, but Walt is the one actually communicating with Ben and feeding him information.  We know Walt can appear on the island and possibly communicate telepathically, so it seems as though it'd be a lot easier for him to chat with Ben than it would be for Michael.  Maybe he's doing something against his father's wishes.

A Woman

If there's one thing I learned from the first season of Alias, it's that someone referred to as "The Man" can most certainly be a woman.  Could another show produced by J.J. Abrams be attempting to pull the same trick?

I'll admit, if the mole is a woman I truly have no idea who it could be.  My best guess in different circumstances would be Libby, but since she's pretty dead it seems rather unlikely.  Penny is also out of the question since Desmond just chatted with her on the phone recently.  How about Jack's (Matthew Fox) ex-wife?  Juliet's (Elizabeth Mitchell) sister?  A clone of Sun (Yunjin Kim)?  Sayid's (Naveen Andrews) long lost Nadia?  I have no clue, but I'm keeping my mind open for any possibility.

Thankfully we only have to wait two more days before we'll discover the secret identity of the man (or woman) on the boat.  I'm putting my money down on Walt being the mole.  Who do you think it could be?

- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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