There’s no such thing as a throwaway line on Lost, every bit of dialogue is important. In “Whatever Happened, Happened,” a random Hostile mentioned to Richard Alpert that Ellie and Charles wouldn’t like what he was doing with Young Ben.
This perked up the ears of any true Lost fan. Ellie and Charles were two of the Hostiles seen in “Jughead” when the time jumpers traveled back to 1954. While it was never explicitly mentioned, the generally accepted theory among Lost fans is that Ellie is the same person as Eloise Hawking, Faraday’s mother who helped the Oceanic 6 get back to the Island. And Charles is, of course, Charles Widmore.
The fact that both Charles and Ellie were presumably still on the Island in 1977 is quite a shock, as they both have kids who were older than 27 when Oceanic 815 crashed on the Island in 2004. While no firm dates have ever been set for the birthdays of Daniel Faraday or Penny Widmore, Daniel was a professor in 1996 and Penny first started dating Desmond in 1994.
Assuming Faraday wasn’t a 19-year-old professor and Penny didn’t start dating Desmond when she was younger than 17, this means, if their respective parents are really Ellie and Charles, that both Daniel and Penny were born on the Island.
Even more intriguing is the fact that we’ve been given no information about Daniel’s father or Penny’s mother. Perhaps we already know who those people are. Maybe their other parent is each other’s parent.
Given the fact that Charles and Ellie were on the Island in 1977 and the working assumption that Daniel and Penny were born on the Island, it’s not unreasonable to speculate that the two might be twins or siblings and that Eloise Hawking and Charles Widmore were a couple. It would easily explain why Charles just happened to have her address when Desmond asked for it.
The deeper Lost goes into the mythology of the Island, the more things make sense. If Daniel and Penny really are twins, or at least siblings, it would help to explain why Desmond plays a major role in both of their lives. They’re both drawn to him because they are similar. The bigger question to come out of that is how Desmond fits into the Island and its mythology.
Surely it’s no coincidence that he is the only one immune to the “whatever happened, happened” rule of time travel. Desmond is special, but I’m still in the dark about what that means. But if Daniel and Penny are really twins and are both connected to Desmond, he must be connected to the Island somehow as well.
But that’s something I’ll leave for you, because thinking about Lost too hard makes my nose bleed, and I don’t want to wind up like Charlotte.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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