[Spoiler discussion]

Wednesday's episode of Lost (9 pm/ET, ABC) is titled "Dead Is Dead." It purports to tell the story of Ben's atonement for his many sins, but it brings to mind that pesky rumor we keep hearing:



Two main characters will die before the end of the season. And not Frogurt-caliber characters - people you actually care about. Putting aside for a second the fact that dying on Lost doesn't exactly mean a trip to the unemployment office, let's examine a few likely suspects, and then tell us who you think is going to take that long island dirt nap.


BEN


FOR HIM Last we saw him, little Ben was on death's door after getting plugged by Sayid. Sure, Richard Alpert said he could save him, but can he really? Plus, see above - the episode is called "Dead Is Dead" for a reason.

AGAINST HIM In revealing the backstory of Ben's fractured childhood - and his fate at the hands of the Hostiles - the character has become infinitely more sympathetic. In addition, Lost appears to be headed toward a showdown between Ben and Widmore, and it's still too early for that confrontation to take place.

NARRATIVE PUNCH Lost without Ben would certainly be duller. Good guy or bad, he has double-crossed nearly everyone in the cast.


CLAIRE


FOR HER There is a well-developed conspiracy theory that claims that Claire actually died in that explosion in her house in New Otherton. Supporters point to her last communication with Miles, her abandonment of Aaron and her cozying up to Christian, her dead dad, inside Jacob's cabin.

AGAINST HER There is no indication that Emilie de Ravin has been on set at all this season. Plus: Emilie de Ravin told us already that Claire will return as a regular cast member for the final season.

NARRATIVE PUNCH There are still a few unanswered questions in Claire's backstory, but most revolve around the significance of Aaron. In short, we might like her more as a ghost.


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Apr 26, 2016 10:16PM EDT

sorry, could you not put things like this up without **spoilers** or even putting the spoiler in your title? Would be much appreciated.

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Apr 26, 2016 10:12PM EDT

sorry but I think "Who's Gonna Die?" is a pretty big indication that there is a spoiler in here !! Just sayin !

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Apr 8, 2009 12:55PM EDT

According to previews (like on Watch With Kristin) Ben came back to the Island to be judged by Smokey-Monster for breaking the rules.
This could be an indication for him beeing the one to die.
For the creators it could make sense to let a character, that's built on not-beeing-liked by the audience die for general satisfaction... But I wouldn't like Ben to disappear from the series. Allthough he's a creepy guy I'd miss the mystery around him. For me, Ben is as elemental to the series as the island or any other maincharacter is.
I'd rather see Hugo die.. eventhough that's not going to happen because the series needs a "Watson-Figure" (from Sherlock Holmes) who askes questions for the audience that then can be answered by another character without looking stupid to even mention it. But except for that, he's just useless and annoying.

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Apr 8, 2009 2:46PM EDT

I believe Sayid will be the one to die because he has now accomplished his mission on the island : his attempt to kill Ben, which will result in Ben becoming the man he is now.

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Apr 14, 2016 2:11PM EDT

Boomshakalaka - That's my friggin point! You hear a spoiler before it's open. And since I'm hear and may as well have a guess; Juliet is killed by Jacob and Jacob himself is destroyed at the end of this season. Wait and see.

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Apr 9, 2009 12:30AM EDT

the Ben dying comment got me thinking...sure theres an expected confrontation with him and Widbut maybe the writers decided this:
Since the audience hates him so much,lost is built on many twists,and ben just earned some sympathy because of his childhood...
Kill him off at an unexpected time??

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