This is a quick post, but something to think about.
Walt has been missing since last season, only to show up several times in the jungle. When Michael and the rest of the survivors finally catch up to him, and he’s alive, (and the same actor) he’s going to be changed in a pretty dramatic way, and in a way that I’m sure will be true.
I know what you’re thinking… he’s been zombie-fied, or turned into one of “The Others” or something like that. Either of those could be true, but it could be something else entirely. What I’m talking about it something I’m positive about, and you’re going to smack yourself in the forehead for not thinking of it yourself.
If you’ve been watching LOST since the beginning of the series, you’ll know that time in the series doesn’t equate to “real-time”. In other words, only about 48 to 50 days have past in the series. The raft launch from last season only happened two weeks ago on the series. That’s when Walt was taken by the people on the boat.
I got to thinking about this, and there’s one thing the people writing the show have no control over, and they’re either going to have to write it in to the storyline, or they’re going to have to completely bypass it by doing away with Walt’s character.
Thought of it yet?
Walt’s a young kid on the series. Anyone with kids will be able to tell you that children around Walt’s age grow (and change) pretty dramatically even in as short of a time as a year. They grow quickly, their faces change, their voices change.
So, if the island time is passing so slowly, how can the people writing the show resolve the dramatic changes that will be occuring in the actor playing Walt? He’s going to change just like any other kid, and he’s going to look quite a bit different if we see him again (and I mean outside of his spooky-dripping-wet-backwards-talking self).
The writers have a couple of ways to resolve this. 1) They could just make the character “disappear” and never return; 2) They could change actors, replacing the current actor playing Walt with someone that’s supposed to be Walt’s age; or 3) They’ll write in some sort of explanation for his dramatic aging.
Numbers 1 and 2 aren’t very satisifying, and would be pretty disappointing. Number 3 is likely to be what happens, and might even tie in with the recent posting on the Hanso Foundation website about the life-expectancy experiments they’ve been doing.