Faraday told Desmond that “The Rules Don’t Apply To You”. In his write-up of Because You Left, Jeff Jensen says:
That Desmond had no previous recollection of this really, really weird encounter — and you would think he would — leads me to draw this conclusion: the past CAN be changed, but probably not in anyway that creates catastrophic paradox. Bookmark this debate: Methinks Season 5 is all about this fluidity of time and mutability of history stuff.
I agree with this, at least partially. It’s not so much that anyone can change the past – it’s that only certain people can change the past. That’s what makes them “special”. Up until Desmond’s accident at the hatch, these people were just born that way. I suspect this is the real reason The Others wanted Walt in the first place.
He goes on to say:
Oh, and how much do you wanna bet that Daniel Faraday’s Oxford-hanging mom is that lovely lady from Desmond’s previous time travel jaunt, the one and only Ms. Hawking?
I agree with this completely, and said that in last night’s posting.