John over on the comments section of another post mentions a theory, that I thought I’d break out here, because it’s just too good not to:
Dan asked Miles if he was on the island before. Maybe he is Pierre Chang’s son, that we saw in the season opener. Also, Dan could be Charlottes father, since he was back in that same timeframe as well in the opener.
I think Miles being Chang’s son is very, very likely, and it certainly does mean he’s been on the island before.
Charlotte being Daniel’s daughter? Perhaps. In “Jughead” when Richard asks Daniel why he wouldn’t detonate the bomb, Daniel says “I’m in love with that woman sitting next to me, and I would never do anything to hurt her”. I’m not sure he’d say that if he were her father. I would expect something more like “I love that woman sitting next to me…” Same inference, but I think it would be more likely that he said it that way.
Now, maybe they’re not father and daughter… Maybe they’re really brother and sister! Neither of them would know that, it could explain their tie to the island, if Ms. Hawking is indeed Daniel’s mother, which has been speculated here before. I don’t think either of them knows this.
If Widmore picked these people to go to the island in the first place, wouldn’t he have picked those people because of their ties to the island, because they’d be the most likely to be able to deal with things? (Forget about the mercenaries… they’re just strong arms for Widmore, and a necessary evil to get Daniel, Charlotte and Miles there).
And while Ben probably knew who they all were because of Michael being on the boat, he might have already known all that before because of his ties to Dharma and Ms. Hawking.
So, what do you think about all this?