Ok, so, after watching this week's episodes "Because You Left" and "The Lie," I had some resonating questions/theories.
First, if the Oceanic Six do return to the island, does that mean it stops jumping through time? Is that the only thing that can stop the jumping?
Second, why is Charlotte affected by the island's time-jumping when no one else seems to be? Does it have anything to do with her (maybe) being born on the island?
Third, who exactly is Mrs. Hawking (pictured above with Desmond)? We last saw her in the Desmond flashback episode "Flashes Before Your Eyes." She was very adamant that Desmond NOT give the ring to Penny. But that got me thinking - if the universe course corrects, would it matter if Desmond proposed? Wouldn't the universe compensate somehow? Or is it different because the usual rules don't apply to Desmond, as Faraday said? If he had proposed to Penny, would he have changed history, which (as Mrs. Hawking said) would have been the end of them all?
And going back to Mrs. Hawking, is it possible that she's Daniel Faraday's mother? And is it just me, or did Ben call her "Annie" when he first saw her? Annie was the name of Ben's friend on the island during the Dharma days who gave him that doll. Could these possibly be the same people? If so, why is she so old now? (I might be going out on a limb here).
Fourth, what in the world is Sun up to? It's been made clear that she blames Ben and Jack for Jin's death. But why doesn't she blame Widmore? After all, his people were the ones who blew up the freighter in the first place. And what is she doing, conspiring with Widmore? Is Jin really dead? I don't think he is.
And what is up with Alpert and the Others? Why don't they move through time as well? I'm guessing they have a special relationship with time, considering they don't seem to age. Does that explain Charlotte's bad reaction to the time jumping? (I'm not sure how, but I'm rolling with it for now).
Of course there are tons of other questions, but I'll leave it there for now. What do you guys think?