Well, remember what Michael Emerson recently said about Ben's statement that if any of them are to return to the Island, everyone who escaped has to go back too? He said, "I think [that dictate is] a scientific condition of the mechanism by which the Island operates. I don't think it's an esoteric or spiritual issue, I think it's science."
He wasn't just talking pretty. What I'm hearing is that the reason Jack, Kate, Sayid, Sun and Hurley need to reunite is because the Oceanic Six need to fan out to a group of Dharma stations.
Even more intriguing? According to my source, these stations are not on the Island, but in other locations, and these off-Island stations are believed to be the ticket to getting back to the Island.
It's an old trick.
Derek and Meredith have to inject virus into patient's brain at the same velocity at the same time. Hell, remember when Sawyer, Shannon, and Sayid had to set off the bottle rockets at the same time to coordinate signal triangulation in season one?
There's just a couple of problems.
The most obvious is that unless one of these stations happens to be in California, Kate's kind of screwed. Because we think she'd probably be okay skipping out on her parole if it was to go back to the island forever, but it seems a little risky for her to be jaunting off with Jack on international A-Missions.
(Yeah, see what I did there?)
We've seen filming reports from Dark, and it seems like the first few episodes are all about rounding up the Oceanic Six. I'm really intrigued by this prospect, and it means that Jack and Ben are in the process of...
(A) Finding Hurley and Sayid;
(B) Convincing Sun she wants to go back--we heard something about Jin's wedding ring perhaps being involved;
(C) Convincing Kate that Claire was just kidding when she said "Don't you dare bring him back"; and
(D) Figuring out how to most easily transport Locke. (A DarkUFO commenter noted that in addition to "Reincarnation," the name on Ben's van "Canton Rainier" also anagrams to "An Incinerator.")
Now, could you do that stoned on your pills? 'Cause I couldn't, that's for sure.
So we're left with more questions.
How many stations are there and where are they? Some folks at DarkUFO are saying they might correspond to places with high levels of electromagnetism--like Isaac of Uluru's compound. Bonnie and Greta were "on assignment" in Canada; could that have been DHARMA-related? I personally like the idea of Jack and Kate having to head to Australia--though there's nothing to suggest that they would go together (logically, they wouldn't), I would really appreciate if they got to the island again by way of Australia and then could be totally justified in naming their daughter Sydney. (Jacks should have Sydneys, no?)
Tell me straight--who has to go back? So...the Oceanic Six. Locke. That much we understand. What about Ben? Will he be allowed to go back now? What about Desmond? (Seems that way, since we're seeing him hanging around with Jack & Co.) What about Walt? What about Frank?
As usual, these spoilers have just created more questions. But at least it gives us something to do!