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With LOST’s final season coming to a close faster than we can think, many fans have been impatiently awaiting episode 14, “The Candidate”, simply because the entire season has been based on the candidacy of people to take the position of the dead Jacob. Since the season’s conception and episode 1, Ilana stated that Jacob told her there were six candidates remaining.
With the numbers, there were five that were commonly held as certain, as they were later depicted the MiB’s wall which he showed Sawyer: (4 Locke, 8 Reyes, 15 Ford, 16 Jarrah, 23 Shephard, and 42 Sun) Which, let’s look at the numbers for a minute. The increments of the numbers appear random, but perhaps they are not:
Adding four to 4 ends in 8; Adding seven to 8 reaches 15; adding one reaches 16; adding seven again reaches 23; and lastly, adding 19 reaches 42. Here you are reading this article and you’re thinking, “wow, what a waste of time, a second grade math student could figure that out”… here me out.
If you add the increments between each of the first four numbers, you ultimately reach the increment between the last two. 4+7+1+7=19. What does this mean? Maybe nothing, maybe this:
The creators of LOST think literally everything out as this series has gone through. From the beginning, they’ve known what was going to happen, and state that there are rarely any coincidences. So is there a method to these numbers’ madness?
I searched the number 19, as well as doubling the amount to 38, and both of the candidates on Lostpedia’s candidate list as found in The Lighthouse and the MiB’s mysterious wall that he showed to Sawyer, the recovering alcoholic, but found no one of significance: “Nguyen” and “Lindstrom”, neither of which have been referenced in any episode. When adding 19+1, you end with the number 20, which displays, “ROUSSEAU”, shown in both the lighthouse and the cave. Regardless if this means Alex or Danielle, they are both dead, and thus an unlikely conclusion. Taking 4+7, no one is shown in the 11 spot in either place, or if we took 11 and added it to 42, another insignificant number in 53, with the name Driscall displayed.
A load of other combinations of the numbers can be taken to equal already-assumed candidates such as 8 and 15, (Hugo and Sawyer, respectively). adding seven to 42 again arrives at 49, yet another insignificant number in Meyers.
The only conclusion that this writer can come to through all this, is that Frank Lapidus is the sixth and final candidate, and also possibly the candidate that episode 14 is centered around. Why? Let me explain.
Frank overheard Ilana discussing with Bram at the beginning of the season about the possibility of him being a “candidate”. When he asked what he was a candidate for, they did not answer him, evading suspicion by claiming to be friends.
Another angle, as tweeted by @leaocarvalho, and subsequently retweeted by LOST co-producer himself, Carlton Cuse and tagged with the word “interesting”, the word candidate is derived from the Latin term, “candida”, which means white or pure. This likely means that the candidate is supposed to be free of, or working on, being free of a certain “sin” or “trouble” they are going through, the shrugging off of old grudges or antipathies, or things of the like, but it also could simply refer to, for this episode anyway, clothing. Lapidus has worn the same, white, pilot shirt since his second arrival on the island. A silly reason, but I have more:
As the season has progressed, and, truly, the series since his arrival, Lapidus has been a quiet, go-with-the-flow kind of guy, but he also always had an inclination to do what is right, despite those over him who would will him to do otherwise, such as Keamy on the Kahana freighter. He was supposed to have flown the original Oceanic Flight 815, but overslept. After coming on the freighter with Michael, Faraday, Miles, etc. and Widmore’s crew of assassins, he left, but was drawn back to the island again when he received a pilot job with Ajira, captaining Flight 316 which found its way to the island on its way to Guam.
Lepidus is a minor character in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and, although he originally attempted to take charge of the camp, a man named Caesar soon took charge of the flight’s survivors. After Sun knocked Ben Linus out, Lapidus stuck with her in her search for Jin and the others of their group, who ended up in the 1970s. Each time a group has split, Frank has stuck with the candidates. When Richard split off to destroy the plane, taking Ben and Miles, he opted to stay with Jack, Hurley, and Sun, those who we at least assume to be candidates.
My final reason for his candidacy is that he is one of two of those arriving on the freighter that is still alive. This writer believes that the Kahana did not come to the island in vain. Therefore if Lapidus isn’t the candidate, Miles Straume would be my next guess.