LOST – The Numbers in Season 6

I love numbers. In my real life job I get to crunch numbers a lot, which to me is much more enjoyable than going to meetings.

So here we are in Season 6.  The Numbers in LOST are a bit of an enigma.  Why do 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 keep showing up on and off the island?  Why those particular numbers?  Do they really bring luck or are they just a curse as old Hurley used to think.

Now in Season 6 we get our first real glimpse at the numbers again.  This time they are part of a huge list of numbers which are joined together with names from people who have been to the island.  If the person has died, that name and number are crossed off the “list” so to speak.

Here is a list of Name-Numbers from this awesome website. Thanks buzmeg for finding it.

The Numbers as displayed in cave:

Goodspeed

Sullivan

Garner

Lewis

4 Locke

8 Reyes

10 Mattingley

15 Ford

16 Jarrah

20 Rousseau

23 Shephard

25 Reynolds

29 Brennan

30

42 Kwon

55 Burke

64 Goldstein

90 Troupe

115 Bargas

119 Almieda

135

161 Faraday

171 Straume

175 Costa

195 Pace

195

222 O’Toole

226 Carlyle

232 Aguila

233 Jones

272 Kalingo

285 Je(…)

291 Domengo

301 Mars

313 Littleton

317 Cunningham

321 Fernandez

335 Hen(…)

396 Grant

The list of names include many of the characters we have seen in Seasons 1-6.  But why are some of the names crossed out of people who aren’t dead and why are some names missing?  One obvious explanation for the missing names is that the cave goes much deeper than we can see, so the names are there but we have not found them.  But what about the dead who should not be dead.

Dead who aren’t dead (maybe)

Littleton – Claire perhaps or Aaron.  Claire could have died when her house was exploded in Season 4.  Aaron was last seen alive in Season 5 but that was “weeks” ago.  Could he be dead now?  Did we just see Aaron on the island when he confronted the MIB not to kill Sawyer?

Straume – Miles.  Miles is still alive and kicking.  In fact he was last headed for the food court at the Temple.  His parents names are Chang, so they don’t count.  Could his name be crossed out for another reason?

Sayid – He is dead, but alive again.  Although he may not be the same Sayid we once knew for much longer.

Missing names:

Austin – Kate.  Kate was one of the people Jacob touched and is considered a candidate (at least in my book).  Where is her name?  My theory is that the cave names are not Jacob’s list of names at all, in fact the cave names were written by MIB.  Kate’s name is left out because MIB wants to recruit Sawyer as his replacement (or substitute) so he can go home. If Kate’s name were there Sawyer wouldn’t buy into the lie that he should leave the island.  Sawyer would want to stay for Kate.

Artz, Frogurt, etc.  – If the names in the cave have been crossed out by MIB, then he might not know about certain people who died when Smokey was not around to witness the deaths.  Remember that Nikki who was on the cave list as the “crossed out” Fernandez.  She died when a spider was summoned by Mib/Smokey to sting her.  But Artz died when handling explosives and Frogurt died by flaming arrow.  Neither time was Smokey near by.

Eko is missing but we are not sure Tunde is his real last name or just an alias.

The Numbers:

The Valenzetti Equation

A more difficult question is why certain names are connected to certain familiar numbers.  Jack is associated with 23 which may signify Psalm 23 and the Lord is my Shepherd.  Other than that one I can’t really find a good association for the rest of the numbers.  Eko’s stick had other bible verses (than Psalm 23) so maybe you can find the association.

The one thing we do know is the Numbers are the constants in front of the variables associated with the Valenzetti equation.  If by nature or scientific experiment, those constants are changed, the world can be saved from destruction.  Is that why see alternate realities of our LOST characters.  By changing something they have done in the past to a new reality the LOSTIES can save the world, thereby saving themselves?

6 Responses

  1. TLE: Just wondering if you or one of your astute readers would know a source for Hurley’s manifest. It would be a good exercise to cross reference the plane’s manifest to the cave names.

    Meanwhile, I’m searching for any and all names I can find.

    Also do you have an ETA for “The Substitute” podcast?

    • The podcast is not going to be ready until tomorrow. I would not expect it until late Sunday night. There is a small chance it might be done by early afternoon, but not likely.

      I noticed a few names on the cave list that were from last season. Cunningham was the guy with Jones (who’s real name is Charles Widmore) back in the 1950’s. Widmore killed Cunningham, but who killed Jones? And why did Widmore end up with Jones’ uniform?

  2. TLE, have you turned Jeremy yet? I know he hated the numbers like the plague.

    • No such luck on getting Jeremy to like the Numbers. He has a cold this weekend so he was not subjected to the Numbers this time.

  3. TLE wrote:
    “The one thing we do know is the Numbers are the constants in front of the variables associated with the Valenzetti equation. If by nature or scientific experiment, those constants are changed, the world can be saved from destruction. Is that why see alternate realities of our LOST characters. By changing something they have done in the past to a new reality the LOSTIES can save the world, thereby saving themselves?”

    Oooooh, I like that. 😀
    I’m behind on my email and I just saw this post. It’s a little bit late and we have learned more in last weed’s episode, but this still works – and better than any other explanation I’ve read yet.

    • oops, that was me, Lucy. Forgot to sign in. I’m still dizzy from looking at that valenzeti equation you posted. Can you interpret the actual equation?

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