Excerpt from "Lost Redux: You Want Answers? How About a Big, Fat Smoky One?!"
Sayid and Ben Were Saved the Same Way: Last season, Richard Alpert agreed to take young Benjamin Linus to the Temple to bring him back to life, but warned that he would never be the same, would lose his innocence and "will always be one of us." That said, sorry, but don't get too excited about any kind of happily ever after for Sayid.
Next Week Will Blow You Away: After you see the final 10 minutes of next week's episode, it will become increasingly clear what the entire final season of Lost is leading up to. (I smell a battle coming on!)
Get Ready for Two Surprising Reappearances: (1) A certain someone you thought was dead will be back, and how he or she returns and what it means for the future of the other Losties on the Island will have your brain spinning. (2) Someone else appears in Los Angeles that I did not know was returning at all, and it's pretty stunning.
There Will Be Some Shipper Moments Next Week: Kate will have a tender moment with Jack and a revealing moment with Sawyer, and there will definitely be some clear indication as to where the romantic storylines (or lack thereof) are heading.
Richard Alpert Was a Slave?! SMIB mentioned that Richard was in chains. There has long been talk that the crew of the Black Rock (allegedly a mining vessel) were slaves, and when we've visited the ship in the past, skeletons were found shackled together. So was Alpert on the Black Rock? The good news is we will find out. Nestor Carbonell tells me: "You're going to get all your answers: Why doesn't he age? Where's he from? What his powers might be? Who he is? And there is one specific episode that deals with all of that. I was blown away by what they wrote." Can. Not. Wait.
Claire and Sayid Will Have Something in Common: Something big.