This post was originally written on 2/28/08. At the time the Oceanic Six had not yet been finalized.
1. Michael was not in the coffin. It was Locke.
2. We now know that Claire vanished into the jungle of mystery shortly after “surviving” the explosion of her house in New Otherton. Given ghost-whisperer Miles’ reactions to her and the fact that she showed up later with Jack’s dead father in Jacob’s cabin, I’d say she didn’t actually survive. Island effects made it seem as if she did, mostly because she did not accept that she was dead. I think we’ll see in Season 5 that Christian convinces her that she is in fact dead.
Is she dead?
Aaron’s inclusion in the Oceanic Six is a real curve ball. It tossed some of my speculations on their metaphorical ears. Aaron’s inclusion apparently san Claire raises some serious questions. I really find it hard to believe that she’d send Aaron off the Island without her there with him, unless…
She is somehow convinced that she must to set things right by Desmond or someone else who can see the future, maybe even a future in which Charlie is restored to her. The consequences of not doing so would have to be terribly grave, like the world ending, but I can see Dezz having a flash where the Oceanic Six are seen, just like Dez saw himself, Charlie, Hurlie and Jinn taking a camping trip to find Naomi. Or just like Abbadon’s group saw Naomi and the other freighties coming to the Island. Doesn’t pay to mess with the formula, brotha.
Otherwise she’s probably gonna die in some future episode.
And who is the Oceanic Sixth? A single? Or will they break up another couple to maintain some semblance of viewer viability or buy-in with needing to go back to the guys they left on the Isalnd? Think about it: if all the truly interesting guys get off the Island, why would we care if they went back? They’re running out of headliners. I think the answer is obvious: Michael. I think he’s been separated or will be separated from Walt.
I also still think he’s in that coffin.
— Sirius Knott