Hober Mallow wrote:
Another hint of what's coming from the commentary -- According to Cuse and Lindelof, Desmond's purpose has yet to be revealed. Why he's special and "the rules don't apply to him" isn't specifically stated, but Cuse mentioned the turning of the key and being at ground zero for the hatch implosion, implying this is the reason.
Thinking about it more, and within the context of what has happened since, I wonder if "turning the key" did in fact "reset" something, like what the nuke going off was/is supposed to do?
Maybe what Desmond did then with the fail safe altered the timeline somehow. Maybe that's how Locke, Desmond and Eko survived the hatches destruction? And when the nuke went off at the end of season five, the timeline got altered again. So what we are dealing with now is an altered timeline, of an altered timeline.
Or something like that. I mean they still have never said how Eko, Locke and Desmond survived the blast/impolsion of the hatch. They should have all been killed by it, not somehow "teleported" out of the hatch at the last second, with Locke having no voice, Eko injured and Desmond naked.