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Unanswered 'Lost' Question - Why and How was Walt Special?

By June 28, 2010

What was the deal with Walt? What was special about him? And if he was so special, why were Walt and Michael almost completely absent from the finale?

Walt and Michael
ABC/Mario Perez

I've always thought that Walt got his specialness from his mother, or possibly a combination of his mother and father. Susan died from some weird blood thing (Ep: 1x14, Special) and that disease may have been what made Walt special. It seems if he was upset, he could make birds die. It might also be that he could make other animals appear, like when the polar bear tried to get him after he read Hurley's comic with the polar bear on it. Although, we know the polar bears were already on the island because of Dharma and that had nothing to do with Walt.

Why do you think Walt was special?


June 28, 2010 at 1:51 pm
(1) Daxingo says:

I think this is the only truly unanswered question of real import in Lost. The answers for all the other questions, important & otherwise, can be reached by online discussions, personal meditation, or even common sense. But the Walt issue is something only the show could (& should) have answered.

June 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm
(2) Lost Man says:

Okay.. Just for fun… (Yes, this has some holes in it)..

Walt was special because his mother was Jacob’s wife on the island. Yes, sounds crazy but hear me out. Many years ago, long before the crash of 815, Walt’s grand father – his mother’s Dad – was a physicist that was studying electromagnetism and its possibilities vis-à-vis time travel. His ideas were bold for the time (early 1970’s) and he was widely renowned as a crackpot. However, one of his good friends was Dr. Marvin Candle and he encouraged Walt’s grandfather to continue is work by joining the Dharma Initiative. So, sometime during that same period, Walt’s grandfather traveled to the island with his wife and his young daughter. When the family arrived to the island – the daughter (Walt’s mother) was about 5 years old. For the next few years she lived on the island with her Dad, Mom, and the other Dharma folks. On the day of the purge, however, she had gone for a walk on the island and had ended up off in the deep jungle in an area that she was not familiar with. It was there that she first met Richard. Because Richard knew about the purge, and about what was to happen that day, and because he couldn’t – in good faith – let this little girl be killed by the purge, he kidnapped her. She was then raised by the Others for the next twenty years. At the age of 25, however, she wandered off into the jungle again. Discontent with the lifestyle of the Others, she desperately wanted to leave the island but found that there was no escape. While in the jungle she was so distraught that she attempted to hang herself; it was at that moment when she first met Jacob. Jacob took pity on her and he allowed her to live with him in the base of the Statue. During her time with Jacob she became deeply knowledgeable of the island and learned about the “wheel” that allowed people to be transported off the island. But Jacob fell in love with her and she fell in love with Jacob. But after some time she learned about Jacob and who he really was. Although pregnant with Jacob’s child, she felt betrayed by him so she escaped one day and found her way to the wheel. She then used the wheel to escape the island. When she returned to the real world, she made her way to NY and fell in love with another man – Michael. Michael did not know that she was pregnant. But their romance was a whirlwind and within a month’s time they married. Soon after, the baby was born. But soon after Walt entered the world, strange things began to happen. Meanwhile, back on the island Jacob was FURIOUS and ordered the OTHERS to find her – no matter what – and bring her back to the island. He vowed also to use his special powers to make her return to the island – to more or less orchestrate her return to he island. But things happened very fast. She and Michael broke up, divorced, and she moved to Australia. When the Others and Jacob had finally located her, it was too late. She died two days later from a blood disease. But then Jacob/Others learned of Walt and, more importantly, that Walt was Jacobs child. Thus, to get Walt back, Jacob made sure that Michael and Walt would be on flight 815. Once Walt arrived on the island, it was the Others number one mission to get Walt. When they finally got him back, Ben betrayed Jacob and gave Walt back to Michael (at which time Michael left the island with Walt). Okay, sounds crazy .. but what if??

June 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm
(3) Clueless says:

Lost Man: Where are you getting this information. Did you make it all up? Sounds reasonable.

June 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm
(4) LostinMelancholy says:

Besides the mentioned abilities of Walt–calling up birds, polar bears–Walt seemed to have a special connection with John Locke.

Walt knew of Locke’s intention to open up the Hatch when they touched hands and warned Locke not to do it; he also connected with Locke when Locke taught Walt how to throw knives; and finally, it was Walt who prevented Locke from attempting to kill himself in the Dharma ‘deathpit’ after Ben critically shot Locke–telling him to getup, and that Locke had more things to do.

Detached from the Locke connection–Walt also knew that his father Michael and him must leave the island on the raft they built–as if to say events on the island will be changing (for the worst). Throw in the appearance of Walt (dripping wet) to Shannon and Sayid prior to Shannon’s fateful encounter with the ‘Tailies’. It would seem Walt had the ability to predict future outcomes on the island.

June 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm
(5) Cyn says:

OK, I have no idea why Walt was “special” and I wish we had gotten more on that.
But what I remember Walt for was that adorable, loose-jointed run he broke into when Michael came out of the jungle with Vincent (after Locke told Michael where to find the dog). That was so cute and so completely “little-boy” and joyful; like a colt or a little goat that runs just for pure happiness. Just sweet…..

June 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm
(6) misswren says:

Lost Man, I like your story but there’s one important thing you missed out in it…..Walt, his mom and Michael are black…..Jacob is white.

June 29, 2010 at 7:20 am
(7) Lost Man says:

I made it all up. Yes, I know.. it’s silly. But as for Walt’s race and Jacob’s race, remember that Jacob’s mother was black and that alone can determine the color of the offsrping; both parents need not be the same race. Sinceerely, Lost Man

June 29, 2010 at 9:47 am
(8) MTO says:

we all accepted hurley’s and mile’s gifts of speaking to the dead without question, so why are we questioning why walt was special? he just was

June 29, 2010 at 11:05 am
(9) Lost Man says:

whoops — check that.. WALT’s mom was black; not Jacob’s mom.. (this is what happens when you type too fast).

MTO – I think some people view it differently then Hurley/Miles’ special ability to talk to the dead; in their case, their “special” thing was talking to the dead. In the case of Walt, we were told that he was “special” but no one ever expounded on just what it was that he was special at or special for. Do you see the difference? Sincerely, Lost Man…

June 29, 2010 at 12:12 pm
(10) Daxingo says:

MTO – Why Walt is special doesn’t really matter. What’s frustrating is that we don’t know or understand his ability. Wouldn’t it be just as frustrating if we didn’t know or understand what Superman’s powers are? (Wow, I just compared Walt to Superman lol)

June 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm
(11) meanjean says:

Was Walt really special or was it just the island. I think he had already left when he appeared to Locke in the mass Dharma grave. Was the appearance his doing or the islands’s, maybe even Pre-MIB mumbo jumbo. Maybe the MIB could take on the appearance of people who were not dead. He did not need Locke to die there in the pit. Maybe Walt was just a kid and of course all kids are special.

June 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm
(12) Daxingo says:

If memory serves me well (& it usually doesn’t lol) Walt showed signs of being special b4 coming to the island. Remember the birds crashing in2 the window in Australia?

July 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm
(13) Cooperdale says:

We know Walt could “make things happen” (are we sure he didn’t materialize the polar bear? I don’t remember which episode the bears made a first appearance, but what’s a polar bear lifespan? Dharma had been gone for a while after all). I don’t think the exact nature of his powers is very important, the Lost universe is full of strange beings after all.

Anyway, I have this theory: Walt was Jacob’s first try at finding a “failsafe”, someone able to do what Desmond did in the finale, that is “uncork” the island. I think that’s the reason the Others were experimenting on him. Jacob wanted to find out if Walt was right for the job. The experiments probably didn’t pay out, his abilities weren’t the right ones so Jacob chose Desmond for that role and he let Walt and his father go.

July 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm
(14) Lostaway Bonnie says:

Love that theory. Yep, I’m going with that. I think it’s an excellent explanation.

July 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm
(15) Cooperdale says:

Glad you like it, Bonnie. And the experiments done on Desmond by Widmore’s people corroborate this theory, I think. He was being experimented upon, as was Walt.

July 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm
(16) Lostaway Bonnie says:

Yeah, seems perfectly logical to me.

July 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(17) Daxingo says:

Like your theory Cooperdale. It makes sense.

July 12, 2010 at 3:47 am
(18) alex says:

yeh, wateva. hirs my question: why do pregnant women die on the damned island but Etahn Goodwin and Alexandra Rousseau dint?

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