What a beautiful episode. The writers often go back to long abandoned storylines and shake them up a bit. That's always lovely.
But has it ever been better than this? I don't think so.
Locke returns and asks for Sawyer's help to kill Ben who Locke captured.
Of course, even at this point, the audience is aware of that it's not Ben, but Locke's father. What the audience might not be aware of is how he's connected to Sawyer.
'might'. Of course the hardcore lost fans already know for almost sure that Locke's father is the man who conned Sawyer's mother which initally led to both her and his father's death.
Even knowing this - this was something incredible. Seeing how it plays out: the build up... oh my god.
Has a Lost episode ever been darker? Someone brought somewhere to kill someone in cold blood.
Brilliant writing, and even better directing. The location where the execution takes place is amazing: the Black Rock.... some incredible camera angles.
The best part was, undoubtedly, the 5-10 minute long scene between "Sawyer" and "Sawyer"... how James slowly realizes who he is talking to. And then, the letter from 1x8 returns. Is this it? James can finally deliver his letter?
But Anthony crushes it... and that, was a fatal mistake. Cooper's dead. Once and for all. James is now a changed man. His "life goal" was accomplished. And so is Locke's. With Anthony dead, there's nothing that can stand between him and answers.
Locke starts carrying his dead father as the camera follows his face which clearly reads hope. As he starts walking faster, the camera slides away, shows the sun as it smash cuts to....
One of the greatest episodes ever. Amazingly powerful ending. No cliffhanger, but oh god... that was incredible. The music, Terry O'Quinn's face, everything. I was blown away.