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Why Aaron is important

  • Jacob and his nemesis belong to two distinct lineages. For example, Locke and Jacob's nemesis have a common ancestry. Aaron is important because he is the union of the two lineages: Christian Shephard from one side, and Widmore from the other. This theory presumes that Widmore is Thomas' father. Why that is important is a separate question. Perhaps Jacob and his nemesis are acting out an age-old rivalry between the two lineages, and Aaron is likely to be a pawn between them.
  • In the Bible, Jacob (A patriarch of the Jews) was Aaron's (Story of Moses) great grandfather. Aaron is Jacob's grandson, via Christian Shephard.
    • In ("The 23rd Psalm"), Eko reveals that the name 'Aaron' is also the name of Moses' brother, and that Aaron once spoke for Moses. Aaron is to become the leader of the island one day as Ben was and speak for Jacob.
    • The Biblical line of descent is Jacob to Levi to Kohath to Amram to Aaron. Aaron's mother Jochebed (Claire) is Levi's daughter and Amram's aunt. So, she is simultaneously Aaron's mother and great-aunt. Levi would be the equivalent of Christian on the show, meaning Christian Shepard is the son of Jacob.
  • Aaron is no relation to Jacob at all, but by being born on the island, he is the only way that Jacob can be reincarnated after being killed by Ben. Jacob's nemesis has been posing as Christian the same way he is posing as John. By telling the survivors that Aaron is "where he's supposed to be", the nemesis has got Aaron away from the island. In addition, nemesis has appeared in Kate's dream as Claire telling Kate not to bring Aaron back to the island. Thus, making it impossible now for Jacob to reincarnate, making way for the nemesis to take control of the island. This is also the reason that other women struggle/cannot give birth on the island, because the Enemy (which is the Smoke Monster), is preventing women from doing so.
    • The Nemesis is hardly the reason for infertility.We know that this problem appeared relatively late: Ethan was born on the Island in 1977, but the war between Jacob and the Nemesis had started way before that.

Richard Malkin's purpose for Aaron

  • Richard Malkin convinced Claire to be on Oceanic 815 because he was working with the Others. Jacob wanted Aaron on the island for unknown reasons, and therefore tasked the Others with getting him there. He has given them many tasks (lists) in the past. The Island knows that Aaron is a future leader and is using the Others and Richard to get him there.
  • Richard Malkin convinced Claire to be on Oceanic 815 to save Aaron from the Others, knowing that eventually, if Claire didn't give Aaron away, he would end up with them. He had no idea that the flight is what would bring him to the island.

Kate raising Aaron

  • Kate is meant to raise Aaron. There have been scenes foreshadowing Kate's role in taking care of Aaron. In "Eggtown", Claire remarks to Kate that "she should try it (motherhood) some time." In "Cabin Fever", Christian says that Aaron "is where he is supposed to be" which is under the tree to be discovered by Sawyer and later partially raised by Kate. In the future, Hurley tells Jack that he is not supposed to raise "him" (referring to Aaron presumably) ("Something Nice Back Home"), but says nothing about Kate.
    • Also Kate was the one to deliver Aaron.


  • The 3 potential parents for Aaron (Thomas, Charlie, and Jack), are for one reason or another, no longer in his life. This is because they are not the one's who are supposed to raise Aaron. This is evidenced by Richard Malkin and Hurley's comments.
  • In the Bible, Jacob (A patriarch of the Jews) was Aaron's (Story of Moses) great grandfather. Aaron is Jacob's grandson, via Christian Shephard.
  • Aaron's father Thomas is the son of Charles Widmore. One of Thomas' paintings was seen in Charles Widmore's office. Widmore is known to go to extensive efforts to fund/support the efforts of the children he has fathered (Daniel), even if he isn't there for them emotionally.
    • I kind of like the idea that Widmore is the father of Thomas. The producers have already hinted at the fact that Season 6 will bring things back into play from Season 1 that people had dismissed as nothing important at all. This could absolutely be one of those things.

Leader of The Others

  • Due to his lineage (as theorized above) Aaron will become, not only a leader of the Others, but will be the final leader of the Others.
    • Neither Ben or Locke were raised by their mothers, or anyone from their mother's side of the family for that matter. This could be one of the criteria that The Others look for when selecting a new leader, and is why Aaron has been separated from Claire, so he can become their future leader. This also explains why Jack can't raise him, as he is related to Claire.

Who is supposed to raise him

  • Jack was not supposed leave the island (as Locke told him), and by doing so Sawyer jumped from the helicopter, sacrificing his relationship with Kate, so they could leave. Charlie came to see Hurley, and told him relay a message to Jack. The message was that he was not supposed to raise him, referring to Aaron. If Jack had not left on the helicopter, Sawyer would not have jumped and he would be living with Kate and raising Aaron. Like Malkin predicted he was going to be raised by a nice couple in LA and that nice couple was supposed to be Kate and Sawyer. When Locke was in Jacob's Cabin he wanted to know where Aaron is was. Christian replied that he was where he supposed to be, referring to be in Sawyer's care.


  • Aaron is Jacob. This would make sense considering we know that both Claire(mother) and Christan(grandfather) are seen in the cabin together. He was sent off the island to be raised and time travel back to save them all and thus he becomes Jacob.
    • One of the supposed meanings of the name Aaron is "of light", and between Jacob and his nemisis, his nemisis is dark and Jacob is light.
    • Jacob seems to know everything that is happening on the island because he is from the future.
    • He chooses to be known by the name "Jacob" which refers to the great, great, grandfather of Aaron in the Bible. He does so because he will be mainly watching over all the members of his family present on the island like a "father."
  • He will travel back in time when he grows up and attempt to save the Losties/Kahana crew who apparently died during the DHARMA time Incident as suggested Richard Alpert. He is told about them dying in the Incident by Sun or Richard Alpert. He then decides that all those people who died deserved to be saved because they saved him several times as a baby.
  • Aaron and Ji Yeon will end up as a couple. This is foreshadowed by Sun's repeated comments that Aaron and Ji-Yeon would make good playmates for each other.
    • They are destined to both become leaders of the island in the future. The island will summon them both there as young children before the Season 6 ends.

Jacob's nemesis is posing as Aaron

  • Agostini and Norton, the law firm that Ben hired to retrieve Aaron from Kate, is an anagram for "Don't go in, isn't Aaron". Also, in the pilot episode, Claire says that she hadn't felt Aaron move from the time of the plane crash until she ate a bite of the fish that Jin offered her. Aaron could have died in the turbulence of the plane crash and been "resurrected" just as Locke was, so Claire gave birth to Jacob's nemesis, impersonating her son.

Other theories

  • Aaron is a Christ-like figure; the savior of the Island. The show has many different religious beliefs incorporated. Jesus is a descendant of Jacob and in Charlie's dream (about baptizing Aaron) that mirrors The Baptism of Christ, Claire appears as the symbol of Mary, the mother of Christ.
  • Aaron has similar psychic abilities to Walt. He immediately started crying after Charlie's death in "Through the Looking Glass" which suggested that he somehow knew Charlie had died. This is supported by the claims made by the psychic, Richard Malkin, that it is imperative Aaron should not be raised by another, and also supported by the Others interest in babies born on the Island.
  • Thomas is not really Aaron's father. Aaron is clearly important to the island's future, and Thomas is just too minor of a character to warrant such a relationship. Along the lines of Claire being a Mary figure to Aaron's messiah, the "father" may be of a supernatural origin.
  • Except that Joseph, Jesus' father was also given such a minor role in Jesus' conception as to nullify him entirely in favor of a "virgin birth" as God's son. Perhaps Thomas was meant to be forgotten.

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