James Ford, better known by the alias Sawyer, and known to the DHARMA Initiative as Jim LaFleur, is one of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. His rural Southern accent, selfishness, machismo, and folksy use of oft-abrasive nicknames belied his sophisticated and tender sides as an avid reader and a caring lover—elements of his personality that became more apparent as he spent more time on the Island. When he was a boy, his father killed himself and his mother, because of an invovlement from con man named "Sawyer", leading Sawyer to take the name and become a con man himself. He used these abilities on the Island, to accomplish various ends, and has hoarded material possessions to leverage power, leading to his involvement in several "A-missions". Sawyer left the Island, along with Jin, Michael and Walt on Michael's raft in an attempt to find rescue but was forced to return when Walt was kidnapped and the raft was blown up by the Others. They washed up on shore and met up with the tail section survivors of the crash and went back to camp. After pulling off a long con, he gained control of all the guns and a position of power over the other survivors, until he was captured by the Others, along with Jack and Kate, as part of Michael's betrayal. While with the Others, Sawyer and Kate were used as leverage to convince Jack to perform surgery on their leader Benjamin Linus until he and Kate eventually escaped. Sawyer was asked by John Locke to kill a man, Anthony Cooper, who was revealed to be the real "Sawyer". After Jack called the freighter for rescue, Sawyer joined Locke and a small number of survivors sheltered in the Barracks. When the Oceanic Six left in the helicopter, Sawyer chose to stay behind on the Island, where he and a small group of survivors underwent time shifts as a result of Ben moving the Island. He led the small group until a final time shift, where they were stuck in 1974. Sawyer joined the DHARMA Initiative, became their head of security and lived in the 1970s for three years until Jack, Hurley and Kate returned to the Island following the crash of Ajira Airways 316 and their cover was eventually blown. After the detonation of Jughead, he time traveled to his original timeline of 2007 having survived the blast.
Born in 1968, James Ford is originally from Jasper, Alabama. When James was eight, his parents were swindled out of their life savings ($38,000)("The Brig") by a man known as "Sawyer," who slept with James's mother, Mary Ford, and conned her into believing he was going to take her with him out of Alabama. When the con was discovered by James's father, he came home enraged, banging on the front door and screaming for Mary. Mary told young James to hide under the bed and not come out for any reason, so his father would assume he was with his grandparents. James heard his father break the door down, shoot his mother, then shoot himself in despair while sitting on the very bed under which James was hiding.
At his parents' funeral, James was visited by Jacob. He gave James the pen he used to write a letter to Anthony Cooper, the con man who caused the death of his parents; his fingers brushed Sawyer's as he did. James's Uncle Doug then came to him and read out the letter James was writing. James promised his Uncle that he wouldn't finish the letter; ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2") however, James did finish it and hoped to deliver it to Mr. Sawyer personally, one day in the future.
It is unknown who took custody of James after these events; the only relative besides his grandparents we know of was his uncle, who presumably died of a brain tumor. ("Confidence Man"). He may have been living in Knoxville, Tennessee, based on the markings on the envelope of his letter. At some point as a child, he contracted mononucleosis, which kept him out of school for two months. During that time, he lived in a trailer and watched a lot of Little House on the Prairie.
Having dropped out of school in the ninth grade, James became a confidence man at age 19. At some point, James owed some men $6,000, and he attempted to use the same confidence trick as his nemesis had to obtain the money needed. Finally, Ford adopted the name of the man responsible for the death of his parents. He was persistent in tracking down the original Sawyer to have his vengeance, and to give him the letter he wrote as a child. Despite his vendetta against Sawyer, James became the very man he has been hunting. ("Confidence Man")
James later employed his earlier con on a woman named Jessica and her husband, David. He tried to swindle the couple out of $160,000. However, after looking into the eyes of his marks' son, James abruptly decided to call off the deal. He also had a relationship with Mary Jo, the woman who read out Hurley's lottery numbers. ("Confidence Man"), ("Outlaws")
James would later take on a woman named Cassidy as an apprentice, but this was actually part of a con to steal a small fortune from her. He seemed genuinely fond of Cassidy, and for a while appeared reluctant to go through with the scam. However, his partner in the con forced his hand by threatening Cassidy's life. It is unclear whether he actually loved her or not; he stole the money. In response to this betrayal, Cassidy gave him up to the authorities (on the advice of Kate, whom Cassidy had met shortly after her relationship ended). ("The Long Con") ("Left Behind")
Sawyer received a prison sentence of approximately seven years. About nine months into his sentence, he was visited by Cassidy, who claimed to have given birth to a daughter named Clementine and that he was the father. In betraying a fellow prisoner, Munson, he bargained away the last six years of his sentence with the authorities by telling them where Munson had hidden stolen money. He was also given a "commission" for his part in the con, and asked for it to be placed in Clementine's name, in a way she could never know who had given her the money. ("Every Man for Himself")
Hibbs later approached James, saying he was trying to make up for his part in the botched job. Hibbs said the original Sawyer was a man named Frank Duckett who lived in Sydney, Australia. Blinded by his rage, James traveled to Australia in search of Duckett. While there, he was hit by a car door opened by a man leaving a woman behind. ("Two for the Road") Sawyer visited a bar and met with Christian Shephard, the very same man who bumped into him with the car door. Christian told him about the situation with his son (Jack) and encouraged him to finish the business he had intended to do. With this in mind, James finally met Duckett. However, after shooting him, he realized Duckett was not the real Sawyer. Hibbs had once again tricked him, making him a common mercenary assassin sent to kill Duckett for previously offending Hibbs. Duckett revealed his innocence and made the ambiguous statement, "It'll come back around..." with his dying breaths. Reeling from the reality that he had murdered the wrong man, James ran. ("Outlaws")
He was later arrested for head-butting the Australian Minister of Agriculture in a bar fight, and while being dragged in the police station he passed by a young man. He was ordered to be deported back to America on Oceanic Flight 815, with the stipulation he could never return to Australia again. ("Hearts and Minds") ("Exodus, Part 1")
After Sawyer crashed on the Island, his drifter instincts took over and he began hoarding anything salvageable from the wreckage that he could possibly use as currency. This included stealing from the luggage compartments, as well as the wallets or belongings of the corpses in the fuselage, giving him a shady reputation amongst the other survivors. However, Sawyer soon became bored of keeping to himself and accompanied the group of survivors heading for higher ground to use the radio transmitter. This is when he started getting to know Kate and shot a polar bear, revealing that he had stolen a firearm from the U.S. Marshal after the crash. ("Pilot, Part 2") He later shot the marshal in the chest with this gun, aiming for his heart; however, he missed and hit the marshal's lung instead.
Sawyer's stubborn and cocky attitude became apparent soon after the crash when Shannon, Jack and the rest of the group were convinced he had stolen the young woman's asthma inhaler. His refusal to explicitly tell them the truth led Jack and Sayid to torture him. Sawyer finally agreed to tell the truth, but only to Kate, from whom he demanded a kiss first. He then revealed that he never had the medicine in the first place. When he attempted to escape captivity a few moments later, Sayid tackled him and severed an artery in his right arm with a knife. Jack's attempts to save him were rewarded by Sawyer hissing that if the tables were turned, he'd let the doctor die. Nevertheless, Jack succeeded in treating Sawyer's wound. ("Confidence Man")
Kate and Sawyer's relationship soon became more intense, after Kate found the letter Sawyer wrote as a boy to the man who conned his parents. In addition, while hunting a boar that ransacked Sawyer's tent, the pair played a notable game of "I never", in which Sawyer admitted a number of both significant and trivial points about his past. The following day, the two located the boar they had been hunting, but at the last moment Sawyer decided to spare the animal's life, as it reminded him of the man he killed in Sydney. Also on that day, the two heard whispers in the jungle, supporting Sayid's account of a similar experience, and suggesting that they may not be alone on the Island. ("Outlaws")
Sawyer furthermore showed an odd passion for reading literature on the Island, but soon after began experiencing headaches. Coming to his aid, Jack realized he was farsighted, and gave him a pair of glasses welded together to match his prescription. Though the two seemed to be helping each other, both Sawyer and Jack still had an ongoing rivalry, particularly around Kate, in whom both seemed to have an interest.
When Michael built his raft to find rescue, Sawyer bought his way on board using his essential stolen supplies. When Kate attempted to steal his spot, Sawyer exposed Kate as a fugitive to the entire group, causing animosity between them. Before leaving on the raft, Sawyer also told Jack that he had actually met Jack's father in Sydney before Christian died, which partially mended the rivalry between Sawyer and Jack. While on the raft, Sawyer witnessed the attack by the Others, and when he tried to stop them from taking Walt, was shot in the shoulder, knocking him overboard. As he scrambled in the water, the raft was destroyed by a Molotov. ("Exodus, Part 1")
While Jin seemingly vanished, Sawyer and Michael managed to grab onto the raft's wreckage. During their time adrift, Sawyer saved Michael with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (but never tells him), and later pulled the bullet out of his arm with his bare hands. Sawyer and Michael were slowly pulled back to the Island by the tides (and upon this realization, Sawyer quipped "Home sweet home"). Here, they found their missing friend, but discovered that he was being chased by a group of unknown individuals. Sawyer attempted to challenge these people, but ended up being hit round the head with a club by a man, later revealed as Mr. Eko. ("Adrift")
Sawyer, along with his other friends, was shoved into a pit. After being kept as prisoners for several days, they were eventually released by Ana Lucia, and, eventually, it was revealed that they were accompanying fellow survivors of the flight, from the tail section. The group led the new arrivals to their current home in the Arrow station. As the group trekked across the Island back to the main camp, Sawyer's condition (caused by his infected bullet wound) worsened, and he collapsed, prompting the Islanders to build a stretcher to carry him on, over Ana-Lucia's protests that he would only slow them down. ("Orientation") ("Everybody Hates Hugo") ("...And Found"), ("Abandoned")
During the confrontation with Sayid over the shooting death of Shannon Rutherford, he was carried the remainder of the journey to the camp by Mr. Eko. He was treated by Jack with medicine from the hatch, and cared for by Kate, who watched over him night and day until she began to hallucinate from lack of sleep. The spirit of her dead father, Wayne, appeared to manifest itself through Sawyer during this time, and after he recovered enough to be taken outside for some air, he was witness to Kate's final meeting with the black horse. ("Collision") ("What Kate Did")
Back at camp, Sawyer was angry at Jack, who stole some of his supplies. He warned Jack about taking his things, but when Jack ignored him, the con man hatched a plan to exact his vengeance. Sawyer enlisted Charlie's help in an elaborate scheme that included kidnapping Sun and blaming it on the Others. He also managed to deceive everyone in the group that Jack and Ana Lucia were preparing to hand out guns for an army. The deception allowed Sawyer a chance to steal all the guns and medicine housed in the Swan station armory, setting up a situation where everyone must come to him if medicine or guns were needed. Jack was able to win the guns back beating Sawyer in a game of poker. ("The Long Con") ("Lockdown")
Sawyer also willingly handed over a number of his guns to fellow survivors. For instance, he gave Kate a gun to take with her on her trip with Claire to find the medical station. ("Maternity Leave") In addition, Ana Lucia also managed to steal a gun from Sawyer. This led to Michael using the gun to shoot both Ana Lucia and Libby, leading to Sawyer feeling remorse over their loss, as well as giving up the location of the rest of his guns and medicine to Jack, as Libby was in need of the heroin for pain relief. ("Two for the Road") ("?")
Among the names on the list of people Michael was instructed to bring to the Others was Sawyer, and he was convinced to join Michael and the others on their mission to find Walt. On the way, he killed an Other who was spying on the group. As they traveled, however, they were ambushed and taken to the Pala Ferry by the Others. With Hurley allowed to go free, the trio of Jack, Kate and Sawyer were kidnapped by the mysterious indigenous group. ("Three Minutes") ("Live Together, Die Alone")
A day later, Sawyer awoke in a cage at the Hydra station with his arm bandaged. He had to work out a way to find food, which he eventually did, much to his pleasure. However, his happiness was somewhat dampened by the fact that all he got was a fish biscuit and kibble, and by the fact that Tom later quipped, "It only took the bears two hours." He unselfishly handed over his hard-won fishbiscuit to a hungry Kate when she was brought to the cage opposite his. ("A Tale of Two Cities")
Sawyer and Kate were made to work in harsh conditions in a rock quarry, and during this time, Sawyer rebelled against his captors, and passionately kissed Kate before suffering at the hands of Pickett and his group of Others. While Sawyer maintained that this was done to test the Others as a group, a connection between himself and Kate was clearly visible. As the two discussed their options and escape plans, they did not realize that they were in fact being monitored remotely by Ben and the Others. ("The Glass Ballerina")
Sawyer planned a second escape by using the electric shock from the behavioral conditioning device in his cage to shock the next person that came for him. Ben was the one to come, but Sawyer's plan was unsuccessful, because they turned off the electricity. It is likely that this is because his plan was heard over the monitors. He was beaten by Ben and taken into the station where the Others injected an unknown substance into his heart. When he woke up, he was informed by Ben that he had been outfitted with a pacemaker that would cause his heart to explode if his heart rate went too high. He was also told that if he told Kate what happened, they would do the same thing to her. ("Every Man for Himself")
Sawyer's drastic change in behavior caused Kate to worry. He concealed his secret from her, not wanting her to suffer the same fate. Later, Pickett came into his cage, and beat him severely, as punishment for Colleen's death. He demanded of Kate if she loved Sawyer, and continued to bloody his face until she finally broke down and exclaimed that she did. Kate then learned that she could escape her cage, so Sawyer told her to run and save herself if she really loved him. However, she said that she only claimed to love him so Pickett would stop hitting him, and climbed back in her cage. ("Every Man for Himself")
Later, Ben and some Others took Sawyer on a hike in order to show him something. On the way, Ben revealed that nothing has been done to Sawyer's heart, and that it was a ruse to trick him. Ben said that the only way to gain the respect of a con man is to con him, and claimed to be much better at conning than Sawyer. At the top of the mountain, Ben showed Sawyer that they were on an island separate from the Island on which their plane crashed—proving to Sawyer that running was useless, as there was nowhere to go. ("Every Man for Himself")
From this point on, Sawyer seemed to lose his fighting spirit—Kate awoke to find him listlessly throwing rocks at the food button in his cage. Pickett then came, and told Kate that she had to go and work, and that Sawyer had a day off. However, she insisted that they worked as a team, so, Pickett got Sawyer to accompany her back to the quarry. Unbeknownst to Sawyer, Pickett would kill him if Kate was unable to convince Jack to perform surgery on Ben. Kate became desperate and broke the lock on Sawyer's cage, urging him to run. However, he didn't leave, explaining to Kate about them being on a second Island, and that he didn't tell her because he wanted her to keep believing they had a chance. At this, she kissed him and the two made love inside his cage. ("I Do")
Afterwards, Sawyer asked Kate if she only said she loved him to stop Pickett's beating. She responded by kissing him again and nestling into his arms, at which he smiles and says, "I love you, too." The morning after, Kate awakens beside Sawyer to find Pickett and an accomplice have arrived with guns, to kill Sawyer. ("I Do")
At first, Sawyer fought Pickett, but backed off when he saw the accomplice hold one of Kate's arms behind her back, pushing her up against the bars and holding a gun to her head. Even though she urged him to fight, he stepped out of the cage with Pickett and was forced to his knees. Pickett said he wants Kate to watch, and, in response, Sawyer told Kate to close her eyes. Pickett aimed the gun at Sawyer's head and says, "This is for Colleen," before Tom called on the walkie-talkie and interrupted him. Sawyer was left kneeling in the mud, his fate in the balance. ("I Do")
Sawyer eventually assaulted Pickett, taking away his gun and beating him, while Kate took out his backup. They locked both of them in the bear cage, though Sawyer butted Pickett's head against the food button three times, triggering the shock effect which left Pickett in pain. He and Kate ran, but only to the beach, seeing their main island two miles away by sea. They were chased down and Sawyer fired several shots at the Others, but ran out of rounds. He and Kate were rescued by Alex, who used her slingshot to wound Jason and lead them to a hiding-hole. ("Not in Portland")
Alex agreed to give him and Kate a boat if they would help her rescue Karl, her boyfriend. Kate suggested, and Sawyer implements the "Wookiee Prisoner gag", took out Aldo, and rescued Karl. While preparing to leave the Hydra Island by boat, Pickett appeared and was ready to shoot Sawyer, but Juliet fired first, killing Pickett. She allowed Sawyer, Kate and Karl to escape, and they paddled back to their own island. ("Not in Portland"). Once they reached there, they camped out when Sawyer won an argument as to whether they should look immediately for the castaways camp. They woke up the next morning to find Karl missing, and then heard him crying. Sawyer talked to him, encouraging him to go back for Alex. He and Kate also argued about whether or not she felt guilty for having sex with him. When Karl decided to leave, Sawyer let him, prompting another disagreement with Kate. ("Stranger in a Strange Land")
On their way back to the camp, Sawyer stepped on a dart, debris from the discharge. Kate tried to make up with him, but Sawyer said he has nothing to be sorry for. After their reunion with the other survivor, Sawyer's mood was not improved by finding out that all his stuff has been taken and divided among the castaways. The loss of the MacCutcheon scotch was particularly irksome. He went after Hurley, who helped drink it. Hurley, who seemed very happy to see Sawyer is alive, hugged him, and bribed him with DHARMA beer to help him with the DHARMA van. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
After getting drunk with Jin, and teaching him some English, Sawyer helped Hurley with re-activating the van by pushing it, with Hurley and Charlie inside it down a hill, which ended with a large black rocks. Although Sawyer believed it is their "funeral", he did so, and was shocked to see that the car did work. After a short ride in the van, Sawyer came back to camp, with his DHARMA beers, and looked for Kate, but could not find her. ("Tricia Tanaka Is Dead")
Sawyer distracted himself from his worries about Kate by trying to win back his stash in a ping pong game against Hurley, but was defeated and had to give up using nicknames for a week. Hurley gave him his Playboy magazines back, reassuring him about Kate, whom he felt was safe with Sayid and Locke.("Enter 77")
He and Hurley were playing ping-pong when Nikki staggered out of the jungle, and collapsed in front of them. After Hurley deduced that her last words were, "Paulo lies", they went looking for Paulo, only to find him apparently dead, as well. Together, with Charlie, Jin and Sun, they tried to figure out what happened to them, during the course of which it's revealed that Nikki asked Sawyer for a gun but he refused to give her one. Under the cover of doing a "perimeter search", Sawyer finds the diamonds that he then gives to Sun. She threw them back at Sawyer when she found out that he and Charlie were the ones who assaulted and kidnapped her. Later, Sawyer sprinkled them into Nikki and Paulo's grave and helped Hurley bury them, not noticing that Nikki, who's only been paralyzed had woken up. ("Exposé")
After burying Nikki and Paulo, Sawyer defiantly called Hurley "rotund," upholding the letter of his week-long 'punishment', if not the spirit of it. Hurley advised Sawyer to try to get in the other survivors' good graces, as they were planning a vote of banishment. He suggested Sawyer do good deeds, such as giving Claire a blanket, catching and cleaning a fish, hunting boar with Desmond, then cooking it as a feast for the other survivors. However, when Sawyer 'casually' asks Charlie about the vote, Charlie had no idea what he was talking about, and Sawyer realized he had been duped. Sawyer confronted Hurley about the con, and Hurley pointed out that, with Jack, Sayid, Kate and Locke away from camp, the other survivors were looking at Sawyer to fill the leadership role on the Island in the wake of Nikki and Paulo's deaths. He asked Sawyer if it felt good to be nice. ("Left Behind")
After his initial, emotional reunion with Kate, Sawyer became very angry when he realized that Jack had brought Juliet back with the group. When he and Sayid tracked her to where she picked up the medicine for Claire, Juliet confronted Sawyer with her knowledge of him killing a man in cold blood the night before his flight. That was enough to get him to back off.
Sawyer went to Kate's tent to talk to her. He entered her tent and he saw her dressing. He asked her if she told Jack about them. He playfully asked her about sex, and she in similar fashion rebuffed his advance, prompting him to ask her if he needed to get her a mix tape. Later, a distraught Kate entered his tent and started kissing him. He tried to ask her what was wrong, but she only wanted him to be quiet and continued kissing and undressing him, and they had sex for the second time. The next day, Sawyer approached her to give a Phil Collins tape, commenting that if Bernard asked about it, he knew nothing. He then asked if she slept with him because she saw Jack with Juliet the night before. She denies it, but he gently rebukes her, saying that she doesn't need to use him, she has only to ask. ("Catch-22")
While off in the jungle by himself, Sawyer was approached by Locke, who told Sawyer that he had kidnapped Ben and wanted Sawyer to kill him. Sawyer doesn't trust Locke, but followed him anyways. When asked why he would not kill Ben himself, Locke responded that he was not a murderer. He then reminded Sawyer about the man he killed in Australia (which Locke learned about from the Others' file on him).
The two arrived at the Black Rock, and headed for the ship's brig, where Locke said Ben was being held. As soon as Sawyer stepped into the room, Locke shut the door and locked him in with a hooded figure. The figure turned out not to be Ben, but Anthony Cooper. Through talking to him, Sawyer learned that Anthony was a con man. Sawyer asked him what names he had used, and one of them turned out to be "Tom Sawyer". Sawyer realized that Anthony was the man who conned his mother. Sawyer pulled out the letter he wrote as a child to "Mr. Sawyer" and ordered Anthony to read it. Anthony started to read, but stopped and explained to Sawyer his theory that they were not on an island but, in fact, in hell. Sawyer told Anthony to keep reading, but he tore up the letter up instead. Sawyer then angrily strangled him to death with the chains he was being restrained by.
Locke thanked Sawyer for killing the man who ruined both of their lives, saying that, "he had it coming." He then told Sawyer to return to camp, and gave him the cassette player Juliet left for Ben to prove that she was a mole in their camp. ("The Brig")
Sawyer returned to the beach camp with the tape and confided in Sayid. Later that night, Sawyer was present when Sayid made his speech regarding Naomi, Oceanic Flight 815, and his distrust of Jack and Juliet. Sawyer played the tape for the everyone to hear. When Jack and Juliet returned, Sawyer was obviously angry at both of them, but in the end, he listened to Juliet, turned to the tape over, and listened to Ben's plans on invading the beach. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")
After hearing about Jack's plans to use dynamite against the Others, Sawyer joined the main group in the trek to the radio tower. On the way, he brushed off Kate's mentioning that he had been acting distant ever since he got back from his mission with Locke. Sawyer soon decided he needed to help those at the beach, who could be in real peril. Though Kate wished to join him, he refused to allow it, and goes instead with Juliet. The two made it to the camp, after also refusing Hurley's offer to help. As they wondered how best to proceed, Hurley drove the DHARMA van into the fray. Together, they eliminated the remaining Others and saved everyone in the process. The last enemy survivor was Tom, who surrendered grudgingly; however, Sawyer shot him in the chest, much to everyone's surprise - especially Tom's. Before he died, Sawyer told Tom, "That's for taking the kid off the raft." When Hurley commented that Tom had surrendered, Sawyer quietly replied, "I didn't believe him." ("Through the Looking Glass")
Sawyer was still celebrating at the beach. While he he drank a beer, he watched Juliet dig Tom's grave and listened as Hurley told everyone of Jack's call. Desmond then returned to inform them of Charlie's death and his final warning about the boat. Sawyer said they must radio Jack to warn him, but Sayid told Sawyer not to because the "rescuers" may be deceiving them; Sayid believed that if their intentions were indeed bad, they were likely monitoring communications on the Island. Hurley settled the debate by grabbing the radio and throwing it into the ocean. Instead, Sawyer, Hurley, Juliet, Jin, Bernard, Sayid, and Desmond grabbed some guns and set out to meet up with Jack and the others in the jungle.
Sawyer tried to comfort Hurley over Charlie's death, but Hurley did not want to talk about it. Journeying on to the cockpit, Sawyer eventually joined Locke's side. When Kate questioned him on his actions, he told her that he was doing what he had always been doing: surviving. Along with Locke and those who sided with him, Sawyer walked off into the jungle, headed for the Barracks. ("The Beginning of the End")
The next day, as Locke's group was trekking across the Island, Sawyer noted that the group was not going in the right direction to get to the Barracks. Locke replied that they had to take a detour to a cabin, to which Hurley replied that the cabin was in a different direction. Sawyer began to question why Locke believed the freighter people were bad, and expressed doubt once Locke explained that it was Walt (or a vision of Walt) who instructed him to kill Naomi and attempt to stop the people on the boat from coming to the Island. To prove his story, Locke lifted his shirt to show the gunshot wound inflicted by Ben.
Later, he intervened when Karl was about to attack Ben, saying that Ben was only trying to get inside his head, only to end up attacking Ben himself when he antagonized Sawyer about Kate. Sawyer told Locke that they should kill Ben, saying that he was sure to find a way to cause trouble, but Locke says they needed him.
The group later found Charlotte Lewis and exhibited hostility and disbelief toward her as she told her story. Ben stole a gun and shot Charlotte, prompting Sawyer to beat him. Locke told Sawyer that he was right about Ben, then Sawyer offered to kill him, but Locke said that he would do it himself. Sawyer then witnessed Ben reveal that he already knew about Charlotte and her team. ("Confirmed Dead")
Shortly afterwards, Sawyer and the rest of Locke's group captured Sayid, Miles, and Kate at Ben's house in the barracks. Sawyer watched over Kate as Locke and Sayid negotiated. Sawyer revealed that he did not want to leave the Island because he had nothing to go back to. He questioned Kate's motives for leaving by reminding her that she had nothing to look forward to except jail if she left the Island. Sawyer told Kate that he would be content to stay and live on Island. Kate asked him how long they could "play house." Sawyer said they should find out. ("The Economist")
Kate stayed with Claire at the Barracks and was visited by Sawyer. They argued about the pregnancy, and Kate was clearly still upset about the fact that he'd left her, and she tells him to go home. She later visited him, asking if he could help her break Ben out. He then reported this to Locke, distracting him for Kate; however, Locke caught Kate, banishing her from the Barracks. That night, she came to Sawyer's room and he vowed to protect her. They kissed passionately, but apparently did not have sex based on Sawyer's comments the following morning. The following morning, they got into a fight over the pregnancy. Kate assured Sawyer that she was not pregnant, but when Sawyer declared that having a baby would be the "worst thing in the world" for them, Kate got upset and left. ("Eggtown")
While playing a game of horseshoes with Hurley, Sawyer saw Ben walking freely into his home. Amid their confusion about his freedom, Ben cheerfully said to them, "See you guys at dinner!" ("The Other Woman")
Later, Sawyer attended a group meeting at Locke's house, where he learned that the freighter's crew planned to kill everyone on the Island after they captured Ben. Afterward, Sawyer confronted Locke about the $3.2 million that Miles wanted from Ben. Locke replied that he didn't think this matter was worth mentioning at the meeting. ("Meet Kevin Johnson")
Sawyer was playing a game of Risk against Hurley when the phone rang, heralding the imminent arrival of Keamy and his team. Sawyer attempted to get all the other residents of the Barracks inside their houses, but Keamy's group shot three survivors dead and attempted to gun down Sawyer. Sawyer took cover and made his way to Claire's house, which one of the mercenaries blew up with a rocket-propelled grenade. The attackers then ceased fire, allowing Sawyer to enter the debris of Claire's house. Finding Claire still alive, he carried her back to the house in which Ben, Locke, and Hurley were taking shelter. Ben tried to prevent Sawyer from entering the house, but Sawyer and Claire made it safely inside through a window.
That night, Sawyer was present when the Monster attacked Keamy's team. While the mercenaries were distracted by the Monster, Sawyer, Ben, Locke, Hurley, Claire, and Miles fled from the Barracks. Sawyer, fed up with Ben and Locke's mysterious plan to consult Jacob, declared his intention to return to Jack's group at the beach camp, and offered to take Claire and Aaron with him. Claire agreed and Miles also decided to go with them. However, when Sawyer invited Hurley to go with them, Ben and Locke demanded that Hurley come with them to Jacob's cabin. Sawyer aims his gun at Locke in defense of his friend, while Locke aimed his gun at Sawyer. Ultimately, Hurley convinced Sawyer to let him leave with Ben and Locke, to which Sawyer complied, telling Locke that if he hurts one hair on Hurley's head, Sawyer would kill him. Sawyer, Claire, and Miles set off toward the beach. ("The Shape of Things to Come")
Sawyer continued to behave protectively toward Claire and Aaron, imposing a "restraining order" on Miles as they headed for the beach. He was quick to get her out of the area upon the discovery of Rousseau's and Karl's bodies, and told her to get behind him when they heard someone (Frank) approaching through the bushes. He told them Sawyer, Claire, Aaron and Miles to hide in the bushes as Keamy and his team were coming. They hid, but Aaron let out a cry and Keamy almost investigated, but Frank convinced him not to. The next morning, Sawyer realized that Claire was gone. Sawyer's "restraining order" had backfired, as Miles had apparently let her wander off into the jungle in the dead of night with what appeared to be her father, Christian Shephard. Equally furious and worried, Sawyer left Miles to find Aaron when he began to hear the baby crying. Upon finding him alone on his blanket at the base of a tree, Sawyer picked up the child and began yelling for the still missing Claire. ("Something Nice Back Home")
Sawyer, Miles, and Aaron were making their way back to the beach when they ran into Kate and Jack, who were tracking the helicopter. After a brief argument, Kate took Aaron, and she and Miles returned to the beach, while Jack and Sawyer continued on towards the chopper. They arrived at the chopper and found Frank alone, hand-cuffed to a seat. Frank warned them about where Keamy and his team were going and the danger of the Orchid. Frank promised to fly them off the Island right away, until Sawyer realized Hurley was in danger at the Orchid. Jack and Sawyer trekked off into the jungle, in search of the Orchid, to save Hurley's life. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")
They soon find Hurley and Locke at the Orchid. After Jack chooses to ignore Locke's pleas for them to stay, they leave with Hurley. Sawyer leaves the Island in the helicopter with Lapidus, Kate, Jack, Sayid, Aaron and Hurley. It soon becomes apparent that there is a leak in the copter's fuel tank, and that they need to lose weight. Throwing several loose items off doesn't have enough of an effect, so Sawyer takes a moment to size up the situation. After whispering something in her ear, he kisses Kate passionately, then jumps out of the helicopter into the sea, heroically sacrificing his escape to save Hurley, Jack, Sayid and Kate. Surviving his fall, Sawyer swims back to the Island and finds Juliet alone on the beach with a bottle of DHARMA rum. While he is initially in good spirits, he is dismayed when Juliet points out the wreckage of the freighter. At this point the Island moves, taking Sawyer with it. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
Though confused by the intense white light, Sawyer was quick to notice that the smoke from the freighter had completely disappeared in an instant. Juliet speculated that the helicopter may have been on the boat when it exploded. Sawyer attempted to calm Rose and Bernard as they panicked but they informed him that the camp had disappeared. Sawyer acted increasingly irritable as the group headed towards the hatch. He first asked Daniel to give him his shirt, and then slapped him and demanded some sort of explanation about the flashes of light. He seemed uncaring that they were travelling through time, distracted by the thoughts that Kate and the others might have died when the freighter exploded. When they arrived at the Swan station he suggested to Daniel that they could warn them about not getting on the helicopter, but Daniel replied it would be futile to attempt to change the past.
After jumping back in time again, Sawyer, against Daniel's attempts to persuade him that it was impossible, headed to the Swan's back door to get supplies: "Food, beer and clothing". He attempted to get through the door, shouting "It's the ghost of Christmas future!" and angrily slamming on the door. He eventually gave up, telling Daniel "Everybody I care about just blew up on your damn boat". He then stormed off back to the beach. ("Because You Left")
Sawyer took Frogurt's red shirt, and questioned Daniel about how they were going to get off the Island. Later that evening Sawyer became increasingly impatient with Frogurt's pessimistic attitude and just as tensions peaked Frogurt was killed by a flaming arrow, fired by a group from within the jungle. As the group of survivors fled, Sawyer was himself almost hit one of the many arrows. He went back for Juliet who had stopped to help someone hit, and the two of them disappeared into the jungle to escape.
Moving towards the creek to meet up with the rest of the group, Sawyer stepped on a piece of bamboo, skewering his foot. Soon after he and Juliet saw a group walking through the jungle with guns. They tried to stay out of sight but were spotted and held at gunpoint. The group demanded to know who they were, and moved to cut off Juliet's arm even when Sawyer agreed to tell them what they wanted to know. Just before it happened they were rescued by Locke and they overpowered their captors. ("The Lie")
The next morning, the three attempted to gain information out of the two surviving men. After Juliet was able to determine that they were Others, one of the men, known as Cunningham, was willing to lead them to their camp. Suddenly, "Jones" quickly snapped Cunningham's neck and escaped. As he ran away, Locke had a clear shot at "Jones'", but refused to shoot. This lead Sawyer to take his gun and aim for Jones, but his shot missed. Sawyer followed Juliet and Locke as they tracked Jones to the Others' camp.
Locke and Sawyer argued about their next course of action, and Juliet stuck with Sawyer. They went to rescue Faraday from Ellie who was holding him at gunpoint. They managed to surround Ellie and force her to drop her gun, however soon after there was a time shift, and as the time changed, Ellie and the Others' camp vanished. Sawyer and his group were left standing on an empty plain where the camp had been moments before. ("Jughead")
After the flash, Locke tells Sawyer that the only way to stop the flashes is to bring the Oceanic Six back to the Island. Sawyer questions the validity of Locke's knowledge that the Oceanic 6 are still alive but after Locke mentions bringing Kate back he decides to head to the Orchid. On the way to the Orchid he hears screams and witness the birth of Aaron. He finds himself unable, however, to say anything to the past version of Kate; later he explains that it was because he believed "What's done is done." They head for their camp in order to use the Zodiac to get to the Orchid to save time, to find the Zodiac boat is gone and the camp has been ransacked and abandoned. They also find two outrigger canoes and Sawyer discovers an Ajira Airways water bottle in one of them. They decide to take one of the outriggers before whoever owns them returns. Out in the water Juliet notices Sawyer is distracted and asks if he is okay, to which he tells her how he saw Kate in the jungle. They are interrupted though when whoever owns the outriggers give chase in the other one and begin shooting at them. There is another time shift and the other boat disappears, and the group is caught out in the rain during nightfall. They quickly paddle to shore when Juliet asks Sawyer why he didn't approach Kate in the jungle. At this point that Sawyer pointed out that Juliet's nose was starting to bleed; they both become distracted by Charlotte who had just found some scattered items and what seemed like the recent wreckage of a ship. ("The Little Prince")
On their continued journey to reach the Orchid, Sawyer and his group stumbled upon Jin (who they thought was dead) just moments after another flash through time. They convinced him to come with them but now the time shifts were becoming much more frequent. Charlotte then collapsed and Sawyer went ahead with Locke, Miles, Juliet and Jin while Daniel stayed behind with Charlotte. They managed to reach the Orchid but it dissapeared in a time flash. Locke then found and began to descend down a well that Charlotte told them they should look for. There was another time shift and Sawyer tried to pull Locke up but it was too late. The well disappeared while Locke was down in it, cutting off Locke's contact with the others. Sawyer desperately tried to dig to get to Locke but Juliet told him they couldn't help him now. ("This Place Is Death") Sawyer, Jin, Miles, and Juliet discovered that they were way in the past when Miles pointed out a huge statue in the distance. They viewed the statue briefly, before Locke fixed the frozen wheel and sent them to 1974. ("LaFleur")
When the well reappeared, Sawyer attempted to help Locke, but when he jumped in, he found it either hadn't been dug yet or had been filled in. They headed back to find Daniel and Charlotte where they saw that Charlotte had disappeared after her death. Sawyer suggested going back to the beach, and Miles scoffed, but Juliet backed him up.
On the way, the group heard gunshots, and saw two Others taking a woman hostage. Sawyer confronted them and asked them to lower their weapons at the point of his own gun, but when one of them attempted to shoot him, Juliet shot him and Sawyer took out the remaining Other. They released Amy who cried out for her dead husband, Paul. She insisted that they bury the bodies of the Others, and take Paul back with her. Sawyer came up with a lie and told her that his group was shipwrecked, but they decided to help. When they got to the sonic fence, Juliet demanded that Amy render it safe. She appeared to do so, but actually just put in earplugs. When Sawyer and his crew crossed the fence, they were rendered unconscious.
When Sawyer woke up, he was confronted by Horace Goodspeed, who asked for his story. He said his name was James "Jim" LaFleur, and told him he was the captain of a salvage vessel looking for the Black Rock. Horace told him he'd be put on the next submarine out, but Sawyer asked for time to find the rest of his crew. When Richard Alpert invaded the DHARMA Initiative camp, Horace went to talk, and when he returned, he asked how well Sawyer buried the bodies. Sawyer then went for a private talk with Richard, and told him the truth about their situation telling him that they were a third party in the incident. Richard didn't initially believe that Sawyer was not DHARMA, but Sawyer asked if they buried Jughead and recounted Locke's trip in 1954. With the specific name of John Locke, Richard then believed Sawyer was not DHARMA, and they hadn't violated the truce. However, Richard still needed justice and they agreed to send the body of Paul back to keep the peace. In return for dealing with Richard, Horace gave Sawyer two weeks to find the rest of his crew.
At the dock by the submarine, Juliet told Sawyer that Locke had already saved them, noting that the flashes had stopped and they were no longer sick, so there was no need to wait for him. She explained that she had been trying to get off the Island for over three years, and that she intended to be on the submarine in the morning despite Sawyer convincing Horace otherwise. Sawyer, however, talked her into staying for just two more weeks until the next submarine trip. Two weeks unexplainably turned into three years, during which time Sawyer became head of security (under his "Jim LaFleur" alias) and entered a relationship with Juliet, Amy and Horace get married, Jin became fluent in English and he and Miles are part of DHARMA security. As head of security, Sawyer commanded considerable respect and fear, as his staff debated about waking him up to take care of Horace, who, drunk, started toss dynamite around near the Flame. Sawyer and Miles found him passed out, and Sawyer took him back to Amy, who admitted they had an argument before he started drinking, then went into labor. When the DHARMA doctor admitted he had never done performed a caesarian (which Amy required), Sawyer recruited Juliet, now a motor pool tech. She succeeds in saving both Amy and her child.
Later that day, as he walked outside, Sawyer stopped to pick a large yellow flower. Smelling it and smiling, he went home and gave it to Juliet, who was in the kitchen making dinner. He kissed her and told her that he loved her and congragulated her on her first succesful delivery on the Island. Later that night, Sawyer talked to Horace, who was finally waking up, and informs him that he missed the birth of his son. Horace revealed the fight was about Paul, and Amy keeping his Ankh necklace in remembrance. When he asked if three years was enough time to forget somebody Sawyer told a story about a woman he once loved, and who he probably could have been with. Now, he said, he can hardly even remember her face. As it became clear that he was speaking about Kate, he asserted that three years was long enough.
The next morning, he and Juliet were asleep in bed when they were awakened by a telephone call from Jin, who had important news. He didn't share it with Juliet, but went out in a jeep to meet Jin in the North Valley. The van arrived, and Hurley, Jack, and finally, Kate, emerged from the van. Sawyer's expression mingled surprise and relief that his friends had returned, and perhaps an indication that three years may not have been long enough after all. ("LaFleur")
Sawyer had to conceal the fact that his friends had arrived on the Island. He filled Juliet in and she informed him that the submarine was bringing new people to the Island that day so he decided to have them pose as new DHARMA Initiative recruits. Sawyer gave them instructions, provided new clothing, and assured the three that they would not be detected. Then Jin called him on the radio with a code 14-J, signaling a hostile intrusion. Jin then quietly told him that the "hostile" was actually Sayid. Sawyer arrived at the Flame, to see that Radzinsky had already locked Sayid in a room and suggested that they shoot him. Instead, Sawyer questioned Sayid, carefully prompting him to identify himself as a Hostile. Sayid played along, and Sawyer pointed out that the terms of "the truce" prevented them from simply executing the "hostile." Sawyer then moved Sayid to another holding cell and ordered that food be brought to him, stating "We're not savages."
Later that night, Jack went to Sawyer's house, where Juliet answered the door. Jack quickly realized that Sawyer and Juliet were in a relationship when he was invited in. Sawyer, sitting on the couch and reading a book, asked Jack if he'd like to take a load off and drink a beer. Jack declined, then asked Sawyer why he is not working on how to deal with Sayid and how to get them off the Island but Sawyer insisted that he was. When Jack criticized him for just sitting there reading a book, Sawyer quoted Winston Churchill, who said that reading a book every night helped him to think. He stated that it was better to think clearly than act rashly as Jack had done in the past, noting that several people had died under his leadership. Jack defended himself, stating that he had successfully gotten everyone off the Island to which Sawyer replied, "But here you are. Right back where you started." Sawyer sternly informed Jack that he was in charge, and he would continue to do things his way, then ushered Jack out of the house. As he watched Jack walk away, he saw an unhappy Kate at the next house over. Clearly torn between wanting to talk to her and his loyalty to Juliet, he gave her a small wave and a half-hearted smile. ("Namaste")
The next day, Sawyer attempted to reason with Sayid, offering him a chance to join DHARMA as a defector from the hostiles. Sayid refused and was brought to Oldham by Sawyer, Horace, and Radinzky. While Sayid did tell the truth under the influence of drugs, his story was not believed. In a meeting to decide what to do with him, Sawyer tried to convince the DHARMA council to spare his life, but is outvoted and reluctantly made it unanimous. Sawyer then returned to Sayid and suggested that Sayid strike him and run away, but Sayid again refused any subterfuge. Sawyer then visited Kate and asked her why she returned, but before she could answer the flaming van crossed the barracks campus and chaos ensued. ("He's Our You")
After the fire was put out and Sayid escaped, Sawyer was examining the security monitors and Kate approached him to ask what happened to Ben. Horace arrived and was suspicious of them talking. With the discovery of a janitor's keys found in the holding cell, which made Jack a suspect, Sawyer saw that things were spiraling out of control. He ordered Miles to keep Jack, Kate and Hurley under house arrest in order not to complicate matters.
Sawyer then approached Roger to ask for his keys and Roger said he must've left them at home. Later, Sawyer tried to recruit help with little Ben's surgery from Jack, who flat out refused. After Juliet sent Kate with Ben to take him to the Others for help, Sawyer went after and caught up with her. But he was there to help, not hinder, saying that he was doing this for Juliet. Sawyer deactivated the pylons, and they carried Ben into the Others' territory. Along the way she told him about his daughter Clementine, and they discussed their relationship, with Sawyer saying he and Kate would not have lasted at the time, but that he's grown up in the past three years. A group of Others surrounded them, but Sawyer quickly took charge, demanding to be taken to Richard Alpert. The Others escorted them into the jungle, with Sawyer cracking a joke to help alleviate the tension, when Richard arrived. When Richard asked Kate who she was, Sawyer intervened, asserting that she was with him. Richard asked if the boy was Benjamin Linus and Sawyer asked if the two had met, to which Richard did not respond. After Richard explained what would happen to Ben, and with Kate's consent, Sawyer gave Ben to Richard to be taken to the Temple. ("Whatever Happened, Happened")
Later Sawyer called Miles and asked him to "accidentally" erase the tapes from the sonic fence surveillance. When Kate expressed concern that he could get in trouble, Sawyer smugly told her that he's "head of security", and that he could handle it. After spending the day tracking Sayid, he arrived at his home, and was surprised to find Jack there. He informed Sawyer of Roger's suspicions. Sawyer followed Jack outside as he left, only to be confronted by Phil. He had the tape that Miles failed to erase, and demanded an explanation. Sawyer invited him inside in order to "explain", then proceeded to punch him, knocking him out. He then told Juliet to get some rope. ("Some Like It Hoth")
The next morning, Jack went to Sawyer's house to tell him Daniel had returned and had headed to the Orchid. Sawyer responded that he was too busy to help, but Juliet ordered him to explain their predicament - namely Phil, who was still tied up in the closet. Later, Sawyer met Jack, Kate, Jin, Juliet and Hurley at his house to discuss their options. He suggested that they either leave the Island by submarine before they are caught, or head into the jungle to "start from square one." They were interrupted when Miles and Daniel arrived, asking where he could find the Hostiles. Sawyer rejected Daniel's plan, and became angry when Jack suggested that Kate could take them to the Hostiles. Juliet became annoyed when he called her "Freckles", however, and gave Kate the fence code in order to send her away. Sawyer argued that Jack was making a mistake and that he, Jin, Hurley, and Juliet would meet them at the beach when their plan inevitably fails.
Later, Sawyer and Juliet were packing to leave for the beach when they were interrupted by the alarm. Radzinsky and his assistants burst into Sawyer's house and informed Sawyer of the situation, but quickly discovered the bound and gagged Phil. Sawyer and Juliet were forced to surrender at gunpoint. ("The Variable")
Sawyer and Juliet were taken to the security office where they were brutally interrogated by Radzinsky. He shoved Sawyer's face into the monitor showing him and Kate at the pylons, demanding to know where his "girlfriend" was, to which Sawyer stubbornly refused. Juliet protested, stating that they were good people. Sawyer ordered her not to talk, whatever she said, they wouldn't believe her. Phil then took the interrogation to a more vicious level by slapping Juliet, which infuriated Sawyer. But he still refused to talk. Chang then arrived, angrily protesting the situation. He then told Horace, Radzinsky and the others to stop the drilling at the Swan, and ordered the evacuation of the woman and children from the Island. Sawyer then proposed a deal to Radzinsky: if he and Juliet could leave the Island on the submarine, he would tell Radzinsky everything he wanted to know. He did not include his friends in the deal, curiously enough, only himself and Juliet.
On the dock, Sawyer sarcastically quipped that he'd buy Microsoft and bet on the Cowboys in the 1978 Superbowl. He apologized to Juliet and said that she was right three years ago, that he should have let her get on the submarine and leave. Juliet told Sawyer she was glad that she stayed behind. Once on the submarine, Juliet and Sawyer were handcuffed to a table in the ship's gallery. Juliet asked Sawyer what they would do when they get to Ann Arbor. Sawyer replied that they aren't going to Ann Arbor, and that they'd be free in the "real world". Juliet chuckled saying she didn't even know what that meant anymore. They held hands and said that they loved each other. They were about to leave, when Phil brought Kate aboard the submarine, where she was cuffed with Sawyer and Juliet. They gave each other awkward looks as the submarine departed from the Island. ("Follow the Leader")
Kate tried to persuade Sawyer and Juliet to come back and stop Jack from detonating Jughead, but Sawyer stubbornly refused, saying he made a decision to leave and was sticking to it. Juliet then knocked out the DHARMA worker bringing around sedatives and told Sawyer that "we decided to leave", and that they couldn't let those people on the Island die. Sawyer sulkily agreed to go along. They held the submarine captain at gunpoint and told him to surface the sub, and said that after they left, they were not under any circumstances to return to the Island. They rowed back to the Island using a raft from the sub, while Sawyer and Kate engaged in wry banter about directions. Upon getting back to the Island they spotted Vincent coming out of the jungle, followed by Rose and Bernard(now sporting a beard), who claimed they had known about them all joining DHARMA but they were retired and this was the life they wanted to live. Upon being told about the bomb, Bernard said it didn't matter, all that mattered to them was that they were together. Sawyer then cast an affectionate look towards an oblivious Kate, which did not go unnoticed by Juliet. Rose then pointed them in the right direction to the Barracks.
Sawyer, Kate and Juliet intercepted the DHARMA van as it headed towards the Swan station. Sawyer asked to speak to Jack, who agreed to five minutes. Out in the jungle, Sawyer told Jack about his parents' murder-suicide, and his witness to the tragedy. Knowing when it happened, he could have gotten on the sub and stopped his dad from killing anyone, but he didn't, because "what's done is done". Jack told him it didn't have to be that way and it was his destiny to change all of their fates. Sawyer said he didn't believe in destiny, and he asked Jack what he wanted out of all of this. Jack told Sawyer that he had Kate and he lost her. Sawyer in exasperation tried to tell him if he wanted Kate back, all he had to do was talk to her. When Jack said it was "too late", Sawyer reminded him that if his "reset" plan worked, he and Kate would be strangers, and she'd be on her way to prison. When even this failed to sway Jack, Sawyer decided he had had enough and punched him in the face. After a fierce brawl, Sawyer pinned Jack and demanded to know if he would stop his mission. Jack refused and Sawyer continued to beat him until Juliet intervened, shouting at Sawyer to stop. As Sawyer attempted to explain himself, Juliet told him that Jack was right, and that she was going to help him. Sawyer demanded to know where all this was coming from, as she was the one who told him to come back to stop Jack. Juliet told him it was because she saw him look at Kate. She said she loved him but she knew they weren't meant to be together. She said that if Jack changed everything, she would have never met him, but it would save her the pain of having to lose him. She walks away, leaving Sawyer stunned. Later as they walked back to the van, they passed Jack, who looked at Sawyer and said simply, "See you in Los Angeles".
Out by the van, Miles began to question whether or not what Jack was doing would cause the Incident, rather then prevent it. When Kate and Jin spotted Phil and the security team headed towards the Swan, Sawyer questioned Juliet whether they should help. She replies "live together, die alone", and they head off. The van pulled up in time to help Jack, and a firefight ensued between the DI team and the castaways. Sawyer was nearly shot by a DI worker above him, but it was Kate who had his back that time as she shot the worker dead. Sawyer grabbed Phil and forced the others to drop their weapons. He shouted at Jack to drop the bomb, and he exchanged a sad look with Juliet as Jack threw Jughead into the well. After a few moments it became apparent that the bomb had failed to detonate, prompting Sawyer to grumble that they were not at LAX. Then a deep hum started far below ground, as all the metallic objects in the vicinity started to be pulled into the well. Phil managed to grab a rifle and threatened Sawyer, when rebar being yanked towards the well, impaling Phil in the chest.
When Juliet was caught in chains and pulled into the hole, Kate grabbed the chains and held on long enough for Sawyer to hear her calls for help. He grabbed Juliet's hand and held on, yelling at Kate to free her from the chains around her waist. But it was to no avail, Juliet saw that the scaffolding was collapsing and would take all three of them down, and she told Sawyer she loved him before letting go. Sawyer became despondent with grief, and Jack and Kate were forced to drag him off the structure before it collapsed. After the detonation of Jughead by Juliet, Sawyer survived. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")
Sawyer survived the detonation of Jughead, and woke up adjacent to the hatch crater. Upon seeing the crater, Sawyer angrily kicked Jack into the hole, belieiving the plan had failed. Kate quickly stepped in to prevent a fight. An argument erupted between Jack and Sawyer, one which is promptly interrupted by Kate, hearing Juliet's muffled cries for help. Sawyer, Jack, Kate, Jin and Miles turn thier attention freeing Juliet, who is trapped under a massive amount of metal. Using the Dharma van, the group manages to clear away enough of the wreckage to allow Sawyer to climb into the mountain of metal. Inside, he finds a badly injured, but still alive, Juliet. Moving away some wreckage, he takes Juliet into his arms, comforting her. They kiss, and just as Juliet says Sawyer she has something important to tell him, she dies. As he is carrying Juliet's body out of the twisted metal, Sawyer stares hatefully at Jack, saying "You did this."
On the way back to his seat, Sawyer brushed past the Marshal. Sawyer shared a meaningful look with Kate before he apologized and moved on. He went back to his seat, where Leslie Arzt was pestering Hugo Reyes to do an impression of a character in his Mr. Cluck's commercial. After Hurley revealed to Arzt that he won the lottery, Sawyer warned Hurley not to share his lottery win with strangers, saying it would make them try to take advantage of him, but Hurley brushed it off saying it couldn't happen, because he was the luckiest man alive.("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")
At the airpot, Sawyer shared the elevator with an escaping Kate. He noticed her handcuffed wrists, despite Kate's attempt at concealment with the marshal's coat. Ganson and Calhoun, two TSA employees, came on the elevator and were alerted of a security issue. Sawyer presumed Kate was involved, and the next time the elevator opened, Sawyer held the door and said "ladies first" so that Kate could get away before the TSA employees realized who they're looking for.("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")