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Intentions

  • We have seen Juliet ask Ben to leave the Island several times, and this is the primary reason Jack gives for why he trusts her. However, this "truth" also seemed to be exploited by Ben (and Juliet) to gain the trust of the Losties. When Juliet is handcuffed to Kate and "punished" by the Others, these actions play off of her real or ficticious "outsider status" among the Others and build her credibility with the Losties so she can infiltrate their ranks and pass on information about them to Ben. However, it is unclear whether Juliet has any true allegiance to anyone beyond herself - siding with whoever gets her the best chance of leaving the island.
  • She knows ALOT more than she is letting on in regards to the Island time shifting. Consider that Richard encountered her in 1954 and Ethan encountered Locke in 1999. It was those two that recruited Juliet to the Island. Perhaps by gaining foreknowledge of the future, Richard and Ethan initiated a covert operation among the Others, a kind of "Time Police" who are acting to ensure Island History is maintained. Remembering Juliet from his '54 encounter, he realized she was destined to travel into the past. Richard could have brought Juliet into the Time Police making her a double-triple agent. Working for Ben, then siding with the Others as a mole but all the while secretly working for Richard.
    • Do we know for sure that Richard saw Juliet in 1954?
      • It's safe to assume that after Locke and the others vanished, Widmore related to Richard that he encounterd a tall blonde who knew of Richard, the Others and spoke Latin. Richard's smart enough to keep an eye out for someone that meets the description and eventually would realize Juliet is destined to be in 1954.
      • We need to know more, but it is likely that Sawyer and party will encounter Richard in the "DHARMA Time" and he will make the connection.
        • (I have no idea if this is the correct place to post this) In Juliet's second flashback, which appears in Season 4, we see Harper and Juliet having her first session. Later on in the flashback we know of her and Goodwin's relationship. Goodwin comes to visit her while she is explaining some of her research to Ben, and she is off to have another session with Harper. As listed in Juilet's main "unanswered" questions section on her Lostpedia profile, Harper asks what Juliet thinks of Ben. And then says "you look just like her" in reference to Ben's feelings towards Juliet. I believe Juliet is strikingly similar in appearance to Ben's Mother. It should be interesting if this question is ever answered - arendsduo 12/28/09
          • It would be very ironic if through some time travel craziness that Juliet ended up dying while giving birth to Ben. Ben might have photos of his mother to go by, but Harper is probably referring to Annie. --FlashMedallion 01:49, January 7, 2010 (UTC)

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  • What Juliet meant when she said that she's not used to death, was that unlike Jack who is a surgeon and deals with death on a daily basis, she was a fertility specialist who dealt with birth. Despite the deaths of all the women she has treated on the island, she still cannot get used to the idea of seeing someone die. Although she shot Picket three times with little remorse because she perceived him to be a threat, she was appalled when Sawyer shot Tom because Tom had been disarmed and was "helpless."
  • Juliet was hesitant to help the survivors until Sun trusted her with her secrets. After that, Juliet decided to help them because she knows that if Sun stays on the island during her pregnancy, she will die.
  • She is there to find a way for the Others to procreate, evidenced by their interest in children (such as baby Alex, Claire's baby Aaron, and Walt) and the lack of children at the Barracks, as well as Richard Alpert recruiting her to research a patient with an abnormal womb in "Not in Portland".
  • She was present in the Staff station when Claire was being held.
    • She was preparing to "cut out" the baby from Claire's womb, as Alex told Claire in "Maternity Leave".
    • She was not actually planning to perform a Cesarean section (at least, as a first resort), but was going to try to save Claire just as with the past pregnancies.
      • She is not a surgeon, so it's very unlikely that she would be able to "cut out" the baby from Claire's womb.
        • Although not general surgeons, OBs are qualified to perform Ceseareans and other reproduction-related surgery.
  • She has been trained in basic combat and weapons, as she shot Danny, knocked out Jack, and overpowered Kate with a martial arts move.
    • All the others receive combat training to protect the island in case of an attack its part of their initiation course.
  • She has long since passed caring about the group hierarchy of the Others; all she wants, more than anything, is to escape from the Island.
    • In Tale of two Cities and The Cost of Living Juliet comments on free will and how it has disappeared on the Island.
    • Her desperation to escape from the Island has unhinged her. This explains her coldness and unpredictability.
    • She is cold and doesn't trust anyone because on the island all the people she has trusted have betrayed her or died. Her agenda is to get off the island at any cost.
      • She chose to be the last one off the island.
  • Juliet is working to fix the fertilization problems of the women of the island.
  • She may have been threatened by Ben with Rachel again—he may have forced her to try to be a mole against her will.
    • She may have her own plan within this—to go along with Ben's wishes, but actually work against him.
  • She may have been pregnant in 1977 because she knows pregnant women dont die yet and they way she was holding her stomach and refused the tea, which is not good for pregnant women, in the incident gave possible hints to this.
    • If she was pregnant, why would she have let go of Sawyer's hand? I thought she was too before that scene...
      • She knew that even though you love some things, sometimes you just have to let go even if you love that more than anything else.Like when her parents got a divorce thats what they told her and she remembered that and she knew she was going to die anyway and she didnt want sawyer to have to die with her.

Ben and Juliet

  • Juliet really hates Ben, that is confirmed by the end of "D.O.C.". But it is not clear if she is actually sympathetic to the Losties, or merely interested in leaving the island herself.
    • The fact that she waited to put herself on a rescue raft until last may imply that she is in fact concerned about the other Losties.
  • Juliet may have secretly been attempting to lead a revolt against Ben. This may have been the purpose of the book club meeting that Ben was not invited to.
    • Ben let Goodwin die because he interfered with his plans, he's treating Juliet like his property and forces her to stay on the island. She had a lot of reasons to hate him even before the whole losties story. Now she just hates him even more.
    • She really cares about the Losties but she's being forced to go along with the Others or she'll never get off the island.
  • Juliet ultimately wanted to save everyone by having Ben be killed by Jack. Assuming that Jacob resides somewhere on the mainland (or at least off of the island), killing Ben would effectively release Jacob's grasp on the Others and give them free access to the submarine. In this respect, Juliet could very well have rescued everyone, assuming that Jacob doesn't have some kind of failsafe in place for just this kind of situation (he more than likely does).
  • In "The Other Woman", Juliet is said to look like "her". Now that we know Juliet was living with the DHARMA Initiative, we may assume that Juliet looks like a version of herself with whom young Ben became infatuated and with whom adult Ben, unaware of her time travel, becomes infatuated.
  • Perhaps she was recruited to the Others, because she was known to help deliver babies on the island back when she was in the Dharma Initiative.

Juliet's video tape

See main article at: Juliet's tape/Theories

Name references

  • Juliet's name may contain a number of allusions to the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
    • Like Juliet in the play, Juliet has had a romantic interest in a man from an enemy clan (Jack), and vice versa.
    • Moreover, Juliet could be the second love interest after the first was frustrated—Kate being akin to Rosaline, Romeo's first love interest.
      • Ben could also reference Paris; Juliet was supposed to marry Paris in the play and Ben brought Juliet to the island because he wanted her to be his.
    • In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet's mother became pregnant several times after she had Juliet. However, all these pregnancies ended in the child's death. This possibly explains why Juliet is a fertility doctor, and the difficulty for women on the island to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
    • It may reference the little known short story "Juliet & the Magical Island", by unpublished author and philanthropist Charles Burke. In this story, Juliet gets dragged to a mystical by a mysterious man named Benji. There she falls in love with a man named Chack, who is already in love with someone named Pate. There are also polar bears on the island. Other than the name, I don't see similarities.
      • The point above this is clearly the best thing on this entire page.
        • The above point, must be seconded; obviously "Juliet & the Magical Island", is the only 'for certain' hypothesis based around the show. Hear, hear.

Juliet and Sawyer

  • They will become the Adam and Eve in the Caves seen in "House of the Rising Sun because time will shift again and then will get stuck together in the past, find a cave and die together, thus becoming these bodies.
    • This is unlikely considering both Juliet and Sawyer appear to have finished time traveling in the 1970's as seen in "LaFleur".
      • So you are suggesting that they will be stuck in the past forever? Doesn't seem very likely to me either since we know that neither one of them is alive as old people during and after the time of the 815 crash. So there probably will be another timeflash.
        • This isn't necessarily true. We don't know that they are not on the island as old people. Maybe they are older members of the others who are using different identities so their past selves don't recognize them. Who's to say that Juliet and Amelia for example are not the same person?
  • A real possibility exists that Sawyer and Juliet die during the Purge. Theory or Talk has been offered elsewhere that the "her" Juliet was described as resembing in "The Other Woman" is herself. If young Benjamin Linus is due to arrive on the Island in "Namaste" or after, he will see Juliet, using whatever name, at the Barracks. Juliet will see him and know his name and will avoid him, not because of any time paradoxes but because she will realize that he is the future Ben whom she came to hate and who told her, "You're mine." Her remoteness will cause Ben to become infatuated; he will outgrow his infatuation, but it will return after Juliet dies. When he has need for a fertility specialist in the early 21st century and the search turns up Juliet in Miami, he will demand that she be recruited. In passing, Ben also sees his mother in the jungle outside the fence.
    • Whe are still over a decade behind the Purge, something will happen in the Incident and the losties will no longer be stuck with the dharma initiative.
    • Juliet helped to save young Ben's life. This might be the basis of his infatuation. Ben saw Juliet living and young when he was an adult and saw it as fate giving her to him.
      • Ben has lost all memory of Juliet and the other Losties in Dharma time. When Kate took him to the Others in Whatever Happened, Happened, Richard said that the effect would be for Ben to forget about what had happened and for him to "always be one of us." So he cannot be basing his infatuations off of conscious memories, if he is indeed doing so.

Reasons for being on the island

  • She was recruited by the Others because she is the first person to ever succesfully deliver a child on the island.
  • She was actually brought to the island by Jacob's Enemy. He caused the fertility issues on the island that results in her coming to the island. Nemesis's objective by bringing her to the island is making sure that Jughead is detonated.

Identity outside of the island in 1977

The Incident

  • Right, firstly, Juliet didn't die in the detonation of the Plutonium. She CAN'T have, because if it does actually work, and everything is reset, then Flight 815 would never crash, she'd be a fertility specialist on the Island struggling to uncover why women cant give birth. She'd just go back to that, never knowing Jack or James or Kate or all that lot.
    • The thing is it can't be reset through her actions. Doing this would violate causality. For her to ever go back in time and detonate the bomb the island would have to have moved. In order for the island to move Locke must move it. If the plane doesn't crash then Locke can never be there to start the time jumps. Dan was right at first when he said they can't change anything. He proved this right when he went and spoke to Charlotte in 77. He knew that talking to her would start the chain to her death, but did it anyway. No one was holding him at gun point or anything to make him do it, it was his own freewill that took him over to her.
  • Also, I think that if the detonation of the bomb DIDN'T work, she can't be dead, because she's obviously a really important character with potential. If she set off the bomb, she must have some part to play in the consequences, so she must be alive (or I hope so at least), and I think she'll end up doing something which will actually save everyone. She WON'T be dead because she's too important. And her life should also be explored, as it seems a bit pointless putting in a little flashback in The Incident, Parts 1 & 2, if they don't do anything with it. It would make a good story I think. I hope so.
    • There was a point to that one flash. It was about a couple breaking up even though they still loved each other. It mirrored what was going on between her and Sawyer. It explained why her stance on things suddenly changed.
    • I don't think we've seen the last of Juliet. But then looking at the other side of the coin, Daniel was a really important character with potential and look how quickly they killed him off? Regardless, I definitely think we will be seeing Juliet for at least one more episode next season, either to finally kill her off or for her to survive. My heart says I want Juliet to survive, but my head says she's a goner.
      • But Daniel was only the idea of the detonation, he didn't actually do it. Juliet did. So she must be key in its events to come. And Juliet WILL be in Season Six like you say, at least for one episode, but I reckon she'll still be a major influence in it. If not immediately, she will b a major part of the final season. Likewise will Claire, as has been mentioned. And I also think James and Kate will be as usual. But I'm hoping Juliet lives most.
        • Juliet will live. Season Six will open with Juliet (nude no less) having miraculously escaped exactly the same way Desmond escaped the hatch when he turned the failsafe key.
          • They can't keep doing that. They "killed" Jin at the end of Season 4, and then brought him back. They hinted that Daniel was dead earlier this season only to bring him back (albeit to kill him). It's been too long since a real, show-changing character death. She's toast.
            • In re show-changing character deaths, the finale did reveal that Locke is dead (again). That seemed pretty show-changing.
          • If anything, all that would indicate that she is alive. They've done it before several times, so why wouldn't they do it again? And they hardly hinted that Daniel was dead. They just said he was missing. That being said, I think she'll be back, but maybe not for long. I think a lot of us are forgetting the fact that she was pretty badly hurt. It's shocking that she even survived the fall, and even more so if she were to last much longer because the state she was in after the fall.
            • Juliet is one of my favorites, but I also believe that she has died / will soon be dead. My reason is that Elizabeth Mitchell has been announced as the star another sci-fi series this fall, ABC's remake of V. It would be very demanding for her to be in both shows on a regular basis.
              • The next episode of V doesn't air until March 30. Filming has tentatively been scheduled to begin sometime in January.
        • Juliet's sacrifice mirrors Jacob's sacrifice - a choice to die for the greater good. Therefore, as Locke has become an avatar of Jacob's nemesis, Juliet will become Jacob's avatar.
  • Our Juliet (original timeline) isn't dead; her consciousness was flipping back and forth between timelines with "Juliet X" (evidence: she was talking nonsense about getting coffee). When Juliet's body died, it was with "Juliet X"'s consciousness. This could setup Juliet to be an agent for reuniting timelines if that needs to happen in the future. PS: Why would this happen to Juliet and not the others? Her proximity to the core.
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Proximity to the core

If in fact close proximity to the electromagnetic field gives person(s) ie. Desmond (Flashes before Your Eyes and The Constant) certain abilities to move through time then we will see Juliet move through time as well. At the very least it will keep a certain level of consistency in ideas.

Deeper Reason for Changing her Mind

  • It seemed like Juliet was holding her stomach when they were talking with Rose and Bernard. This could be a sign that she is pregnant, and that more than losing Sawyer, she would not want to put her kid through the same things she went through.
  • Juliet changing her mind is the perfect example of free will, also known as the variable within the equation. One could even say that Juliet is The Variable. Note that Jacob did not pay a visit to her the way he did with others and the season five finale flashbacks seemed to be all about Jacob checking on people or leading them to something.
    • Jacob paid visits only to the people who arrived on the island via plane crash (most were on Flight 815, and several more were on Flight 316 as well). He visited them to set into motion the events that would lead them to take those flights. Juliet, however, did not need to be visited by Jacob because she was recruited directly by Richard/Ben (and thus we can infer, Jacob, indirectly). So she is no less entwined in the equation than the other survivors.
      • Doesn't seem likely, for the flashbacks indicated that it was Jacob's touch that "lead" them to the island.
        • I think Juliet changed her mind, because someone told her so. I think she is part of a bigger plan. She is supposed to help The Others in NOT changing anything about what happened. Remember what Miles said, what if in order to change what happened they should just "Do nothing", what if the Incident was what caused the building of the hatch.I believe Juliet has joined the Losties from the beginning to make sure that what happened, happens! She convices Sawyer to let Jack make the bomb explode. When she is in the Sub she thinks that preventing Jack to explode the bomb is what will save the island. In the forest someone tells her, that in order not to change anything the bomb should explode.She might have been hired by Ben or Eloise. Eloise has already experienced the exploding of the Hydrogen bomb and knows this is the only way to save the Island. she infact wants the losties to go back, otherwise "God help us all"

Juliet's Dying Words

  • When Juliet told Sawyer she needed to tell him something important, she was confused and asked where they were. After she died Sawyer asked Miles to listen to her body to get the message, Miles said the message was "it worked". That may have been what her dead self realized, but while alive she was confused. Unless Juliet figured everything out int he span of one second before dying, the original message was a different message.
    • Juliet probably was aware of the other existence of herself in the alternate dimension as she was dying in the dimension we see her in
    • Maybe Juliet was pregnant? Maybe the bomb detonated and caused a change in the timeline?
    • Miles has said that when someone's dead, they're dead - their brain stops working, so there's nothing to communicate with (hence his skepticism about Hurley's abilities). He can only hear their memories, which include what caused their death and their thoughts just before. Juliet must have though "It worked" before she died.
  • Before she died, Juliet also appeared to be talking to someone else (maybe her sister), which prompted Sawyer to be a bit confused and say: "it's me". I think that because of the state that Juliet was in, it allowed her to see both the outcomes of the 'paradoxical box', she saw herself off the island as well as she saw Sawyer holding her dying body on the island. That's what prompted her to say: It worked. She really saw that it did work.
    • This works in regards to the theory that the flash-sideways are actually flash-forwards to a different, succesful reboot of the island and Juliet is simply having flashes of different times ala Desmond.
  • Juliet was invited to the island. Upon her death, she was allowed to go home. Her life continues in the "real" world, as if she had never left to the island. Miles was able to hear her message because she was still going through the transition of leaving the island.
  • The Juliet we see in the last scene of Season 5 and the beginning of Season 6 is actually a substitute from the alternate time line who crossed dimensions in order for the universe to course correct. The "whatever happened, happened" theory is still correct, and extends into the use of alternate timelines. The core detonation is the "incident" which never would have happened if Juliet didn't cross dimensions. She's visibly confused because when she crossed into the "erased" dimension, she took on the memories of the Juliet we know and love, but the Juliet we're seeing is one who was most likely never on the Island before that moment and only came there to sacrifice herself to save her sister.
  • Juliet was flashing between both 'worlds', which is why she said 'Where am I?' Before she died she worked out what was happening and got ready to tell Sawyer that it worked, as that would be her perception of her experiences.
    • In a later episode we will see Sawyer and Juliet meet for coffee (three years after the safe plane trip) and she will repeat the same dialogue (in a similar fashion to Charlotte's death).
      • This is absolutely the case. Her consciousness is bipbopping between worlds, much like Desmond's in the Constant, but instead of time, it is DIMENSIONS.
        • Juliet is presumably moving back and forth between alternate timelines at the cusp of her death. This could explain the fragmented dialog. She becomes aware in these travels just before death that the post white flash survivors on the island are in the same "alternate" 2007 timeline in which the Ajira flight landed and Jacob have just been murdered. Theoretically it is alternate because when the Ajira flight is making it's emergency landing and calls for mayday over the radio the only response heard is the number loop. This would mean that Danielle Rousseau never changed the numbers to her distress call in this timeline.
      • oOOOo, imagine an episode where Juliet shows up in the Reset Timeline, but her consciousness is going back and forth. That'd be interesting... Although, that would mean the actress would need to come back for that.
  • This entire time Miles has always assumed he is communicating with "the dead" but is actually communicating with living versions of the people in alternate realities. From Juliet's perspective it did work. She was slipping between universes as she died. If this proves true, Miles could prove very useful at communicating with the Losties within the alternate reality. The idea meshes with the concept of "Quantum Immortality" in a sense.
    • It could also explain why Hurley sees dead people different than Miles. Hurley sees the dead within the current universe, Miles talks to those in other universes.
      • The exact opposite may be true. Juliet wanted to say to Sawyer "it worked" and that's what Miles heard. Miles seems to be aware of things that are true right up until the person died. Hurley, on the other hand, sees people who should be dead and those people seem to know more than they did when they were still alive. Dead-Charlie told him explicitly "I'm dead, but I'm here." Ana Lucia may have also been a manifestation from a dimension where she was still alive.

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