Eko, also known as Mr. Eko (also referred to as Eko Tunde, although this may be an alias), was a notorious war lord and drug smuggler in Nigeria and was one of the tail section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. Before the crash he was trying to smuggle drugs out of the country by pretending to be a priest but his brother Yemi, a real preist, tried to stop him and was accidentally killed and thrown on the plane. Eko was left behind and after his Yemi's deah he decided to take his brother's place in the church and seemed to take his role seriously, protecting the church and villiage from drug lords. After the crash, Eko and the rest of the Tailies were attacked by the Others, where he fought his kidnappers and killed them. After this he took a short vow of silence and started carrying a stick with him that he carved bible verses into. When Michael, Jin, and Sawyer washed up on shore, Eko kept them prisoner until they decided their story was true and they all made the trek across the Island to the Middle-section survivors camp. He later found the beechcraft that his brother's body had been on and burnt the plane in respect. After he and Locke found the Pearl Station, Eko was convinced that it was important to push the button but Locke lost his faith and kept Eko from pushing the button causing the implosion of the Swan. Eko survived the incident but was dragged unconsious into a cave by a polar bear and was saved by Locke. While recovering from his injuries he was visited by a vision of Yemi who told him it was time to confess his sins. He followed the vision into the jungle where he confessed he had not sinned but done what he had to do. Eko then confronted and was killed by the Monster.
As a child, Eko was very close to his brother Yemi, even stealing food for him. However, he was caught by a nun and was forced to "confess his sins." Eko and Yemi were separated when Eko shot an unarmed man at the behest of unidentified Nigerian guerrilla members. He did this to spare his brother from having to do so. As a result, Eko was recruited into the guerrilla group instead. When asked his name, he responded "Eko." One of the militia members then referred to him as "Mr. Eko," a nickname which stuck. ("The 23rd Psalm") ("The Cost of Living")
When the shipment was prepared, Eko and his men assembled at an airstrip, dressed as priests, and began to load a Beechcraft with the statues, which contained the heroin. Yemi came to the airstrip to urge Eko to call off the mission, but the Nigerian Army, alerted by Yemi, arrived to stop Eko. During the crossfire between the military and Eko's men, Yemi was shot. Goldie helped drag Yemi onto the plane; however, he kicked Eko off the plane and back onto the runway, so Eko was left behind. When addressed as a priest by the soldiers, he pretended to be just that. ("The 23rd Psalm")
Eko was taken back to the village and dropped off at his church. Going inside, he found Yemi's Bible, left in the confession box, which held a photo of him and Eko as children inside. A few moments later, Amina showed up with her son Daniel and asked where Yemi is. Eko informed them that Yemi had been called away on urgent business to a village to the south and that he would be replacing him. Amina commented that Yemi was to be leaving for a church in London a few days later, to which Eko replied that he would take over there as well. Later, while preparing for a service, Eko heard gunfire outside and rushed out. There he met a militia leader named Emeka, who told him that he had a deal with Yemi regarding the village's semi-annual shipment of vaccinations, wherein he would get 80% and the village would keep the remainder. Eko informed him that he was not afraid of him, so Emeka shot a bystander. ("The Cost of Living")
When Eko asked about the deal, he was told by Amina that the vaccines sell for a high price on the black market. Eko then met with a black market dealer in an attempt to sell the vaccines to benefit only himself. When Emeka arrived at the church with his bodyguards having heard of what Eko planned to do, he threatened to cut off Eko's hands for stealing. Eko attacked and killed the three of them, striking down Emeka as he begged for mercy. The villagers boarded up the church as it was no longer sacred and Amina told Eko to start fresh in London, adding ominously that, one day, he would pay for his sins. ("The Cost of Living")
At some unspecified point in his life, Eko worked in a parish in England for a brief period. He told Michael that every Sunday, after mass, a small boy waited at the back of the parish. The boy approached him one day, and confessed that he had beaten his dog to death with a shovel because the dog had bitten his baby sister on the cheek. The boy was worried that he would go to hell for this action. Mr. Eko told the young boy that God would understand that he was just protecting his sister, and would forgive him. The boy then said he was not concerned about forgiveness, only that the dog would be waiting for him if he ever went to hell. ("Three Minutes")
At some later point in time, Eko (known as "Father Tunde") served as a priest in an Australian church. He took confession from a man who has actually arrived to provide a passport (listing his name as Oduduwa Ulu with a date of issue of April 16, 2004) so Eko could travel to Los Angeles. He was asked by a senior priest to investigate a reported miracle, the apparent resurrection of a young woman who drowned the day before. Eko visited the undertaker, who played him the tape of his autopsy procedure. He later visited the home of the woman, Charlotte Malkin, and encountered her father, Richard Malkin, who sought to explain away the "miracle" as a cover-up of the undertaker's incompetence. Richard was the psychic who told Claire to go on the plane, though he admitted to Eko that he was a fraud. At the airport in Sydney, prior to boarding Oceanic Flight 815, Eko encountered Charlotte, who agitated him by saying that she saw his brother, Yemi, when she was "between places," asking her to tell Eko to have faith. ("?")
Mr. Eko survived the tail crash, and helped Nancy and carried Zach back to the shore. Later Eko asked Cindy to look after the kids while he took the dead bodies out of the water. The Others attacked the first night, and he was a target. However, Eko killed both of his attackers with a rock. Even though his actions were in self-defense, Eko was saddened by his murdering, and took a vow of silence for the next forty days, instead carving a stick with biblical references. (This stick was later mockingly nicknamed the "Jesus stick" by Charlie, as a reference to it being covered in scripture.) Libby also told Eko that it was self-defense, though this didn't change his decision.
After Ana Lucia turned off the radio, thinking that they were communicating with the Others, Eko followed her to a stream, where she cried and asked him why it took him forty days to speak; he asked her why it took her forty days to cry. When Jin washed on the shore, they tied him up; however, Eko thought he was a threat. As Eko and Ana Lucia argued, Jin broke free and ran to the beach. ("The Other 48 Days")
As the Tailies mistook Sawyer, Michael and Jin for Others, Eko ran up to them and hit them with his stick. The tailies threw them into the tiger pit. Later, Ana Lucia told Eko to knock her out and throw her down into the tiger pit. Eventually, Eko asked Ana Lucia what information she was able to gain while he pulled her up. The next day, Eko threw down a rope and ordered Jin to climb out. During the trek to the Arrow, Eko apologized to Sawyer for his actions and the misunderstanding when they first met. He was later seen with the other tailies in the Arrow. ("Adrift") ("Orientation") ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
The next day, the tailies decided to move camp and hike towards the survivors' main camp. He often disagreed with Ana Lucia over the three captives, and eventually Jin and Michael were let go. Michael took off to find Walt, and Eko joined Jin to go find Michael. During their time looking for Michael, Eko sensed someone coming, and he and Jin hid. Hidden in the bushes, they saw people go by in almost unearthly silence; these were the Others. Eventually they caught up to Michael and Mr. Eko convinced Michael to come with them. ("...And Found")
After the death of Shannon, Sayid quickly pulled his gun on Ana Lucia. Eko stopped him and, after a quick and muddy fight, the tailies tied him up. Eko carried Sawyer back and found Kate and Jack playing golf and took him to the Hatch. While looking at the DHARMA sign, Locke greeted Eko, after Eko told Locke, "A girl was shot and killed." Later, Eko stopped Jack and Michael from going after Ana Lucia with guns and went with Jack where they saw Sayid and Ana Lucia. ("Collision")
On the beach, Eko comforted Ana Lucia, telling her that most of the survivors realize that Shannon's death was accidental. Later, Locke and Eko watched the orientation film, and Eko revealed that he had the missing piece. ("What Kate Did")
Eko later learned from Claire that Charlie has a statue of the Virgin Mary. Eko confronted Charlie and demanded to be taken to the plane where Charlie found them. While they were wandering through the jungle, Charlie climbed a tree to get a better look at the surroundings. While Charlie was in the tree, the Monster approached, and Eko, motionless, watched it while it confronted him. It then moved on.
Eko and Charlie continued into the jungle where they found the plane and the bodies of Yemi, Goldie, and Olu. Eko retrieved a cross pendant from Yemi's body, the same one that the guerrillas removed from Eko when he was a boy. Eko and Charlie set the plane on fire, burning the body of Yemi, and recited Psalm 23. Eko then told Charlie that he was a priest. ("The 23rd Psalm") Eko was then enlisted to baptize Claire and Aaron. ("Fire + Water")
Mr. Eko had been marking and cutting down trees near the beach for reasons unknown. This carried on for several episodes until Charlie asked why he was marking the trees. In response, Mr. Eko only said simply, "These are the ones I like". It was later revealed that he is building a church in memory of Yemi's "defiled" church in Nigeria, for which he enlisted Charlie's help. ("Fire + Water")
Eko knew about "Henry Gale"'s presence in the Hatch while it was kept secret from other crash survivors. Eko asked to speak to him, and when he did, Eko apologized for killing two of the Others. He cut two tails from his beard and offered them to "Henry" as a symbol of the two men he killed and his repentance. ("Maternity Leave")
When trying to make an S.O.S sign, Bernard asked Charlie and Mr. Eko, but they said that they were too busy building the church. Bernard could not believe that they were building things instead of trying to get rescued and Mr. Eko stated, "people get saved in their own way". ("S.O.S.")
Eko had a dream involving Ana Lucia (shortly after her death, an event of which Eko was not yet aware) and his brother Yemi, where both told him to help Locke, and to go to the "question mark" -- and to bring along his axe. Eko asked Locke to help him find Henry, who had escaped. Later in the jungle, he told Locke that they were really in search of the "question mark." As Yemi had predicted in the vision, Locke refused to discuss the question mark with Eko, so Eko knocked him out with a head-butt. When Locke awoke, he showed Eko his sketch of the blast door map, and Eko decided that they must find the question mark as shown on the map. Then, they arrived at the Beechcraft. ("?")
While lying down, Locke had a dream involving Yemi and Eko climbing the nearby cliff. Locke told Eko about it, and Eko climbed the cliff only to find nothing but grass. But when he looked down from the cliff, he sees a question mark in the ground below. Originally it was a circle but some of the grass had grown back and now resembles a question mark. Eko returned to where Locke was, and observed that salt had been put into the ground to keep the grass from growing so as to form the circle. They dug under the Beechcraft and found another DHARMA station. ("?")
They entered the station, called the Pearl. It featured a bank of TV monitors that enabled the inhabitants to view the other hatches. Eko and Locke saw Jack in the Swan. They found another orientation film, which said that the jobs of the other hatch members are a "psychological experiment." This information (along with Henry Gale's false claim that he did not push the button and nothing happened) shattered Locke's faith in the Island, while due to Eko's dream, Eko believed that pushing the button had become even more important.
He announced that if Locke was not going to continue to push the button, he would. Eko found notebooks and papers filled with numbers; he decided to bring these objects back from the Pearl because he believed that they were extremely important. ("?")
After the death of Libby, Eko returned to the hatch, and the rest of the survivors questioned if they caught them. Eko decided to move into the Swan to take over the task of pushing the button. He asked Charlie to bring him his belongings from the beach, having decided to quit working on the church for now (which upset Charlie). Later Jack asked him if he would like to go to Ana Lucia's and Libby's funeral. Eko replied, "Thank you. I will mourn them in my own way." ("Three Minutes")
Locke tried to stop Eko from pushing the button; Eko shot back with Locke's often-said words: "Do not tell me what I can't do." After this Locke then tried to destroy the computer with the Jesus stick, but Eko stopped him. They fought, and Eko locked him out of the the Hatch. Later, Locke and Desmond, who don't want to press the button, tricked him by triggering a blackout. When Mr. Eko came out of the computer room, Desmond and Locke ran into the computer room and the blast doors closed on Mr. Eko. As Eko left, he noticed the QUARANTINE sign on the Hatch door. He asked Charlie how they blew up the door. Charlie and Mr. Eko returned to the hatch with dynamite. Mr. Eko planted the dynamite with Charlie trying to convince him not to, until he took Charlie's belt off, and threw it at the wall. Eko lit the dynamite, without warning Charlie. During the system failure, Desmond opened the the door, and Eko and Charlie ran into the computer room while metallic objects began to fly across to the magnet wall. Locke told Eko, "I was wrong," when suddenly Desmond triggered the fail-safe key, causing the Discharge. ("Live Together, Die Alone")
After the implosion of the Hatch, Eko ended up in a polar bear cave, badly injured. Eko's Jesus stick fell from a tree, and nearly hit Locke after the discharge. Locke, with Charlie, went on a quest to save Eko, since it was his opposition to Eko that caused the disaster at the Swan. Locke tracked the polar bear with Charlie to its cave, torched the bear to save Eko, and took him back to the camp. While Charlie got water, Locke apologized to Eko, saying it was all his fault and their friends were now captured. Mr. Eko woke up and told him that he can still protect them, and that eventually he will find them, since he was a hunter. As Charlie arrived, Eko was still unconscious. When they returned to the camp, Locke told Claire, Nikki, and Paulo to take care of him. ("Further Instructions")
Eko remained in a feverish coma for two days after being rescued, but awoke to see Yemi standing over him, telling him that it was time to confess his sins and that Eko knew where to find him. Yemi then set Eko's tent alight. Eko was saved by Charlie and Hurley, but disappeared as soon as Charlie took his eyes off him. He headed for the drug smuggler's plane and Locke, Desmond, Nikki, Paulo, and Sayid gave chase, finding him on their way at a river, where moments earlier Eko had seen the Monster once more. After pursuing visions of his brother, several smugglers he had killed, and brief appearances by the Monster, Eko came to the Nigerian plane, where his brother was laid to rest. ("The Cost of Living")However, Eko found that his brother's body was no longer in the plane. Eko saw Yemi once more appearing in dirty clothing and chased him into an open field. There, Eko confessed that he had not sinned to his brother. Eko stated that he did not ask for the life that he was given, but it had been given nonetheless. And with it, he did the best he could. Eko also mentioned his sacrifice for Yemi when they were young.
The Monster then appeared and advanced threateningly while Eko began to recite the 23rd Psalm, as before. This time, however, it attacked him, beating him into trees and then slamming him into the ground. Locke found the brutally beaten Eko who, before he passed away, whispered into Locke's ears. If listened to closely Eko can be heard faintly saying "I saw the devil". Sayid asked what Eko’s final words were, to which Locke replied, "We're next." ("The Cost of Living")
Following Eko's death, Locke conferred with Sayid that too many people have died to bury them in the graveyard. The two returned to the camp to get shovels and decided to bury him where they found him. On their way back, they found Eko's stick. Locke said a short speech around the explorers to the Pearl, and shortly after, he saw the verse Genesis 13:14 written in all capital letters. It read "LIFT UP YOUR EYES AND LOOK NORTH". Directly below it was the scripture "John 3:05." ("I Do") Mr. Eko's death was initially kept a secret from the other losties, apart from Charlie and Hurley and later Kate. ("Flashes Before Your Eyes") Locke then headed on a bearing 305 north from Eko's stick and found the Flame station. ("Enter 77")
Three years after the Oceanic Six left the island, Sayid visited Hurley late at night at the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. Hurley told Sayid that he had been "seeing dead people", and having regular conversations with them. Sayid then insisted that he come with him "somewhere safe" because he was being watched. Before leaving, Hurley finished a game of chess, seemingly with himself. In making his final move, he said "Checkmate, Mr. Eko", implying that he was either meeting Eko similarly to the way he met Charlie at the institution or hallucinating. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
What you see on the screen now is something quite different from what was originally talked about. As I understood it, from what we discussed with the creators, he was actually quite a passive character . The name that we initially came up with was 'Emeka', and I changed the name to 'Eko', because it is Yoruba, which is the tribe that I come from, and I added the 'Mr.'... I've had some difficulty trying to establish the character with the writers. Y'know, because we were trying to marry what they wanted to do with the show and feelings that I wanted to see come out in the character..."The 23rd Psalm", perhaps, was a bonding point for me as an actor with the writers, so it really was a formulation of a trust between us. Because when I saw that episode, I realized that I actually knew where I was coming from.
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