MS. KLUGH: How old was he when he started speaking?However mythic and sci-fi the island itself and the phenomena on it are, the people on it are recognizably human with two exceptions: Desmond, with his time flashes and imperviousness to electromagnetic radiation, and Walt, who can do this:
MICHAEL: I, he...
MS. KLUGH: Did he have any illnesses growing up? Headaches? Fainting spells?
MICHAEL: What? No! I don't -- I wasn't there. He was half way around the world. Why are you asking me all these questions?
MS. KLUGH: Did Walt ever appear in a place he wasn't supposed to be? You say he was half way around the world -- did you see him?
We are told that Jacob wanted him on the island. We see him luring an Australian bronze cuckoo to its death. We know that he's the one the Others wanted to take from the raft:
MR. FRIENDLY: Just sit down, Jack. Nobody's going to hurt you. I come in peace.But why? Why did Walt seem to understand the island so soon? Why did he warn Locke about opening the hatch before Walt knew it existed? Why did he appear to both Locke and Shannon as a vision? What is the nature of his gift? Of all the unanswered questions, it is the disappearance of Walt from the final story which frustrates me the most. Clearly, there was at one point a plan for Walt, but it certainly seems to have been abandoned. A nudge towards an answer to all this is something I'd like Sunday night to complete the series.
LOCKE: How do you know our names? [Mr. Friendly just smiles.]
JACK: You took Walt.
MR. FRIENDLY: Walt's fine. He's a very special boy.
The thing is, we're going to have to take the boy.