The Shape of Things to Come

April 24, 2008
Ben Linus
Alternate timeline
Written by
Brian K. Vaughan and Drew Goddard
Directed by
Jack Bender
Guest starring
Sam Anderson as Bernard Nadler
Tania Raymonde as Alexandra Rousseau
Alan Dale as Charles Widmore
Marc Vann as Ray
Kevin Durand as Martin Keamy
Yetide Badaki as desk clerk
Kaveh Kardan as merchant
Faran Tahir as Ishmael Bakir
Sean Douglas Hoban as Doug

The Shape of Things to Come is the ninth episode of season 4 of Lost. Ben Linus is featured in the episode's flashforwards.

ABC press release

Locke's camp comes under attack, and Jack tries to discover the identity of a body that has washed ashore.

Former spoilers and rumors

  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): Ray's death has time travel implications.
    • TRUE
  • Damon Lindelof (Spoiler source): When the Monster returns in this episode, we will find out who controls it. We will learn something new about it.
    • TRUE, we learn Ben can summon it.
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): Three minor characters die in the first 15 minutes. A "major" character is shot in the head execution-style.
    • TRUE, Alex is killed.
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): Hurley will encounter the Monster, and we will see a "new dimension" of it.
    • TRUE
  • Michael Ausiello (TV Guide columnist): There is a "spectacular death" in this episode which may involve the Monster.
    • TRUE
  • Damon Lindelof (Co-creator, writer), Jorge Garcia (Hurley): The monster will appear again this season.
    • TRUE,
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): The body that washes ashore is Ray.
    • TRUE
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): We will find out why Sayid is working for Ben.
    • TRUE
  • Ryan Ozawa (Hawaii resident, spoiler source): Scenes of Sayid at Nadia's funeral were filmed. Ben was seen as well.
    • TRUE
  • DarkUFO (Spoiler source): A scene was spotted being filmed in which military-painted men with machine guns burned a house in the Barracks.
    • TRUE
  • Secretagentman (Spoiler source): Features a charming but menacing Middle Eastern man named Bakir. Many other Middle Eastern and Tunisian characters are being cast for this episode.
    • TRUE
Season 4 episodes covered by the Lost Spoilers Wiki
The Beginning of the EndConfirmed DeadThe EconomistEggtownThe ConstantThe Other WomanJi YeonMeet Kevin JohnsonThe Shape of Things to ComeSomething Nice Back HomeCabin FeverThere's No Place Like Home, Part 1There's No Place Like Home, Part 2 (Finale)
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