There's a scene midway through Jaws where Richard Dreyfuss' character Matt Hooper is looking for Rob Schnider's Police Chief. He arrives in bedlam as hordes of fishermen have decended on Amity Island to claim a $3,000 reward for catching the shark.
Hopper runs into the Chief amid the chaos who enlists his help in trying to stop eight fishermen from piling into a tiny motorboat. Hooper tells them they're overloading it, but they casually brush him away.
Dreyfuss then, with a masterfully sarcastic delivery, utters one of my favorite lines in all of moviedom:
"Hahahahahahah! They're all gonna die!"
Since Lost has such a penchant for killing off characters, regardless of their popularity (see Eko, Mr.), I'm kinda wondering who's going to kick the bucket next season. We know Jack and Kate make it off the island, but everyone else is squarely in the crosshairs.
Here are my top five candidates for horrible island death (with odds):
1. Michael (even) - The most hated man on the island returns. With all those weapons around, don't you think someone's going to take some revenge? Maybe Dave will get Hurley to do something way of out character for him. Maybe the Monster will make him pay for his sins.
Either way, I bet he'll be screaming at the end.
2. Rose/Bernard (2:1) - I'm shocked, shocked I tell you that one of them didn't die in the finale. They are actually the perfect candidates: They'd create a huge emotional response, but it really wouldn't overly affect the show since they're so minor. Plus, Rose's cancer could easily make a return allowing for a death scene with a weepy Bernard. Book it - one of them won't make it off the island.
3. Jin (5:1) - Many of the main characters have already had their complete stories told, so they're pretty much fair game for the writers' sickle. Sun already has a date with death in Season 6 unless the Losties figure out why pregnant women die midway through, so that leaves Jin as odd man out here. He's one of the the more likely of the main characters to die, his death would have an incredible emotional impact and it would create a lingering plot point with Sun. Of the remaining first season Losties, I think Jin's the most likely to go.
4. Sayid (10:1) - On the other hand, there's Sayid. His story isn't fully told (what happened to him in Basra), he's extremely popular and his military/electronic/torturing abilities has made him an excellent deus ex machina for the writers. Losties in a tight spot? No problem! Sayid to the rescue.
However, because Naveen Andrews has such a budding film career, I think he make make a date with death himself; if he's killed, it's because he asked the writers for out. But if he goes, he's definitely going down in a blaze of glory. No going gentle for this English gent.
5. Danielle (25:1) - We know we're supposed to get her story this season and, if we do, I can see her being offed once her story's been told. She's been reunited with Alex and would likely do anything to protect her now. I'm betting she dies saving Alex's life.
Honorable Mentions, in order of death likeliness (and why they won't end up dying)
1. Claire - Partially because Jack doesn't know she's his half-sister yet. But mostly because them someone else would have to take care of Aaron all the time (and Christian Shepherd's grandson ain't going nowhere). Locke has no time for babysitting.
2. Hurley - You can't kill the funny guy. That's just lame, dude.
3. Sawyer - They'd lose 95% of their female audience
4. Desmond - They'd lose the other five percent. Besides, he can see it coming.
5. Sun - Too important a plot point
6. Juliet - Ditto. Besides we haven't seen her whole story yet
7. Ben - Because I'd hunt down the writers and kill them.
8. Richard - Too new a character to kill. Besides, he's got some killer eyeshadow.
9. Locke - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. To think some people thought he was dead last season. Locke will be here until the end.
10. Vincent - Since he's the evil mastermind of the island, he's not going anywhere.
Who do you think's going to die in Season 4? Everyone? No one? Just the new guys? Discuss?