Starting a couple weeks before "Eggtown" aired, my blog started getting Google hits looking for "Lost Aaron Theory" thanks to this joke post I put up several months ago in regards to Aaron's casting. But now that we know Aaron gets off the island, I guess the question becomes what makes him so special on the show?
There are three main points we have to consider in dealing with Aaron:
1) He must be raised by Claire, if Richard Malkin is to be believed
2) The fact the Others wanted him
3) He's Jack's half-nephew (and Christian Shepherd's grandson)
There's also Charlie's weird dream about him having to be baptized, but considering that episode was one of the worst of the entire show, I'm just going to pretend it never happened. =)
But which of the other three points are important and/or true? I've been trying to wrap my brain around this for a while, but there really isn't a scenario I can find where all three of the things are important and make sense together.
I posited a while ago that Richard Malkin was indeed a fraud and actually hired by Christian Shepherd to keep his daughter from giving up his grandson for adoption. He made up a phony story to try and scare Claire into not giving Aaron away and the family in L.A. that Claire was supposed to meet was actually either Christian's wife or some other relative.
But what if the psychic was actually a psychic (and/or a course-corrector) and put Claire on the plane because he knew it could crash on the island? This would mean Aaron would likely have a special purpose for being on the island and that Malkin was telling the truth when he told Claire that she and she alone should raise Aaron. This would not bode exceptionally well for either Aaron or Kate in the future (or Claire, of course). Furthermore, the final spectacular episode of "Missing Pieces" seems to suggest Jack has as much of a destiny on the island as Locke (or Ben) does. And if Jack has a special connection to the island, does his nephew as well?
And then there's the question of what the Others specifically wanted with Aaron. Claire conceived off-island, so there was really no worry about giving birth. Now the scientist part of me thinks that because of this Aaron would have been of limited use to the Others' research. However, we do know from Juliet's flashbacks that Ben told Juliet there might be some pregnant women on the plane she can "use." So how could Juliet use Claire? The shots Ethan injected her with were probably just to put in the implant that Ben activated in "One of Us." But they still wanted to cut Aaron out of Claire, kill her and raise him themselves. To me this seems kind of bizarre - what would this have told them, especially if they knew that people who gave birth off-island are fine? It seems that the Others wanted Aaron for some other reason than just research. Now Ben certainly would have known that Aaron was Jack's nephew, so could he have wanted Aaron for that reason. Was Aaron on Jacob's original list?
There's also the possibility of Ben and the Others wanting Aaron because he's simply a kid, an innocent "good person." Maybe Ben needs someone new to manipulate the "magic box?" Walt didn't work out because he was "more then they could handle." But if Aaron is really special, then maybe he would out better than Walt would.
I guess it all comes down to whether you think Richard Malkin is a true psychic and course corrector or a fraud hired by Christian Shepherd. To me, the latter is more plausible but the former is more appealing in terms of the show. And even if it is the latter, there still could be a sort of middle ground - think of it as the Sybill Trelawney theory - where Malkin is a fraud who actually had one true vision in his life (maybe in the form of a visit from an actual course corrector).
But the bottom line here is that Aaron may very well be one of the ultimate keys to the show. What do you think? Is Malkin a fraud or real and what do the Others want with him? And if Claire is killed (maybe even this week) forcing Aaron to be raised by another, what will happen? Personally, I'm hoping he grows up to become Galactus. Hey, maybe he'll eat Kate in his awkward teenage years. =)