After the Emmy-winning Watchmen TV series, who knows what writer Damon Lindelof will do next? Whatever it is, we're guessing that it will involve a surprise twist in which a character no longer needs a wheelchair. We couldn't help but notice this oddly specific trend in much of Lindelof's work, beginning with Lost, the hit ABC series about a mysterious tropical island filled with monsters, underground bunkers, and improbably hot plane crash survivors. In one of the show's most memorable twists, we learn that the hairless, boar-hunting John Locke used to be in a wheelchair. But now he is suddenly able to strut around the beach thanks to the island's magical healing mojo.
Then in his follow-up series The Leftovers (basically a depressing, prestige cable version of Lost), Lindelof again featured a character magically ditching a wheelchair. Rev. Matt Jamison's wife, Mary, is in a vegetative state for almost the entirety of the show, but she is miraculously cured during an earthquake at the end of the second season.
Then, again, in Watchmen, we meet a character who is wheelchair-bound: Angela's grandfather Will, played by the legendary Lou Gossett Jr.
We later learn that Will was the original masked hero, Hooded Justice. And in a twist that was probably a huge surprise if you hadn't seen Lost or The Leftovers, it turns out he doesn't actually need a wheelchair. Presumably, Will just fakes a disability for the purposes of psychological manipulation, like a certain deranged candy factory magnate.
So what's next for Lindelof? An offensively inaccurate FDR biopic, perhaps? Or maybe he'll scrap these wheelchair-based fake-outs and go back to the "someone saves the day with their magical blood" well.
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