Where did the others come from in Lost?

Answered by John Hunt

The Others in Lost originated from a group of people who were already living on the island before the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. They were initially led by Richard Alpert, a mysterious and ageless man who seemed to possess special knowledge and abilities. The origins of the Others and their connection to the island were gradually revealed throughout the series.

One significant reveal was that the Others’ camp and supplies were actually taken over from the U.S. Army. It was during the 1950s when soldiers came to the island to test a nuclear bomb known as “Jughead.” This event, known as the Incident, had far-reaching consequences for the island and its inhabitants.

At the time of the Incident, a young Charles Widmore and Eloise Hawking were members of the Others. Charles Widmore eventually became a prominent figure in the story, as he later became the leader of the Others. Eloise Hawking, on the other hand, played a crucial role in guiding the survivors of Flight 815 and manipulating the timeline.

The Others’ camp, which included their clothes, weapons, and other supplies, was likely left behind by the U.S. Army after the testing of Jughead. The Others, being resourceful and adaptive, made use of these materials to establish their own community on the island. They also developed their own unique culture, traditions, and rules, which were enforced by their leaders, such as Charles Widmore and later Benjamin Linus.

It is worth noting that the Others were not the only group on the island. The survivors of Flight 815, who became known as the “Losties,” also encountered various other groups, such as the Tailies (survivors from the tail section of the plane), the Dharma Initiative (a scientific research group), and the Man in Black (a mysterious entity with shape-shifting abilities).

The origin of the Others can be traced back to the U.S. Army’s presence on the island during the 1950s. Their camp and supplies were inherited from this time, and they developed their own unique society and leadership over the years. The Others’ story arc in Lost is intricately woven into the larger narrative of the island and its mysteries.