I was spoiled about who was going to go. (The person I intially thought it was going to be, Sun, wasn't even in this episode.) If I hadn't known, I think I would have been devastated. As it is, I'm just ... numb. I can't believe they left it to the last second. I was also misled because some of those promo shots (Jack in the rain, for example), weren't even in this ep so ... and that's kind of irrelevant...
I hadn't known exactly how it would happen but it soon became clear once I realized they were in the same part of the jungle and both in earshot of The Others. *takes a moment to decompress* Man, telling someone you love them is ALWAYS the kiss of death on TV. FUCK. Did Walt lead Shannon to her death? O__O Is it really Walt or some island manifestation, like Jack's dad, who also led him over a cliff. (But also to water.) Was Walt just leading Shannon to find Sawyer and the others?
I actually am not hating any of the characters right now. OK, Michael still needs to STFU instead of demanding they stop and explain things to him. Take it on faith not to go shouting your mouth off in the jungle, you big dumb idiot. But he and Jin both came through for Sawyer and guh - Sawyer feeling bad for leaving Michael behind killed me.
I actually got more choked up at seeing Boone again and how sweet he and Shannon used to be together, than at her death. It wasn't as drawn out as DNH. It was just -- SHOCK, dead. I expect to be mad later because I did NOT want her to go but right now I'm kind of just absorbing it all.
I AM mad right now that they're leaving Sawyer's fate up in the air for another two weeks. And WTF - the Tailies episode is an extended one? Goddamn, they're in love with their new characters aren't they? *sigh* I guess they like their new toys so much so that they don't mind ignoring and sacrificing their existing ones. *seethes*
I still don't see why Shannon had to go, since Boone was already gone and it seems to make more sense to split up a couple. But now she and Sayid really were a couple (and I kind of went "awww" over their scenes together, even though I really don't ship them at all). So now he'll be hellbent for revenge against Ana-Lucia, which is a very interesting dynamic. I don't really see her going over big with any of the Fuselage castaways before this, but now - not at all. Does this mean we get Jack defending her? The thought makes my stomach hurt. :-( Where will his sympathies lie - for justice, or revenge?
But, really -- she kind of can't be blamed for Shannon's death. Gah. I can't believe I said that. As for Sawyer, she's bitching and moaning but she's not stopping them from saving him. If it were just up to her, he would have been left behind, no question. She's Darwin in action. Sawyer is wounded and likely to die and saving him at the risk of their own lives *is* a gamble. And she'd rather defend her own than some new guy.
I ... need to go off and think some more.
Before this ep aired I was in such nervous anticipation and dread, like that horrible, leaden walk you take over to your boyfriend's house when you're going to break up with him. URGH.
Sawyer aside, I'm also mad we're also being denied reaction to what just happened. If I wasn't predisposed to dislike the Tailes, that alone would tilt me in that direction. I want to see where this is going to go, what the repercussions of losing Shannon will be. I think we'll see Sayid finally get a decent storyline. He's going to regret not going after Locke, I think, since that's what Shannon would have wanted. I think he's going to be an extreme loose cannon now, if he doesn't just beat the hell out of Ana-Lucia first. But with The Others on their heels and Sawyer needing urgent care, I think he'll have to put his revenge on the backburner for now.
OK, I'm off.
ETA: Ok, I'm starting to cry now, thinking of Boone and Shannon's graves sitting side by side. I'm getting all sappy now, thinking of them together in death. :-(