Season: 1–6, Episodes: 98, Faction: Survivors/MIB
Sayid Hassan Jarrah (Arabic:سعيد جراح) was a middle section survivor of Oceanic Flight 815 and a former Iraqi Republican Guard torturer. A courageous man and a competent leader, Sayid maintained a conservative manner which reflected strength and spirituality.
Sayid spent much of his adult life searching for his love, Nadia, and trying to atone for his past. On the Island, his skills and leadership played a key role in his group’s survival. Sayid worked to find the source of a distress signal and met the woman who sent it out. He developed a relationship with Shannon, another survivor, and was devastated by her accidental death. Sayid proved very useful in the survivors’ fight against the Others, first interrogating one that they trapped and later helping Kate and Locke rescue Jack.
Sayid was one of the six who escaped the Island. He reunited with Nadia, but when a hit-and-run driver killed her, Sayid joined Ben as a hitman against Widmore to avenge her. Afterward, he did charity work in the Dominican Republic, but Ilana forced him aboard Ajira Airways Flight 316, returning him to the Island. Sayid found himself in 1977, where the DHARMA Initiative captured him, believing him a Hostile. He escaped and unsuccessfully tried to kill young Ben, whose father then shot him. After he returned to 2007, he died, but the Man in Black resurrected him and recruited him to his side. After this, Sayid lived in the Man in Black’s group in an almost blank state. After speaking with Desmond, he broke out of this state, and was later redeemed when he sacrificed himself aboard Widmore’s submarine, exploding while carrying the Man in Black’s bomb.
In the flash-sideways, he was reunited with his island lover, Shannon Rutherford and along with their friends, they moved on.
4×01 – The Beginning of the End
Desmond told Sayid what Charlie had learned in the Looking Glass, and Sayid warned against calling Jack in case their “rescuers” monitored their communications. They met Locke on the way to Jack, and Sayid confronted him about blowing up the sub, but when Jack attacked him for killing Naomi, Sayid separated the two. (“The Beginning of the End”)
4×02 – Confirmed Dead
Despite mistrusting the rescuers, he stayed with Jack’s group when the survivors split, where he gathered guns with Juliet. The two fired shots at Miles Straume and Daniel Faraday, who were holding Jack and Kate, and Sayid informally interrogated them. The group found Frank Lapidus and his helicopter, and Sayid declared the aircraft fit to fly. (“Confirmed Dead”)
4×03 – The Economist
Sayid offered to retrieve Charlotte from Locke’s group in exchange for a place on the helicopter. Miles and Kate went with him. He went to the Barracks with Miles and Kate and found Hurley tied up in a closet, where Locke had left his as bait. Sayid discovered Ben’s secret room then left, and Locke captured him. Sayid offered Miles in exchange for Charlotte then returned to the helicopter and left with Frank, Desmond, and Naomi’s body. (“The Economist”)
4×05 – The Constant
Desmond’s consciousness began traveling through time, and Sayid calmed him and contacted the Island. The crew locked the pair in a room, but they escaped, and Sayid repaired sabotaged radio equipment so Desmond could call his girlfriend and anchor his consciousness. (“The Constant”)
4×08 – Meet Kevin Johnson
Desmond and Sayid spent time again confined before meeting the Captain then encountered Michael, who wasusing the alias “Kevin Johnson”. Sayid initially withheld Michael’s identity and confronted him in private, but he outed him to the Captain after hearing his full story. (“Meet Kevin Johnson”)
4×11 – Cabin Fever
Keamy’s men returned, and Sayid, knowing they planned to kill those on the island, boarded a raft to ferry people to the boat. (“Cabin Fever”)
On the island though, he handed the raft to Daniel and pursued Jack and Sawyer, who were chasing the helicopter. Richard Alpert and some Others captured him and Kate at gunpoint. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
Richard agreed to let them leave the island if they helped rescue Ben. After ambushing Keamy’s team, Sayid tackled and fought Keamy until Richard gunned him down.
Sayid and Kate found Sawyer, Jack, Hurley and Frank at the helicopter and they flew to the Kahana, where they refueled and patched a leak before taking off again. The Kahana exploded, and they turned back to the island, but it vanished. Sayid tossed out an inflatable life raft, and they crashed into the ocean. They drifted till they reached a boat. A week later, they paddled the raft to the island of Sumba. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3”)
After leaving the Island
After leaving the Island, Sayid became a member of the group known as the Oceanic Six.
Nadia found him after their conference and the two later married. The couple attended Hurley’s surprise birthday party and Christian Shephard’s funeral service. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
5×16 – The Incident, Part 1
After nine months – described later by Sayid as the happiest time in his life – they were walking in Los Angeles, discussing their upcoming anniversary, when a man asked Sayid for directions. Nadia crossed the street and was hit by a car. (“The Incident, Part 1”)
4×09 – The Shape of Things to Come
Five days later, Sayid held her funeral in Iraq and caught Ben spying on him. Ben said one of Widmore’s men killed Nadia, and Sayid later found him holding Ben at gunpoint and killed him. Seeking further revenge, Sayid asked for other victims. (“The Shape of Things to Come”)