Season: 1–2, Episodes: 33, Faction: Survivors
Walter Lloyd, more commonly referred to as Walt, is one of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 and the son of Michael Dawson. People have noticed something “special” about Walt throughout his life, and he seems to have psychic powers of some sort. Walt was separated from his father as a baby and spent his early childhood living with his mother and stepfather. After the death of his mother when he was ten, Michael became Walt’s guardian shortly before the crash of Flight 815. On the Island, he had trouble getting along with Michael, even burning down his father’s first attempt at building a raft to get off the island, but they eventually bonded during their time on the Island. Walt later left the Island on the raft with Michael, Jin, and Sawyer to search for rescue. However, while they were out at sea, they were attacked by the Others and he was kidnapped.
He was eventually returned to his father in a prisoner exchange for Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and he and Michael left the Island on a motor boat. Since leaving the Island, Walt became estranged from his father and went to live with his grandmother in New York. When the Oceanic Six returned to the mainland, none of them visited him, in fear of blowing their cover. Instead, three years later, Walt was visited by Locke under his alias of Jeremy Bentham, and in turn he visited Hurley to question their cover story. Locke told Walt that he had last heard that his father was on a freighter near the Island, keeping the knowledge of his father’s death from him. Eventually, Walt set off to return to the island with Hurley and Ben.
Separation from Michael
1×14 – Special
Walt, born August 24, 1994, is the 10-year-old son of Michael Dawson and Susan Lloyd, a law student. His mother Susan rejected marriage with Michael, who was at that time a construction worker and struggling artist. While Walt was still a baby, Susan accepted a job offer at Plum International, and moved to Amsterdam, taking Walt with her.
Two weeks before Walt’s second birthday, Susan returned to New York, after Michael was hit by a car, which occurred right after an argument the two had on a public pay phone. Susan updated him about her and Walt’s life, and revealed that she is planning on marrying her boss. She also said that the three of them would be moving to Rome, Italy, at the end of the month. Susan asked Michael the unthinkable – to give up his parental rights to Brian Porter, who would adopt him. Michael refused, and a legal battle began between the two, as Michael hoped he could get his son back. (“Special”)
2×02 – Adrift
During the process, Michael became worried about his chances of winning against Susan and dropped the lawsuit after Susan convinced him that she and Brian could give Walt a better life. Susan brought Walt to New York, where he reunited with his father. The two-year-old boy hugged his emotional father, who gave him a stuffed polar bear. Michael believed that this would be the last time he would see his son. (“Adrift”)
Reunion with his father
1×14 – Special
Eight years later, Brian tracked down Michael in New York, and told him that they had moved to Australia and whilst there, Susan had died of a “blood disorder”. Brian arrived in New York the day after Susan’s death. He pleaded with Michael to take custody of Walt once more, and gave him tickets for the flight to Sydney and back, plus extra money for travel expenses. Brian had never wanted to be a father, and had only adopted Walt to appease Susan. Brian also admitted that he was afraid of Walt, saying: “There’s something about him. Sometimes, when he’s around, things happen. He’s different somehow.”
One thing that made Brian suspect Walt was “different” happened shortly before his mother Susan’s death. As Brian and Susan were discussing her recently diagnosed illness, Walt was studying a book of Australian native birds, seemingly oblivious to the conversation happening in the room. He wanted Brian to look at the entry for the Australian Bronze cuckoo.
When Brian ignored him, Walt became angry and insistent, demanding “You’re not looking!” Suddenly a bird slammed into the sliding glass door, killing itself on impact. It was an Australian Bronze Cuckoo.
Walt’s best friend is Brian’s Labrador Retriever, Vincent, because he is the only one Walt feels comfortable talking to. When Michael picked up Walt, Michael told Walt that Brian said that he could keep Vincent, and that it was Michael’s choice to take custody of him because Brian really wanted to remain Walt’s father. In fact, Michael took Vincent without Brian’s permission, and Brian did not wish to have custody of Walt any longer. (“Special”)
1×23 – Exodus, Part 1
From the beginning of their newly formed relationship, Walt resented Michael. On the morning of their flight back to LA, Walt woke up at 5:23 am, in their hotel room and turned the TV on, to the TV show, Power Rangers S.P.D.. Michael asked Walt to keep the volume on low, so Walt antagonistically increased the volume. When Michael turned it off, Walt stormed out of the room with Vincent, screaming that Michael was not his father, and almost made it to the elevator before Michael grabbed him. (“Exodus, Part 1”)
1×24 – Exodus, Part 2
At the airport the following day, Michael began questioning if he could be a father to his son and made a call to his mother asking her to care for Walt – even offering her money for it. Having hung up, Michael noticed that Walt was beside him – having heard the conversation.
The estranged father and son then boarded the doomed plane and crashed on the Island. (“Exodus, Part 2”)
On the Island (Days 1-44)
1×01 – Pilot, Part 1
After the crash, Michael struggled to find Walt and desperately called for him, worried for his safety. He found Walt later and the two remained together and were among the group who discussed what to do with the bodies (with Hurley attempting to sugarcoat the danger of the situation to Walt, in vain.) At first sight, Michael and Walt seemed like any father and son, possibly drawn together now that they were living with strangers, but over time the cracks in their relationship started to show. (“Pilot, Part 1”)
1×02 – Pilot, Part 2
The first instance of this was seen on the second day on the Island when Walt walked into the jungle to look for his missing dog Vincent. What he did find, however, was a set of handcuffs but his curiosity was interrupted by Michael eventually finding him. The furious father scolded him, but couldn’t help hide his own intrigue. Back at the beach, Walt approached the mysterious John Locke who invited him to play backgammon. The two formed an unlikely friendship when Locke told Walt of the miracle that had occurred – John Locke regaining his ability to walk. After being asked why he didn’t have an Australian accent (Locke had asked where he came from), Walt revealed that he moved a lot growing up. (“Pilot, Part 2”)
1×03 – Tabula Rasa
Walt and Michael became further distanced by Walt’s desire to find Vincent, culminating in an argument in which Michael was goaded into agreeing to find the dog when the rain stopped (which it curiously did as soon as he said it, indicating Walt made the rain stop.) In the end, however, it was John Locke, of whom Michael was skeptical, that found the dog but he gave him to Michael to give to Walt so they could build a relationship. (“Tabula Rasa”)
1×04 – Walkabout | 1×05 – White Rabbit
When Michael went on a boar hunt and came back injured, their bond seemed to grow as Walt expressed worry for his father. (“Walkabout”) (“White Rabbit”)
1×06 – House of the Rising Sun
A few days later, Walt was present when Jin attacked his father over the Rolex watch and pleaded with Sun to stop Jin before he killed Michael. After Michael recovered from the attack, Walt had seemingly started to want Michael to become a part of his life and took interest in him – asking when his birthday is. (“House of the Rising Sun”)
1×07 – The Moth
Michael and Walt both decided to take residence at the caves. (“The Moth”)
1×09 – Solitary
Michael’s parenthood was still questionable and this was demonstrated after Hurley created the golf course. Michael initially left Walt at the caves and when Walt arrived at the course, Michael left his son to take part in the tournament leaving Walt to walk back to the caves himself. This isolation inspired Walt to get closer to John Locke. (“Solitary”)
The bond the two formed was displayed by Walt’s desire to join John on his search for Charlie and Claire. (“All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues”)
1×14 – Special
Walt’s friendship with Locke worried Michael greatly, but more so when he discovered Locke was teaching his son how to throw knives (with Walt showing unusual natural proficiency.) When Michael found them, despite Locke commenting on Walt being different, Michael warned him to stay away from Walt. In a bid to bond with Walt and have the same relationship with him as John did, Michael tried to engage him in building a raft together (with Michael refusing to let Walt grow up on the Island. However, when Walt spotted Locke and Boone walking into the jungle he escaped Michael’s supervision and followed them. Locke told Walt that it was important that he helped his father and the two spent time together but, when Michael found them, a confrontation occurred in which Walt said that Michael wasn’t his father because he hadn’t been there all his life.
Enraged, Walt took off into the jungle with Vincent. Michael initially went to find Locke but, finding Walt wasn’t with him, his only choice was to ask for Locke’s help in finding his son. In the jungle, Walt encountered a polar bear and, after Vincent ran away, found himself in real danger. He ran in between vines and tree stumps to protect himself, but Locke and Michael found him and managed to work together to save the boy. This seemed to bring Michael and Walt closer than they had been before and Michael finally showed Walt the box of all the letters that Susan had kept from him. (“Special”)
1×17 – …In Translation
As the completion of the raft drew nearer Walt, like John, found himself not wanting to leave the Island (understanding how special it really was) and so he set the raft ablaze. While the main suspicions fell to Jin, Locke knew it was Walt and the two agreed they didn’t want to leave because they liked the Island. Despite knowing this, Locke protected Walt by insinuating that the Others were behind the raft burning. (“…In Translation”)
1×22 – Born to Run
After Boone’s death, Walt’s opinions of his friend John changed and he stopped talking to him. Instead, he focused his attentions on his father and building the raft. However, when Michael fell ill just before the raft was supposed to be launched, Jack suspected foul play. Walt, however, wanted Locke to know that he didn’t poison Michael (thinking Locke may suspect it after he burned the raft). When Locke grabbed his arm, Walt ominously told him to not “open that thing” – despite having no previous knowledge of the discovery of the hatch. After Michael recovered from his poisoning, Walt finally told him that he burned the raft. Michael asked if he wanted to stay on the Island but a changed Walt said that they “need to go”. (“Born to Run”)
1×23 – Exodus, Part 1
The day that the raft was intended the launch, Walt, having woken first and gone into the woods to relieve himself, spotted Danielle Rousseau arriving in the camp, and bringing with her a dire warning of the Others imminent arrival in camp and recalled that the day her own child was kidnapped, she saw a pillar of black smoke. Despite much skepticism about Rousseau’s warning, it was Walt who noticed a pillar of smoke in the distance, implying some truth in the French woman’s warning. With the raft fully prepared, Walt made the valiant gesture of leaving Vincent in the care of Shannon to make up for her loosing her brother. He told her that Vincent helped him when his mother died, and he could do the same for her. When the raft was eventually launched, Vincent attempted to follow Walt but eventually returned to Shannon when the raft sailed too far out. (“Exodus, Part 1”)
1×24 – Exodus, Part 2
Onboard the raft with Michael, Jin and Sawyer, Walt showed more concern for the survivors they left behind than for their own personal salvation. Most of all, however, Walt displayed his repaired relationship with his father – with Michael teaching him how to sail the raft. Walt took this opportunity to question his father over his separation from Susan and Michael told him that Susan thought it was best for Walt that they didn’t see each other. Walt responded simply with “She was wrong.”
1×25 – Exodus, Part 3
As night fell, the raft encountered a small fishing boat but their jubilation was short lived when the boat’s captain ominously demanded they hand over the boy. It became apparent that they had encountered the Others, as they kidnapped Walt and blew up the raft (thus creating the realization that Rousseau’s warning about the Others wanting the boy referred to Walt, not Aaron.) With Walt with the Others and Michael adrift in the ocean, father and son were once again separated. (“Exodus, Part 3”)
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(Sokar) Soker is depicted either as a hawk-headed man, sometimes mummiform, or as a hawk, particularly enshrined in his elaborate henu bark, which features prominently in many of the texts which speak of Sokar. This boat, one end of which is in the shape of a backward-turning oryx head (perhaps as a desert-roaming animal, see below), rests upon runners, and has in its center a funerary chest or an earthen funerary mound from which the head of a hawk emerges or upon which a hawk is perched. Sometimes a bull’s head with a leash can be seen facing forward behind the oryx head, and a tilapia fish and six small falcons may appear behind the prow. Sokar is strongly associated with the Memphite necropolis, of which a portion—Saqqara—still recalls his name, and with the resurrection and the afterlife generally, and with the desert and the subterranean world. He is also a patron of crafts, especially metalworking. Sokar’s cult is thoroughly intertwined with those of Ptah and Osiris, the fusion forms Sokar-Osiris and Ptah-Sokar being popular, as well as the triune fusion deity Ptah-Sokar-Osiris. Ptah-Sokar-Osiris is typically depicted as a mummiform man and a hawk facing one another atop a pedestal, or as a hawk atop a pedestal from which a serpent emerges. Amuletic images of Ptah as a dwarf are also frequently characterized as Ptah-Sokar-Osiris. Sokar was at the center of an important and popular festival held in the fourth month of the season of Akhet, on the eve of the winter sowing. Despite the extensive ‘Osirianization’ of Sokar’s cult, he differs clearly from Osiris in that Sokar is native to the realm of the dead and its master, while Osiris experiences death and achieves identification with Sokar by virtue of his victory over it.
In PT utterances 364, 645, and 647, Horus lifting up Osiris is compared to the henu boat bearing Sokar, and in PT utterance 610 it is stated that Horus “made a spirit of his father as Ha, as Min, and as Sokar.” In other passages from the Pyramid Texts Sokar is charged with purifying the deceased (PT utterance 479), or as a representative of the deceased, as in PT utterance 566, which asks of Thoth to “ferry me over … on the tip of your wing as Sokar who presides over the Bark of Righteousness,” which is not the henu bark but the boat of ma’ety, lit. ‘the (two) Ma’ets’, a name usually given to a vehicle of Re‘s—an early indication of the ‘solarization’ of Sokar (compare the reference, from a funerary stele, to Re “journeying in the bark of Sokar,” (Gaballa and Kitchen, 60). Other instances of identification of the deceased with Sokar are in PT utterance 483, where the “watchers of Nekhen [Hierakonpolis in Upper Egypt] ennoble him as Sokar” and in CT spell 941 where the deceased says that he has awakened as the “son of Sokar.” BD spell 94 has the deceased affirm, “I have purified myself while I tarried with Sokar,” i.e., in the necropolis. PT utterance 669 consists of a dialogue between Nun and Isis concerning the emergence of the deceased king from an egg in which he resides as yet unformed. Isis states that the henu boat shall be brought for the deceased and he shall be lifted up into it, and that Sokar shall break open the egg with a harpoon of his own fashioning, releasing the king to fly up to the sky. In CT spell 816, the iron instrument used in the ‘Opening of the Mouth’ ceremony (see under Anubis) is said to be “the iron … which Sokar spiritualized in Ôn … the iron which Sokar raised on high in the name of the Great One in Ôn.” There are references to iron in PT utterance 669 as well, which, albeit enigmatic, might serve to link these two texts. In a spell to charge a medicine (no. 73 in Borghouts), the drinking of the medicine is linked to the ‘Opening of the Mouth’ ritual, the spell saying “Your mouth will be opened up by Ptah, your mouth will be disclosed by Sokar with that chisel of bronze of his.” Sokar’s craftsmanship, mentioned in the fashioning of the harpoon in PT utterance 669, is also evident in CT spell 590, which speaks of a “gold collar of Sokar,” given to Osiris by Horus, fashioned at the command of Re, with funds dispensed to Thoth and “the craftsmen of Sokar being assembled.” CT spell 173 refers to being “shod with the sandals of Sokar,” which assists the deceased to not have to live on corruption. BD spell 74, “for hastening the feet and ascending from the earth,” appeals to Sokar to “do thou what thou doest, O Sokar, Sokar in his house, who is at the steps in the God’s domain,” the deceased complaining that s/he “ascend[s] to the sky … so wearily,” and walks “so wearily on the shores of them whose speech has been taken away in the God’s domain.” In CT spell 398, the netherworld ferry-boat is to be assembled “in company with Sokar, Lord of the henu bark.” CT spell 275, for “Assuming all forms in the realm of the dead,” states that the deceased “has overturned Osiris from his throne on the day of the Festival of Sokar,” while CT spell 419 salutes Osiris and the deceased alike (or in identification) “in your happy day of the festival of Sokar,” on which see below, as well as the reference to it as one of the “six festivals of eternity” for the spiritualized deceased in CT spell 557. Sokar occurs in CT spell 479, part of the genre of spells for escaping the ‘nets’ of the netherworld fishermen who fish for souls, but the specific formulae refer back to the context of spells for providing fresh food and water for the deceased, i.e., the spells for preventing ‘walking upside down’ or ‘eating excrement’, and Sokar is closely involved in provisioning the “Mansion among the waters” for the deceased in CT spell 571. This is presumably because Sokar, as lord of the necropolis, dispenses the offerings made to the dead.
During the fourth and fifth hours of the Amduat book, which recounts the solar boat’s nocturnal journey through the netherworld, the boat traverses Rostau, the “Land of Sokar who is upon his sand,” a desert through which the solar boat travels by transforming itself into a double-headed serpent which lights the way through the otherwise impenetrable darkness by breathing fire. Sokar himself is shown with Thoth at the center of the fourth hour, protecting the solar eye, which is separated from the boat itself as a symbol of the darkness, and to convey that the realm of Sokar is actually distant from the path travelled by the boat, the site of separate but parallel events. This is more fully revealed in the next hour. At the center of the fifth hour, which is identified with a different region of the netherworld, namely Amenti, or ‘the Western Land’, beneath the burial mound of Osiris, deep in the earth, Sokar is depicted standing on the back of a three-headed, multicolored winged serpent, representing the energy imparted to the underworld by the passage of the solar boat through the night, energy which Sokar harnesses to operate the mystery of the resurrection.
The festival of Sokar was on day 26 of 4th Akhet. On the 25th, participants tied garlands of onions at their necks and followed Sokar’s cult statue in procession within the temple precincts. Garlands of onions were also worn that night, and onions were offered at tomb chapels. The onions “can represent the gift to, and receipt by, the dead of all manner of garden-vegetables,” (Gaballa and Kitchen, 54). Participants probably kept a vigil till dawn. Then on the 26th came the ritual of “following Sokar when he goes round the Walls,” (ibid., 46) a circuit of the old city walls of Memphis by the cult statue of Sokar in the henu boat on a sledge. While in theory the boat was dragged on its sledge, in practice it was carried upon the shoulders of as many as sixteen priests. A symbol of Nefertum led the way before Sokar; an address to Nefertum from Abydos says to him, “thou givest thy hands to Sokar in the henu bark,” (ibid. 59). Participation in the Sokar festival is mentioned often in the afterlife literature. Processions of Sokar around the city walls, modeled on the ceremony at Memphis, occurred in other cities, such as Abydos, Thebes and Busiris. At the end of the festival day, offerings would be made at the tombs, and statuettes of deceased officials may have joined the procession as Sokar visited some part of the local necropolis, which embodied Sokar’s domain of Rostau, the concept of which originally perhaps referred strictly to the Memphite necropolis, but which came to include any necropolis and, indeed, the whole realm of the dead (ibid., 67-68). This excursion would involve a real or symbolic ‘navigation’, a journey on the water.
A text from the Bremner-Rhind Papyrus is called “The Ritual of Bringing in Sokar,” (trans. R. O. Faulkner, JEA 23, 1937, pp. 10-16), the first part of which is a hymn to Sokar. Sokar is hymned as “thou who healest for thyself thy throat,” that is, who resurrects himself, the ability to open the throat being synonymous with the power to breathe and hence with life itself, but also as “thou whose darkness is more enduring than the light of the sun” and “thou who blindfoldest him who is in the Netherworld from seeing the sun”; as “august rope-maker of the Night-bark,” the mesketet, in which Re travels through the Netherworld each night, the rope being what tows or drags the bark, as we have seen, through those portions of the Netherworld which it cannot traverse under its own power; as “living soul of Osiris when he appears as the moon”; but also as “divine one who hidest Osiris in the realm of the dead.”
Other Names: Socharis, Seker
Patron of: the Memphis necropolis and the funerary cult.
Appearance: a man with the head of a hawk
Description: Sokar (Seker) was the primary god of the Memphite funeral cult and its nearby burial grounds and tomb sites. He was seen as a manifestation of the resurrected Osiris, and in later dynasties he was combined with Ptah and Osiris into one deity, Ptah-Sokar-Osiris (see below). He is most often found depicted on royal tomb walls.
Though he was a death god, Sokar was also the patron of the living, mainly the workers who built the necropolis and the craftsmen who made tomb artifacts. He was also the patron of those who made ritual objects and substances used in mummification.
His dedicated festival was the Henu Festival, and was held every year in Thebes. The festival celebrated Osiris’ resurrection as Sokar. It involved a huge procession with the image of Sokar being carried in a gilded boat.
Worship: Worshipped widely throughout Upper Egypt, his cult centers were Memphis and Thebes
Ptah-Seker-Osiris, A composite funerary god worshipped during the Middle Kingdom period. In this form he represents the three aspects of the universe: creation, stability, and death.
Seker or Sokar is a falcon god of the Memphite necropolis. Although the meaning of his name remains uncertain the Egyptians themselves in the Pyramid Texts linked his name to the anguished cry of Osiris to Isis ‘Sy-k-ri’ (‘hurry to me’), in the underworld. Seker is strongly linked with two other gods, Ptah the chief god of Memphis and Osiris the god of the dead. In later periods this connection was expressed as the triple god Ptah-Seker-Osiris.
Seker was usually depicted as a mummified hawk and sometimes as mound from which the head of a hawk appears. Here he is called ‘he who is on his sand’. Sometimes he is shown on his ‘hennu barque’ which was an elaborate sledge for negotiating the sandy necropolis. One of his titles was ‘he of Restau’ which means the place of ‘openings’ or tomb entrances.
In the New Kingdom Book of the Underworld, the Amduat, he is shown standing on the back of a serpent between two spread wings, as an expression of freedom this suggests a connection with resurrection or perhaps a satisfactory transit of the underworld. Despite this the region of the underworld associated with Seker was seen as difficult, sandy terrain called the Imhet (meaning ‘filled up’ presumably with sand).
Seker, possibly through his association with Ptah, also has a connection with craftsmen. In the Book of the Dead he is said to fashion silver bowls and a silver coffin of Sheshonq II has been discovered at Tanis decorated with the iconography of Seker.
Seker’s cult centre was in Memphis where festivals in his honour were held in the fourth month of the akhet (spring) season. The god was depicted as assisting in various tasks such as digging ditches and canals. From the New Kingdom a similar festival was held in Thebes.