Season: 2-3, Episodes: 21, Faction: Survivors
Eko, also known as Mr. Eko (also referred to as Father Tunde, although this may be an alias), was a notorious war lord and drug smuggler in Nigeria and was one of the tail section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.
Before the crash, Eko was attempting to smuggle drugs out of Nigeria by pretending to be a priest. His brother Yemi, a real priest, tried to stop him, but was accidentally killed and thrown onto the drug smuggling plane. Eko was left behind, where he decided to take his brother’s place in the church, protecting it and the village from drug lords.
After the crash, Eko and the rest of the tail section survivors were attacked by the Others, where he fought his kidnappers and killed two of them. After this he took a vow of silence for 40 days and started carrying a stick with him into which he carved Bible verses. When Michael, Jin, and Sawyer washed up on shore, Eko kept them prisoner until they decided their story was true, after which they all trekked across the Island to the middle section survivors camp. He later found the Beechcraft his brother’s body had been on and burned the plane in respect. After he and Locke found the Pearl station, Eko was convinced it was important to push the button in the Swan. When Locke lost his faith and kept Eko from pushing the button, it caused the implosion of the Swan. Eko survived the incident, but was dragged unconscious into a cave by a polar bear and was later saved by Locke. While recovering from his injuries, he was visited by a vision of Yemi, who told him to confess his sins. Eko claimed he had not sinned, but done what he had to do, after which he was confronted and killed by the Monster. Three years later, Hurley saw a vision of Eko and played chess with him at the Santa Rosa Mental Institute.
2×02 – Adrift
As the Tailies mistook Sawyer, Michael and Jin for Others, Eko ran up to them and hit them with his stick. (“Adrift”)
2×03 – Orientation
The tailies threw them into the tiger pit. Later, Ana Lucia told Eko to knock her out and throw her down into the tiger pit. Eventually, Eko asked Ana Lucia what information she was able to gain while he pulled her up. (“Orientation”)
2×04 – Everybody Hates Hugo
The next day, Eko threw down a rope and ordered Jin to climb out. During the trek to the Arrow, Eko apologized to Sawyer for his actions and the misunderstanding when they first met. He was later seen with the other tailies in the Arrow. (“Everybody Hates Hugo”)
2×05 – …And Found
The next day, the tailies decided to move camp and hike towards the survivors’ main camp. He often disagreed with Ana Lucia over the three captives, and eventually Jin and Michael were let go. Michael took off to find Walt, and Eko joined Jin to go find Michael.
During their time looking for Michael, Eko sensed someone coming, and he and Jin hid. Hidden in the bushes, they saw people go by in almost unearthly silence; these were the Others. Eventually they caught up to Michael and Mr. Eko convinced Michael to come with them. (“…And Found”)
2×06 – Abandoned
During the trek across the Island, Sawyer became very ill because of his bullet wound. Eko told Ana Lucia to go inland to save Sawyer’s life. (“Abandoned”)
2×08 – Collision
After the death of Shannon, Sayid quickly pulled his gun on Ana Lucia. Eko stopped him and, after a quick and muddy fight, the tailies tied him up. Eko carried Sawyer back and found Kate and Jack playing golf and took him to the Hatch.
While looking at the DHARMA sign, Locke greeted Eko, after Eko told Locke, “A girl was shot and killed.” Later, Eko stopped Jack and Michael from going after Ana Lucia with guns and went with Jack where they saw Sayid and Ana Lucia. (“Collision”)
2×09 – What Kate Did
On the beach, Eko comforted Ana Lucia, telling her that most of the survivors realize that Shannon’s death was accidental.
Later, Eko, Michael and Locke watched the Swan Orientation film, and Eko revealed that he had the missing piece. (“What Kate Did”)
2×10 – The 23rd Psalm
Eko later learned from Claire that Charlie has a statue of the Virgin Mary. Eko confronted Charlie and demanded to be taken to the plane where Charlie found the statues. While they were wandering through the jungle, Charlie climbed a tree to get a better look at the surroundings. While Charlie was in the tree, the Monster approached, and Eko, motionless, watched it while it confronted him. It then moved on.
Eko and Charlie continued into the jungle where they found the plane and the bodies of Yemi, Goldie, and Olu. Eko retrieved a cross pendant from Yemi’s body, the same one that the guerrillas removed from Eko when he was a boy. Eko and Charlie set the plane on fire, burning the body of Yemi, and recited Psalm 23. Eko then told Charlie that he was a priest. (“The 23rd Psalm”)
2×12 – Fire + Water
Mr. Eko had been marking and cutting down trees near the beach for reasons unknown. This carried on for several episodes until Charlie asked why he was marking the trees. In response, Mr. Eko only said simply, “These are the ones I like”. It was later revealed that he is building a church in memory of Yemi’s “defiled” church in Nigeria, for which he enlisted Charlie’s help. Eko was then enlisted to baptize Claire and Aaron. (“Fire + Water”)
2×13 – The Long Con
After Sun was attacked, Mr. Eko and Ana Lucia watched while Sawyer carried Sun back to the beach. While Sawyer told everyone about the guns, Mr. Eko was present. (“The Long Con”)
2×15 – Maternity Leave
Eko knew about “Henry Gale”‘s presence in the Hatch while it was kept secret from other crash survivors. Eko asked to speak to him, and when he did, Eko apologized for killing two of the Others. He cut two tails from his beard and offered them to “Henry” as a symbol of the two men he killed and his repentance. (“Maternity Leave”)
2×18 – Dave
While Charlie and Mr. Eko built the church, Hurley arrived after trying to find Dave. Hurley asked if they had seen “a bald guy in a bath robe”. (“Dave”)
2×19 – S.O.S.
When trying to make an S.O.S sign, Bernard asked Charlie and Mr. Eko, but they said they were too busy building the church. Bernard could not believe they were building things instead of trying to get rescued and Mr. Eko stated, “people get saved in their own way“. (“S.O.S.”)
2×21 – ?
Eko had a dream involving Ana Lucia shortly after her death, about an event of which Eko was not yet aware, and his brother Yemi. Both told him to help Locke, and to go to the “question mark” and to bring along his axe. Eko asked Locke to help him find Henry, who had escaped. Later in the jungle, he told Locke that they were really in search of the “question mark.” As Yemi had predicted in the vision, Locke refused to discuss the question mark with Eko, so Eko knocked him out with a head-butt. When Locke awoke, he showed Eko his sketch of the blast door map, and Eko decided they must find the question mark as shown on the map. Then, they arrived at the Beechcraft.
While lying down, Locke had a dream involving Yemi and Eko climbing the nearby cliff. Locke told Eko about it, and Eko climbed the cliff only to find nothing but grass. But when he looked down from the cliff, he sees a question mark in the ground below. Originally it was a circle but some of the grass had grown back and now resembles a question mark. Eko returned to where Locke was, and observed, salt had been put into the ground to keep the grass from growing so as to form the circle. They dug under the Beechcraft and found another DHARMA station.
They entered the station, called the Pearl. It featured a bank of TV monitors that enabled the inhabitants to view the other hatches. Eko and Locke saw Jack in the Swan. They found another orientation film, which said that the jobs of the other hatch members are a “psychological experiment.” This information, along with Henry Gale’s false claim that he did not push the button and nothing happened, shattered Locke’s faith in the Island. At the same time, due to Eko’s dream, Eko believed pushing the button had become even more important.
He announced that if Locke was not going to continue to push the button, he would. Eko found notebooks and papers filled with numbers. He decided to bring these objects back from the Pearl because he believed they were extremely important. (“?”)
2×22 – Three Minutes
After the death of Libby, Eko returned to the hatch, and the rest of the survivors questioned if they caught them. Eko decided to move into the Swan to take over the task of pushing the button. He asked Charlie to bring him his belongings from the beach, having decided to quit working on the church for now (which upset Charlie).
Later Jack asked him if he would like to go to Ana Lucia’s and Libby’s funeral. Eko replied, “Thank you. I will mourn them in my own way.” (“Three Minutes”)
Locke tried to stop Eko from pushing the button. Eko shot back with Locke’s often-said words: “Do not tell me what I can’t do.” After this Locke then tried to destroy the computer with the Jesus stick, but Eko stopped him. They fought, and Eko locked him out of the the Hatch. Later, Locke and Desmond, who don’t want to press the button, tricked him by triggering a blackout. When Mr. Eko came out of the computer room, Desmond and Locke ran into the computer room and closed the blast door on Mr. Eko. As Eko left, he noticed the QUARANTINE sign on the Hatch door. He asked Charlie how they blew up the door. Charlie and Mr. Eko returned to the hatch with dynamite. (“Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1”)
Mr. Eko planted the dynamite with Charlie trying to convince him not to, until he took Charlie’s belt off, and threw it at the wall. Eko lit the dynamite, without warning Charlie. During the system failure, Desmond opened the the door, and Eko and Charlie ran into the computer room while metallic objects began to fly across to the magnet wall. Locke told Eko, “I was wrong,” when suddenly Desmond triggered the fail-safe key, causing the Discharge. (“Live Together, Die Alone, Part 2”)
3×03 – Further Instructions
After the implosion of the Hatch, Eko ended up in a polar bear cave, badly injured. Eko’s Jesus stick fell from a tree, and nearly hit Locke after the discharge. Locke, with Charlie, went on a quest to save Eko, since it was his opposition to Eko that caused the disaster at the Swan.
Locke tracked the polar bear with Charlie to its cave, torched the bear to save Eko, and took him back to the camp.
While Charlie got water, Locke apologized to Eko, saying it was all his fault and their friends were now captured. Mr. Eko woke up and told him, he can still protect them, and eventually he will find them, since he was a hunter. As Charlie arrived, Eko was still unconscious. When they returned to the camp, Locke told Claire, Nikki, and Paulo to take care of him. (“Further Instructions”)
3×05 – The Cost of Living
Eko remained in a feverish coma for two days after being rescued, but awoke to see Yemi standing over him, telling him, it was time to confess his sins and Eko knew where to find him. Yemi then set Eko’s tent alight. Eko was saved by Charlie and Hurley, but disappeared as soon as Charlie took his eyes off him. He headed for the drug smuggler’s plane and Locke, Desmond, Nikki, Paulo, and Sayid gave chase, finding him on their way at a river, where moments earlier Eko had seen the Monster once more. After pursuing visions of his brother, several smugglers he had killed, and brief appearances by the Monster, Eko came to the Nigerian plane, where his brother was laid to rest.
After rolling away a rock that covered the entrance to the plane, Eko found that his brother’s body was no longer in the plane. Eko saw Yemi once more appearing in dirty clothing and chased him into an open field. There, Eko confessed that he had not sinned to his brother. Eko stated, he did not ask for the life he was given, but it had been given nonetheless. And with it, he did the best he could. Eko also mentioned his sacrifice for Yemi when they were young.
However, what appeared to be Yemi announced, he was not Eko’s brother. Then, the person who appeared like Yemi disappeared into the jungle, with Eko in hot pursuit.
The Monster then appeared and advanced ominously while Eko began to recite the 23rd Psalm, as before. This time, however, it attacked him, beating him into trees in the shape of a cross (Sun Symbol) and then slamming him into the ground.
Locke found the brutally beaten Eko who, before he passed away, whispered into Locke’s ears. Listening closely Eko can be heard faintly saying “I saw the devil“. Sayid asked what Eko’s final words were, to which Locke replied, “We’re next.” (“The Cost of Living”)
3×06 – I Do
Following Eko’s death, Locke conferred with Sayid that too many people have died to bury them in the graveyard. The two returned to the camp to get shovels and decided to bury him where they found him. On their way back, they found Eko’s stick. Locke said a short speech around the explorers to the Pearl, and shortly after, he saw the verse Genesis 13:14 written in all capital letters. It read “LIFT UP YOUR EYES AND LOOK NORTH”. Directly below it was the scripture “John 3:05.” (“I Do”)
3×08 – Flashes Before Your Eyes
Mr. Eko’s death was initially kept a secret from the other losties, apart from Charlie and Hurley and later Kate. (“Flashes Before Your Eyes”)
3×11 – Enter 77
Locke then headed on a bearing 305 north from Eko’s stick and found the Flame station. (“Enter 77”)
According to the story by the Oceanic Six, Eko died when Flight 815 hit the water, along with the other survivors, apart from Libby, Boone and Charlie. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
Three years after the Oceanic Six left the island, Sayid visited Hurley late at night at the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. Hurley told Sayid that he had been “seeing dead people”, and having regular conversations with them. Sayid then insisted, he come with him “somewhere safe” because he was being watched.
Before leaving, Hurley finished a game of chess, seemingly with himself. In making his final move, he said “Checkmate, Mr. Eko”, implying that he was either meeting Eko similarly to the way he met Charlie at the institution or hallucinating. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 3”)