Season: 2-3, Episodes: 5, Faction: The Others
Goodwin Stanhope was an Other who was sent by Ben to infiltrate the tail section survivors. He was killed by Ana Lucia after she found out his true identity. At the time of his death, he was unhappily married to Harper Stanhope and was having an affair with Juliet Burke.
On the Mainland
Goodwin claimed to be in the Peace Corps, when he was talking with Ana Lucia, which may have been a partial truth, but little is known for sure about his life prior to the Island, if he was indeed brought there. It is currently unknown whether Goodwin was telling the truth about his time in the Peace Corps, or whether he was one of the Island’s original Hostiles. It is presumed that Goodwin was brought to the Island by Jacob, as he is listed as #48 in the list of Jacob’s candidates.
On the Island
4×06 – The Other Woman
On Ben Linus’s orders, Goodwin worked with chemicals at the Tempest station. Goodwin was married to Harper Stanhope, the surly, spiteful therapist of the Others. Their relationship had become unhappy by the time Goodwin met Juliet after the death of pregnant Other Henrietta. On their first meeting, Juliet treated a chemical burn wound on Goodwin’s arm.
Goodwin was present in the operating room of the Staff while Juliet and Ethan operated on Sabine. When Goodwin saw how Juliet was affected by Sabine’s death, he consoled her. Goodwin began an affair with Juliet, to the chagrin of leader Ben Linus, who believed Juliet belonged to him. (“The Other Woman”)
3×16 – One of Us
4×06 – The Other Woman
After receiving a warning from Goodwin’s wife Harper, who had learned about the affair, Juliet pressed Goodwin not to go public with his new relationship. Juliet feared for Goodwin’s safety, believing, as Harper had warned her, that Ben would eliminate anyone who stood between himself and Juliet. (“The Other Woman”)
After the crash
3×01 – A Tale of Two Cities | 4×06 – The Other Woman
Seconds after Oceanic Flight 815 broke apart in the air above the Barracks, Ben ordered Goodwin to go to the crash site of the tail section, pose as a survivor, quietly observe and learn about them, and make a list within three days. Goodwin immediately ran off toward the crash site. Harper’s expression of quiet, helpless outrage on hearing the orders intimated that she understood the mission would also be a death sentence for her husband. (“A Tale of Two Cities”) (“The Other Woman”)
2×07 – The Other 48 Days
Goodwin reached the crash site quickly, and he emerged from the jungle and alerted Ana Lucia Cortez to the fact that Bernard Nadler was stuck in a tree. Goodwin pretended to be one of the tailies and was forced to become quite heavily involved with the group due to the small size. Goodwin’s list led raids on the tail-end survivors’ beach camp by members of the Others to kidnap those survivors considered to be “good”.
Upon discovering a list of kidnap victims on the dead body of an Other killed in one of the raids, Ana Lucia began to suspect one of her group was a mole. She put Nathan, who had been acting suspiciously, in a tiger pit. When she threatened to cut Nathan’s fingers off the next day as an interrogation method, Goodwin released and then killed Nathan. Goodwin hid Nathan’s body to make it appear that he had escaped. (“The Other 48 Days”)
2×20 – Two for the Road | 4×06 – The Other Woman
Though all of the kidnap targets had been successfully acquired, Goodwin remained with the Tailies. According to the version of events related by Others leader Ben Linus to both Juliet Burke and Ana Lucia, Goodwin had remained to build a case for Ana Lucia as “good” person, “worthy” of being taken into the Others’ society. (“Two for the Road”) (“The Other Woman”)
2×07 – The Other 48 Days
When Bernard suggested travelling to high ground in order to test the radio, Goodwin volunteered to go alone, but Ana Lucia insisted on accompanying him. When they reached the top of a hill, the two stopped to rest and have a snack. Alone with Ana Lucia, Goodwin was asked to theorize about why the Others kidnapped only some of the group. He proposed that the Others had attempted to remove the strongest, fittest members of the group—the threats—including Eko, who survived the kidnapping by killing his would-be captors.
Ana Lucia revealed that she had deduced that Goodwin was the mole, as Goodwin’s clothes had been dry in the moments after the crash. Abandoning pretense, Goodwin admitted that he killed Nathan because he feared that after Ana Lucia’s intended torture of Nathan proved unproductive, her suspicions would shift elsewhere. The murder was justified, Goodwin said, because Nathan “was not a good person”—which was “why he wasn’t on the list”—and Goodwin claimed that the kidnapped children, Emma and Zach, were “fine” and “better off now”. Enraged, Ana Lucia attacked Goodwin, and a struggle ensued. The two rolled down a hill, and Goodwin was impaled upon a stick. (“The Other 48 Days”)
4×06 – The Other Woman
His body would later be found by Pickett and Tom. They reported back to Ben, whose plan to send Goodwin to his death was finally complete. Ben brought Juliet to the hillside, where he admitted that he sent Goodwin on this mission because he knew there would be a good chance that Goodwin would die. When Juliet grievingly asked why, Ben exasperatedly asked how Juliet couldn’t understand that she was “his”, then left her to sob by the body of her dead lover. (“The Other Woman”)
2×05 – …And Found
On day 47 after the crash of Oceanic 815, while searching for Michael, Jin and Eko found Goodwin’s body. Eko coldly told Jin that his name was Goodwin, and when Jin asked “Others?”, Eko nodded in confirmation. (“…And Found”)
2×20 – Two for the Road
During his captivity in the Swan, Ben insisted to Ana Lucia that Goodwin had no intention of harming her. In fact, Goodwin suggested that the Others accept Ana Lucia into their society. (“Two for the Road”)
Jin finds Goodwin’s body in the middle of the jungle, not on a hillside where Ana kills him.
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(Sopd, Sopdu, Sopedu) Soped’s name apparently comes from an Egyptian word meaning, literally, ‘sharp’, but which also bore a similar range of metaphorical meanings to that which ‘sharp’ has in English, i.e., ‘skilled’ or ‘effective’. The literal ‘sharpness’ which is said of Soped is that of his beak (e.g., “sharp of teeth” in PT utterance 222), for he is depicted often as a hawk, especially with a headdress of two tall plumes (these plumes possibly an astral phenomenon of some kind, viz. CT spell 61, “you shine in the plumes of Soped”) and a flail perched at his shoulder. Soped is also depicted anthropomorphically in the manner of a native of what was the far east for Egyptians, namely the Sinai and Arabia, for Soped characteristically represents the direction of the east in all of its connotations, both political and cosmological. When he appears in anthropomorphic form, Soped wears the beaded-and-tasseled shesmet belt (see Shesmetet) and his plumed headdress. Soped is regarded as the son of Sah (the constellation Orion) and Sothis (Sopdet; the star Sirius). His consort is Khensut.
In a text spoken by Geb in PT utterance 306, it is said of the deceased king that “the Fields of Rushes worship you in this your name of Dwaw [‘dawn’] as Soped who is under his ksbt-trees,” the Fields of Rushes being a marshy place in the east of the sky from which the sun emerges at dawn, while the ksbt is a type of fruit-bearing tree frequently associated with Soped but not readily identifiable. A significant reference to Soped begins in PT utterance 578 with an address to the deceased king as Osiris, saying “you shall not go into these eastern lands, you shall go into those western lands by the road of the Followers of Re,” apparently referring to an undesirable eastern entry to the netherworld which is referred to in certain other texts (e.g., CT spell 548/BD spell 93, “Not to ferry a man to the east in the realm of the dead,” also called, “Spell for not dying again in the realm of the dead”). The entourage of Osiris is charged with announcing him (i.e., the deceased) to Re “as one whose left arm is raised,” an apparent reference to the gesture of the raised arm which has the power to ward off evil forces and which is symbolically represented by the flail poised over the upraised arm, a symbolism especially associated with Min. The text goes on to identify the deceased king with Soped, in whose name the king takes into his embrace certain unidentified persons, of whom it is said only that “You [the deceased] do not know them … You it is who prevent them from becoming inert in your embrace; you go up to them empowered, effective … in this your name of Soped. Your flail is in your hand, your sceptre is at your hand, the slayers fall on their faces at you, the Imperishable Stars [the northern circumpolar stars] kneel to you.” Apparently the eastern realm of the netherworld, in which certain unfortunate dead are slain a second time, and which is not a suitable place for Osiris, is to be penetrated by Soped, who subdues the slayers and rescues the anonymous dead from oblivion. CT spell 458, however, “Not to die a second time in the realm of the dead,” opposes Horus and Soped: the deceased affirms, “the messengers of Soped have no power over me, for I am Horus, son of Osiris,” and Soped is clearly charged with performing executions in the netherworld in an ancient commentary on BD spell 17 and in BD spell 130. CT spell 783 affirms of the deceased, “your son Soped the sharp-toothed acts as protector from whoever would harm you in the eastern desert.”
CT spell 270 is for “Becoming Soped,” (i.e., invoking Soped), but it is very short and virtually unintelligible in parts; its formula, however, minus the problematic portion, is that “N. [the deceased] has gone forth upon the water which surrounds him, N.’s plume is on his head, N.’s eyes are ka’a [possibly ‘spirit-powered’, cf. the use of the word in PT utterance 689, concerning the Eye of Horus] … N. is lord of the deserts, N. is Soped, eldest of the Gods.” Soped occurs in contexts where the cardinal points are being secured, e.g., in CT spell 313, where the deceased is assured that “Those who shall come against you from the East shall be doomed to Soped, Lord of the East, and they shall be driven off with your knives in them,” or in CT spell 636, “Spell for a man to have power through his magic [heka] in order that he may establish himself in the realm of the dead,” where “Soped in the east” is one of four deities charged with bringing the deceased’s ka [spirit; for the relation between ka and heka see Heka] to his body. Breaking the pattern, however, is BD spell 32, in which, of the “four crocodiles that come to take a man’s magic away from him in the God’s domain,” it is the crocodile from the south against whom Soped is invoked.
Sopedu was a border patrol god in his role of “lord of the east”, and was depicted either as a crouching falcon or Bedouin warrior wearing a crown of tall plumes.
However, in the Pyramid Texts Spedu’s astral nature is emphasized. The goddess Isis, in her aspect of the star Sirius (Sothis) who is the herald of the Nile inundation, is impregnated by the king. Horus-Sopedu, is the result of this union. he is a natural coalescence of two hawk deities. More evidence of Sopedu as a stellar deity occurs in the equation of the god with the teeth of the king when the latter has become a star-god. This idea emphasizes the king’s invincibility since Sopedu is “sharp of teeth” himself, a vivid epithet of a bird of prey.
Sopedu’s domain includes the eastern desert, and he protects the Egyptian held turquoise mines of the Sinai peninsula where inscriptions bear witness to his worship at Serabit el-Khadim. However, his main cult center is in the northeast Delta at Saft el-Henna.
In Egyptian mythology, Sopdu (also rendered Septu or Sopedu) was originally the scorching heat of the summer sun. The effects of the scorching of the sun lead many ancient cultures to see it as war-like, and the Egyptians were no different in this respect, with Sopdu consequently being seen as a war god.
Sopdu’s name, meaning with Sopd, derives from this heat arriving shortly after the star Sirius has its heliacal rising, and thus being seen as coming with Sopdet, Sopdet being the deification of Sirius (Sopd is the masculine form of Sopdet, t being the feminine determinant). Indeed, it was said that Sopdet gave birth to this heat, and so Sopdu was seen as her child. The Greeks made a similar conclusion; the Greek name Sirius essentially means scorcher.
Because heliacal rising occurs in the east, and the sun’s heat begins there daily, Sopdu was referred to as Lord of the East, and had his greatest cult centre at the easternmost nome of Lower Egypt, which was named Per-Sopdu, meaning place of Sopdu. The combination of being a war-god, and being associated with the easternmost edge, lead to Sopdu being depicted as an Asiatic warrior, with a shemset girdle and long axe, and more generally being said to guard Egypt’s borders. When the Egyptians conquered Sinai, he was also thought to guard the turquoise mines, which predominantly lay within Sinai.
His name is composed of the hieroglyph for sharp, a pointed triangle, and the 3rd person plural suffix (a Quail); thus a literal translation of his name is sharp ones. However, the triangle glyph was really a representation of a plant thorn, which the Egyptians referred to as a tooth, and so his name could be seen as the plural of tooth, i.e. teeth. Consequently, war-gods also being associated with death, he was said, in the Pyramid Texts, to protect the teeth of the deceased.
By the Middle Kingdom, as a war-deity, he became strongly associated with the pharaoh, which, together with his being god of the sky, lead to an association with Horus, the sky god, who was said to be the pharaoh’s patron. Consequently, Sopdu started being depicted as wearing the two falcon feathers as a headdress, that represented Horus, who was seen as a falcon. He also started being identified as the standard bearer of Horus – gaining the glyph of a falcon on a standard in his name. By this time, the plural suffix of his name, previously a hieroglyph of a quail, was shown with the hieratic abbreviation – a swirl, which often leads to misinterpretations of the standard depicting the quail, which appears to have otherwise vanished. Eventually, the association with Horus lead to his identity gradually merging to Horus, and in the New Kingdom, he was referred to as Har-Septu, an aspect of Horus rather than an individual.