Season: 4-5, Episodes: 23, Faction: Freighter/Survivors/DHARMA Initiative
Dr. Daniel Faraday was a physicist and professor who parachuted onto the Island from a helicopter sent by the freighter Kahana. He was distinguished by his polite demeanor and his scientific insight into the Island’s mysterious properties. He was the son of Eloise Hawking and Charles Widmore, both former Others. Daniel spent his entire adult life studying space-time. His experiments with time travel debilitated his girlfriend and damaged his memory, forcing him to flee his Oxford professorship, but his illness was healed with his arrival on the Island. He harbored romantic feelings for science team colleague Charlotte Lewis until her death from temporal displacement. When the time flashes started, he assumed an early leadership role in Sawyer’s group due to his expertise in quantum physics and protectiveness of Charlotte. When the flashes through time stopped, stranding James “Sawyer” Ford’s group in 1974, he joined the other survivors in becoming part of the DHARMA Initiative. Under unknown circumstances, he became a DHARMA Initiative scientist working in Ann Arbor, but returned to the Island in 1977, where, after a frenzied attempt to change the past, he unwittingly was shot and killed by his mother, who was with The Others at the time. His plans to detonate the hydrogen bomb Jughead were carried on by Jack Shephard.
5×01 – Because You Left
Daniel and the rest of the passengers on the raft were shocked when the sky becomes engulfed in bright white light. Neil became panicky but Daniel assured him that they must have been “inside the radius.” He rushed back to the camp on the Zodiac and reunited with Charlotte and the others. He explained to them that the camp structures haven’t gone, they just “haven’t been built yet”. He and a group headed towards the Swan to try and analyze where in time they are. While on the way Sawyer assaulted him and demanded an explanation as to what was happening. Daniel found it difficult to explain, and used an analogy that the island was like a skipping record, effectively dislodged from time due to what happened at the Orchid station. He theorized that they were all moving through time.
Arriving at the hatch, Daniel deduced they were at some point after Flight 815 crashed onto the Island. He explained to the others the rules of time travel, the main one being that no matter how hard one tries, they cannot alter the past in any way. He admitted to spending his “entire adult life” studying spacetime and the DHARMA Initiative. He believed there was no way they could stop the time shifts occurring. After another ‘time shift‘ sent them back to between 2001 and 2004, Faraday separated himself from the group and frantically flicked through his journal. Finding what he was looking for, he slammed on the Swan’s door for twenty minutes before Desmond emerged. As time started shifting again Daniel quickly told Desmond that when he leaves the island he must go to Oxford and find Daniel’s mother in order to save them. Before he could say her name he was transported through time once more. (“Because You Left”)
5×02 – The Lie
Two hours later, Daniel returned to the beach. Sawyer asked him why he took so long, and Daniel told him he simply got lost. Daniel began calculating the position of the Island in time in order that they might find a new bearing in order to safely leave the island on the Zodiac. Later that night, while Daniel was performing calculations and going through his journal at the edge of the beach, Charlotte came and gave him a mango she found in the jungle. He thanked her, but when she started complaining about her headache and memory loss he becomes concerned and quiet. He at first reassured her that she was just stressed, but after she directly asked him if he knew what was happening to her, he was momentarily silent before Miles interrupted them. Shortly after, unknown foes attacked the people on the beach, who fled to the jungle. Daniel helped Charlotte when she fell over. Those that survived scattered and went to regroup at a nearby creek. (“The Lie”)
5×03 – Jughead
When Daniel, Miles, and Charlotte reached the creek, Charlotte began to feel dizzy and had double vision, and asked Daniel why he looked so worried about her. Daniel revealed to her that he knew what was happening to her, and assured her that he wouldn’t let it happen. Before they could discuss this further, another survivor tripped a wire that set off a trap, killing the other survivors who had reached the creek and leaving only Daniel, Miles, and Charlotte. The three were then ambushed by The Others. A woman, apparently the leader of the group, asked who their leader was. Miles pointed to Daniel, and the girl turned to him and asked why they couldn’t have stayed away. They were brought to the camp where they were thought to be part of a U.S. military expedition. They went along with it, saying they were scientists there to deactivate the hydrogen bomb that Daniel presumed was there due to radiation burns on one of the Other’s hands. When Richard Alpert had suspicions that Daniel would instead detonate the bomb, Daniel won his trust by telling him that he was in love with Charlotte, and telling them he wouldn’t do anything to put her in danger. When the Others left, he confessed to Charlotte that he had not been lying to them, and that he truly was in love with her.
Daniel was then led to the bomb by Ellie, the girl who had captured them. On the way there, he remarked that she reminded him of someone he used to know. At the site of the bomb, after carefully examining it, Daniel found that it was leaking radiation. He then told Ellie that the crack in the casing of the bomb needed to be filled with lead and that it then needed to be buried. He assured Ellie that as long as their people did this, the bomb wouldn’t go off. She then asked him how he was so sure. Daniel then revealed to her that he was from the future, and that because the island was still there in the future, if they did this, the bomb would not go off. Ellie then held him at gunpoint, but Sawyer and Juliet came to his rescue. After a flash the group was reunited, but the Others’ campsite was deserted. Charlotte then suffered a nosebleed and collapsed, and Daniel ran to her aid. (“Jughead”)
5×04 – The Little Prince
Daniel managed to revive Charlotte, and Locke suggested that they travel to the Orchid in order to try and stop the time flashes. Daniel travels with the group which is heading to the beach camp to use the zodiac in order to get to the Orchid faster. After dark, while traveling through the jungle, the group sees a beam of light emanating from the ground some distance ahead. Recognizing it as the light which emanated from the Hatch the night Boone died, Locke lead the group through a different route in order to avoid the light. A short while later, they heard a woman crying. Daniel stayed with everyone else as Sawyer went to investigate. The group then shifts through time once more and they make their way back to the beach. Miles suffered a nosebleed and he asked Daniel about it. Daniel responded that it is related to how much time you spend on the Island. Miles then pointed out that the survivors from Oceanic Flight 815 had been on the Island for a few months before the freighter arrived. Daniel asks Miles if he is sure that he has never been to the Island before. Upon returning to the beach camp, they find that the camp exists at that moment, but seems disheveled.
With no one nor the Zodiac in sight, the group wondered where everyone has gone. Noticing a pair of wooden outrigger canoes, they think that the other survivors may have fled from attackers. The group gets into one of the outriggers. After a short while, they noticed that unknown people are pursuing them in the other outrigger. As the other canoe gained on them, the people in it begin to shoot. After trying to escape for a while, Juliet returned fire with a rifle. Before the pursuers can get any closer, there is another time flash. In this time period, it is raining very hard. The survivors successfully come to shore at nightfall. Daniel listened as Charlotte alerted the group to debris from a ship on the beach, noting that it appears to have wrecked recently. (“The Little Prince”)
5×05 – This Place Is Death
Daniel traveled with the group into the jungle and they experienced another time flash just before discovering Jin. After everyone greeted Jin, they resumed traveling toward the Orchid Station. After walking for a while, the group experienced a few flashes in rapid succession. After the fourth flash, Charlotte collapsed and began to speak incoherently, partly in Korean. Daniel asked for help carrying Charlotte to the Orchid, but Locke refused and said that she would only slow them down. Daniel decided to stay with Charlotte while the rest of the group moved on to the Orchid. Still unable to move, Charlotte told Daniel that she grew up on the Island but left at a young age with her mother. Though her mother tried to convince her she had imagined the Island, Charlotte has been searching for it. Charlotte told Daniel that she remembered a scary man who, when she was young, told her that she must leave the Island and if she ever came back, she would die. That person, she believed, was Daniel. After mumbling about not being allowed to have chocolate before dinner, Charlotte died. Daniel could do nothing but watch helplessly with tears in his eyes. (“This Place Is Death”)
1974-1977 (with the DHARMA Initiative)
5×08 – LaFleur
Daniel, along with Sawyer, Juliet, Jin, and Miles, time traveled to 1974 when Locke moved the frozen wheel. When the rest of the group found Daniel, he was still crying over Charlotte’s death. When Juliet asked where Charlotte was, Daniel told her that she had died and her body had disappeared, meaning that during the flash, it had been left behind in the previous time frame. A mournful Daniel traveled with the rest of the group on the way to the beach camp they encountered Amy, a member of the DHARMA Initiative who was in the midst of a conflict with some of the Hostiles. Having saved her, Amy took the group to the Barracks but, on their way, Juliet was forced to stop Daniel in his tracks as he nearly walked through the active sonar fence. The group maintained the story that they were shipwrecked on the Island and, as Sawyer negotiated with Horace, an awestruck Daniel saw a young, redheaded girl walking across the grass with her mother and guessed her to be Charlotte. (“LaFleur”)
5×09 – Namaste
To continue his research, Daniel left the Island to go to Ann Arbor before 1977 when Jack, Kate and Hurley become part of the DHARMA Initiative, while Sayid is mistaken for a Hostile. (“Namaste”)
5×13 – Some Like It Hoth
However, soon after the Oceanic Six arrived, Miles and Pierre Chang went to the dock to greet the scientists arriving on the Island via the submarine and Miles was perplexed to find Faraday among them. He said, “Long time no see” to the clearly shocked Miles. (“Some Like It Hoth”)
5×01 – Because You Left | 5×14 – The Variable
Daniel explained his return to Miles by showing him a picture of Jack, Kate, and Hurley as part of the DHARMA Initiative, and demanded to be taken to Jack’s house. Once there, he questioned Jack on how he and the rest of the Oceanic Six had returned to the island. Jack told him that it had been Daniel’s mother who helped them, and that she had told them they were supposed to return. Daniel ominously told him that his mother was wrong, and that the Oceanic Six were in fact not supposed to be there. (“Because You Left”)
5×14 – The Variable
He then set off to the Orchid with Miles to meet Pierre Chang. He followed Pierre into the station, disguised himself as a workman, and then observed him from afar. As Pierre began to leave the Orchid, Daniel caught up with him and recommended that he order the island to be evacuated. When Pierre asked why, Daniel explained that later the drill at the Swan hatch would hit a large pocket of electromagnetic energy, which would cause catastrophe for everyone on the island. When Pierre asked him how he knew all of this, Daniel revealed to him that he was from the future. Although at first disbelieving, Daniel nearly managed to convince him by telling him that Miles was his son. However, Miles told Pierre that Daniel was out of his mind, and Pierre dismissed him and left. When Miles questioned why Daniel had told him they were from the future, Daniel replied that he was simply making sure that Pierre “does what he’s supposed to do”.
Daniel then returned to the Barracks, going to Sawyer’s house, where he spoke to the assembled group there, asking if any of them knew where the Hostiles resided. Though Sawyer ordered them not to tell, Kate revealed that she knew the way. Juliet shared with Daniel the combination to the sonar fence. Jack agreed to go with Kate and Daniel to meet the Others, and they stopped at the motor pool in order to pick up weaponry. While they were there, however, Stuart Radzinsky and two other armed DHARMA members arrived, and, upon realizing that Daniel had a gun, began ordering their surrender. Daniel refused to do so, however, prompting fire from Radzinsky at his men. One of the shots grazed Daniel’s neck, but didn’t incapacitate him. After Jack fired at an fuel drum in order to push Radzinsky and his men back, Daniel, Jack and Kate grabbed a DHARMA jeep and headed to the sonar fence. There, Jack patched up Faraday’s wound before they ventured into the jungle. Once past the fence and into the jungle, Daniel revealed to them that he had been studying physics all his life, but that his recent research in Ann Arbor changed his entire view of “whatever happened, happened.” He stated that he had been so focused on the constants of time that he had completely overlooked the variables: people. He stated that he intended to detonate the hydrogen bomb in order to get the people to evacuate the Island, as well as to keep Oceanic Flight 815 from ever crashing on the Island and for the Kahana to have never come to the Island.
He then went on alone without Jack and Kate, stepping into the Others’ camp with a loaded gun, firing a few warning shots at Erik’s feet, and demanding to speak to Eloise, his mother. Richard Alpert appeared instead, telling Daniel that Eloise was not there at the time. Richard appeared not to know Daniel and asked “Do we know each other?”Daniel began counting to Richard, demanding to be taken to Eloise and asking where the bomb was.
While holding Richard at gunpoint, he was suddenly shot by a hidden Eloise. Richard admonished Eloise, telling her that Daniel hadn’t intended to shoot him. Daniel, realizing that it was Eloise who had shot him, told her that she had known all along that she would shoot him, even when she sent him to the Island back in the future. Eloise asked Daniel who he was, and he revealed to her with his dying breath that he was her son. (“The Variable”)
Post-death (On the Island)
5×15 – Follow the Leader
Daniel’s mother, Eloise, began reading his diary after his death. During her reading, she came upon a passage written in her own handwriting, which prompted her to ask her son’s companions about the man she just shot. They told her about his plans for the bomb, and she agreed to take them to it. Before she left, she reverently closed her son’s eyes. (“Follow the Leader”)
6×04 – The Substitute
Just beyond the opening of the Cliffiside cave there was an area in which Jacob had written the surnames of several candidates for the role of Protector of the Island on the walls and ceiling, and a number preceding each one. Daniel’s surname, Faraday, preceded by the number 761, had been crossed out. (“The Substitute”)
6×05 – Lighthouse
His surname was also written on The Lighthouse Wheel. According to the wheel, the number was 101. (“Lighthouse”)
In the flash sideways world, Daniel, now carrying his biological father’s last name Widmore, was a musician and classical pianist rather than a scientist.
6×11 – Happily Ever After
While he was playing the piano, he overheard Desmond ask his mother, Eloise, about Penny Milton. Later, Daniel found Desmond in his limo and invited him to talk. Daniel asked him if he believes in “love at first sight”, then told him, a few weeks ago at a museum, he had seen a red-haired woman with “these really blue, blue eyes” eating a chocolate bar. He then said once he looked at her it felt as if he had loved her all along. That same night he awoke and wrote several advanced quantum physics equations and formulas in his journal, but as a musician, he had no idea what they meant. He asked Desmond, what if this wasn’t what their lives were supposed to be? What if they had some other life and for some reason they changed it? Daniel told him he doesn’t want to set off a nuclear bomb, but that he thinks he already did. He then told Desmond that Penny Milton was his half-sister and told him when and where he can find her. (“Happily Ever After”)
6×17 – The End
While Daniel prepared for the concert, he met Charlotte Lewis, whom he recognized, but he did not remember why he recognized her.
At the request of his mother, Eloise Widmore, Desmond did not attempt to make Daniel remember his life. Therefore, he didn’t move on with everyone else at Eloise’s church. (“The End”)