"Desmond, Ben and Locke had the most compelling storylines. Those three characters were close to – what do you want to call it – the trunk of the mythology of the show. And their issues were simple themes: faith and redemption. All the regulars fell under that heading, but those three were closest to the pounding heart of the island. Ben, I think, exemplifies the course of an ambitious man who makes some bad compromises. He's shown his errors and is asked in a variety of ways to atone. Desmond most closely parallels the fans' experience of the show. He was a skeptic who was confused by events around him that he couldn't explain; he tried to deny things and was eventually made to take a leap of faith."