Advertisements Right. That's just my interpretation of what was going on since we don't know for sure how the sideways world worked. If the world was more of a virtual world, then the characters could have set things in motion, and after that things played out more naturally, meaning Sawyer's consciousness didn't have any control over whether or not he found Cooper. I disagree with that interpretation, but it's a possibility. Well, it started for us with that. But I'm not sure there was a "start" for the characters. And if there was, I think it would have to have been earlier since things from the past like Jack's surgery and Ben and his father leaving the island were different.