We really weren't that surprised when Ana Lucia put a bullet in Shannon's heart on last week's "Lost."
"You know it was inevitable," laughed Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Ana Lucia.
Since her breakout role in 2000's film "Girlfight," Rodriguez has built a career playing tough chicks, each one more relentless than the last.
On "Lost," she has emerged as the island badass.
"It's either that or be some vulnerable chick in a relationship," she said, "or rip your clothes off."
Ripping someone's face off is more like it.
Sawyer - with whom Ana Lucia has an immediate if slightly spiteful sexual chemistry - called her "Rambina" (one of the kinder names he used for her).
Then he threatened to kill her. But that was after she socked him in the jaw and tossed him in a ditch.
But it's all foreplay.
"You never know with two people who are complete opposites - one responsible, one a complete joker," said Rodriguez. "It's hot when two polar opposites get together. I think it's more interesting that way."
Producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof are indeed cooking up a love "quadrangle" between Ana Lucia, Sawyer, Kate and Jack.
In a future episode, we'll see Kate hovering tenderly over a still ailing Sawyer.
"Our goal was to have more romance in the show this season," said Cuse. "We're very much going to explore the relationship between the four of them."
On tomorrow's episode, "The Other 48 Days" (9 p.m. ABC), the harrowing days endured by the other castaways is revealed. We'll also see more of Ana Lucia's airport meeting with Jack (Matthew Fox). And Ana Lucia's steely exterior will show signs of strain.
"You see some of that" in tomorrow's episode, she said. "I'm an open book. It's hard for me to keep things inside. And there are times when I'm like, [Ana Lucia] is too intense, she's too tough and every time I start to bitch, I get another script, and boom, the switcheroo."
The puppet masters confirm they're not done pulling Ana Lucia's strings.
"Exactly what is going on with her character will be one of the big surprises this season," said Cuse.
They won't answer any specific questions about the mysterious "others" on the island or the bizarre whispering presence, but Rodriguez has her own theory grounded not in black magic but in technology.
Because they're kidnapping children, she said, "I can only assume that the others are a genetically enhanced race who can't procreate and that's why they're stealing kids. And I'm thinking that the reason why all these crazy whispers are going on is they have some sort of machine, kind of like the Wizard of Oz's, where it's this guy behind this gadget."
comment: well this sounds interesting. looks like theyre screwing with michelle rodriguez's character. always changing her. do you think writers/producers would have us continue to despise her as the killer of shannon or they tricked us with great editing. because of previews of tailies section shows the vulnerable side of her. and don't like the idea of the quadrangle at all.