First off: These three characters creep me out the most. And have we ever seen them in the same place at the same time? I think Mrs. Hawking is Ellie from the Island, Faraday's mother, (and I also believe that she fathered Daniel with Widmore) so Alpert and her were on the island in the 50's together-so yes there if she is the same Ellie, but Abbadon is pretty choosy about who he's on screen with, no?
Names have always been chalked full of meaning in Lost-and with these three here's how I break it down. Richard Alpert became Ram Dass, a very spiritual man-his books speak of dharmic ways of living-and he doesn't adhere to one particular religion, much like the recurring religious themes on the show (while they lean towards Christianity, they can still be viewed as religions as a "whole" so to speak. Read: Be Here Now by Ram Dass) So he's the "good" so to speak. Matthew Abbadon is just scary. I get chills when that guy comes on. Abbadon means Satan so there's your "evil". Now for Mrs. Hawking-Stephen Hawking-Science-We've pulled in the shows major shifts from Season1 to now-from the recurring religious inclinations to redemption to all things pyschics. Also, she seems to be the most matter of fact, telling Desmond "everyone must die" (Cept Alpert apparently!!!)And, speaking of Alpert and my theory of good vs evil...She tells Ben upon hearing that Hurley is in jail and may not be able to return to the island, "God help us all".....Ok so it's a stretch but could these 3 be the head of the the three major themes in Lost? Good vs Evil, Nature vs Science? And where does Jacob tie in? And I'm wondering too if Abbadon is the Smoke Monster in some form? And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key of the shaft of the bottomless pit; he opened the shaft of the bottomless pit and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft." (Revelation 9:1-2)
"Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth; they were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those of mankind who have not the seal of God upon their foreheads; they were allowed to torture them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torture was like the torture of a scorpion, when it stings a man. And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death will fly from them." (Revelation 9:3-6)
Matthew, however, means gift from God. Gift from God and hell? Absolutely would tie in with Eko's death.....Richard Alpert's real life counter part's name changed to Ram Dass as mentioned above-which means servant to God.
So Eloise has made a return, we are told that Abaddon will be making a return, and are expanding on Alpert's character this season. I think the ties that bind will be greater than expected