Top 25 Moments From 6 Years of ‘Lost’

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Locke revealed in the coffin – Season 4, Episode 14 “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 3″

Lost Top 25 Moments Locke in the coffin Top 25 Moments From 6 Years of Lost

Here we have yet another one of Lost‘s great twists. The mystery of who was in the coffin had been hovering over season 4, but when the corpse was revealed I don’t think there was anyone who didn’t need help lifting their jaw off of the floor. The way in which they chose to reveal it was key – “We’re gonna’ have to bring him, too,” Ben tells Jack, and the camera swoops over the coffin lid to reveal Locke lying dead, laying the ground work for a lot of the plot to come in seasons 5 and 6.

Ben strangles Locke to death – Season 5, Episode 7 “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”

Lost Top 25 Moments Ben strangles Locke to death Top 25 Moments From 6 Years of Lost

We knew for a while that John Locke was going to end up dead, after seeing him in the coffin back at the end of season 4. But just how he got there was just one of the many lingering mysteries.

After several unsuccessful attempts at convincing those that left the Island to go back, Locke gets to the point where he believes he’s a failure and tries to kill himself. Just before he does, however, Ben arrives and talks him out of it. As we begin to think that maybe Locke won’t die after all, and him being in the coffin was just be smoke and mirrors, Ben proceeds to strangle poor Locke to death with the very same cord he had tried to kill himself with just moments earlier.

The biggest betrayal since Michael shot Ana Lucia and Libby, this is undoubtedly a highlight moment of the mind-bending season that was Lost season 5, and of the show as a whole.

Conversation between Jacob and the Man in Black – Season 5, Episode 17 “The Incident, Part 1″

Lost Top 25 Moments Jacob and Man in Black conversation Top 25 Moments From 6 Years of Lost

If I had to pick a moment as my personal favorite, it would be this. Up until the season 5 finale we’d only heard about Jacob, but it was never clear whether he was even real or not. I never really expected to see him and yet “The Incident” gave us a healthy dose of Jacob and how he affected the lives of a lot of our Losties.

However, the moment that sticks out is when Jacob and a mysterious man dressed in black have one of the most important exchanges of dialogue of the entire show:

“They come, they fight, they destroy, they corrupt. It always ends the same.”

“It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.”

After that we get our first real look at the mysterious four-toed statue as the Man in Black walks off the beach.

We were dropped into an unknown point in time and presented with this scene that foreshadowed the rest of the final arch of the Lost mythology.

Ben murders Jacob – Season 5, Episode 17 “The Incident, Part 2″

Lost Top 25 Moments Ben stabs Jacob Top 25 Moments From 6 Years of Lost

A lot happened in the Lost season 5 finale and this was without a doubt one of the standout moments. We finally get to see Jacob (in the present) and Ben finally confronts him after all the years of taking orders from a man he’d never seen in the flesh.

The Man in Black’s plan to manipulate Ben into killing Jacob (the loophole he referred to in the beach conversation) had finally worked out as planned. Jacob insisted that Ben has a choice; Ben asks Jacob, “What about me?” and after Jacob dismisses him by replying, “What ABOUT you?” Ben proceeds to stab Jacob and then the Man in Black kicks him into the fire.

We’d only seen Jacob for the first time in that very same episode and yet here he appeared to have been killed. In hindsight, things worked in a way that made sense but at the time it was baffling that Jacob would be out of the picture so quickly and easily.

Juliet’s Death – Season 5, Episode 17 “The Incident, Part 2″

Lost Top 25 Moments Juliet falls down the hatch shaft Top 25 Moments From 6 Years of Lost

After an intense fight between the Losties and the Dharma goons above the Hatch shaft, and Jack dropping the bomb down the shaft, an electromagnetic rupture drags all metal down the shaft. Unfortunately, Juliet gets caught up in some chains and dragged down with everything else.

Sawyer grabs hold of her hand and desperately tries to pull her up – but to no avail.¬† Juliet’s a goner. She loses her grip on Sawyer’s hand (or let’s go?) and falls seemingly to her death. But a little while later we see that Juliet isn’t dead, although very badly injured at the bottom of the Hatch shaft.

In one last act of defiance she bangs repeatedly on the bomb (a total of eight times, if you notice icon smile Top 25 Moments From 6 Years of Lost ) until it presumably explodes and we were left with a white screen (instead of the usual black), wondering if Daniel and Jack’s plan to reset the timeline really worked.

Sun and Jin’s Death – Season 6, Episode 15 “The Candidate”

Lost Top 25 Moments Death of Sun and Jin Top 25 Moments From 6 Years of Lost

As Lost was coming to an end, the stakes really were high and evidently no character was safe from death. After the Man in Black tricked most of the Losties into boarding the submarine (getting them in a “nice confined space with no hopes of getting out of”), a C4 bomb he had planted was detonated in a heroic act of self-sacrifice and redemption by Sayid.

However, that still left the submarine ruptured and filling up with water. Sayid’s death kind of felt like it was a long time coming, but I was shocked and devastated that Sun and Jin were killed after only a short reunion (they were apart for almost 30 episodes!). Instead of leaving Sun to die alone, Jin chose to stay with her and kept his promise of never being apart from her again (one problem with the scene was a total dismissal of the fact they had a daughter who would be orphaned). Holding hands they drowned and then their bodies drifted apart.

It was especially smart of the writers to include a scene afterwards where Jack, Kate and Hurley mourned the deaths of their friends on the beach. In a season filled with mythology and general mystery, this was one of the standout emotional moments. You’re dead inside if you didn’t well up at least a little.

The death of EVERYONE – Season 6, Episode 17 “The End”

Lost Top 25 Moments End of the show Top 25 Moments From 6 Years of Lost

Finally we come to the last top moment on the list and the last moment of the show in general. For six years people have waited on answers and to find out the fate of the Oceanic Flight 815 survivors. What we got with the series finale was a poignant and satisfying conclusion (to at least the character’s journeys), even if every single question wasn’t fully answered.

Towards the end we saw the Losties in a kind of “pre-afterlife.” Personally I think it was an unexpected yet perfect ending to the show. The writers really did an amazing job showing us this sideways timeline all season, while still saving the big reveal of this alternate universe until the very end.

Finally, to tie things off and bring everything full circle, Jack lays down in the exact spot he first awoke in the Pilot and closes his eye.

Top 25 Lost Moments Jack closes his eye Top 25 Moments From 6 Years of Lost

The end brought things back to what the show has always been about at its core – characters. Sure there’s a polar bear, a smoke monster, mysterious cursed numbers, a ship in the middle of the Island and a light source that needs protecting (to name just a few Lost mysteries) but the characters are the real focal point of Lost and I’m so glad they went that route in ending the show.


Lost has been a great ride full of moments of mystery, excitement, emotion, joy, pain and everything else in between. I am not exaggerating in saying that I think it’s the single greatest television show ever made. Was it perfect? No, of course not. But what TV show or movie ever¬† is? Even the flawed aspects are still at least interesting. I’m sure I’m not alone in looking forward to going back and watching the entire series many times over with new eyes.

So there you have it, Screen Rant‘s list of the top 25 moments from Lost. What do you think? Agree with the list or think we’re crazy for including the ones we did and not others? What moments would you put on YOUR list? Let us known in the comments section below.

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  1. Great show, great finale…
    I’m sure others have said this, but:
    I believe the island was clearly defined in Season 1 when Locke was explaining Backgammon to Walt. Backgammon is all about getting your players, who are scattered on the board, to the end. During the game, you can be knocked out and have to start over…but you have to continue in the same direction until you finish the game. Some get to the finish line quicker than others, but the game isn’t over until ALL the players have reached the finish. I think that’s what the whole show was…one big Backgammon game!! Even young Jacob and his brother were playing some game that resembled Backgammon (black rock vs white rock, evil vs good, dark vs light) Was this just a coincidence? I don’t think so…
    Of course, there was much more to the show than just my simple analogy, but I think the Island was being used like a big game of Backgammon!

    • That’s pretty brilliant, TFG.

      One of my favorite moments was the freighter blowing up and Yunjin Kim’s devestating cries out to her husband. Breaks my heart every time.

      • That is a powerful scene in the 3part grouping “there’s no place like home. I just finished watcing part 1 of that series. It’s se04 ep01. Watch the last 5 minutes turning the sound up after Ben says: ” how many times do I have to tell you John, I always have a plan”. Let the wonderful Michael Giacchino home. The editing is spectacular embracing the metaphor of one door opening as another closes. It begins with Sun stepping out the door of the freighter onto the deck. Kate, Sayiid and Richard each came through foliage and walk out of the jungle. As Jack and Sawyer leave the scene of the firefight the door of the copter is behind them. Ben told Locke to step through the hole in the wall, walk 20 paces and turn left until he gets to the alcove, at the Antheuriums, reach down turn the handle and the elevator will take him down to the Orchid Station. Whoa, exclaims Hurley… Openings through jungle passages, an open door on the freighter, gateway paths out of the bush, open helicopter doors, hole in the wall, alcove and an elevator door. The look in the eyes of the characters and their expressions are resolute in the the same steadfast manner. The music powers one of the best collation of characters on the edge of time about to change.

    • Once you begin to think of the Island as a character that thought will never leave your mind.

  2. I would have added the part where Sawyer gets dragged out of the cage to be executed. The rain, Kate begging Sawyer to fight back and him telling her Close her eyes and not watch. Had me choked up.

    • Yes definitely agree. One of the best moments of season three. Of course not including through the looking glass

  3. One of my favorite scenes that no one has mentioned is in the season 1 finale when Sawyer is cutting the bamboo for the raft mast. Jack shows up to give Sawyer a gun when Sawyer tells him the story of meeting Jack’s father in a bar a week before the crash. The look on Jack’s face is priceless.

    • I was reading the list wishing for this scene to show up! I swear it is one of the best scenes of the series

  4. When Sawyer kills Anthony Cooper.
    When Kate begs for Sawyer to fight back and he tells her to close her eyes.
    When Boone dies and Aaron is born, beautiful scene.
    I love lost.

      • wat

  5. I was hoping that one of the “event” companies who sponsor the opera and baseball game viewing in the movies would show the last two episodes in the movies too. I wanted to see the ending in a darkened theater with hundreds of other Lost fans. It still was great! No one mentioned Kate shooting “Fake Locke.” That was her redemption.

  6. I have been watching TV for more than 60 years and in my opinion LOST is the greatest story of all time… of all time. It is the most compelling and commanding story I have ever seen on television. Episode 77, The Constant, is a central nugget and the conversation between Desmond and Penny is without a doubt among the best 7 minutes ever filmed.

  7. When sun and Jin die was so was sad they were my favorite characters /:

  8. How about when Sawyer tells Jack about meeting his father?

  9. How about when Jack gets Kate to tell him the story while stitching up Ben, He tells her to run? Emotional moment, That’s an awesome part I think!

  10. When Walt tells Locke on the street he had a dream about him, he was sitting on a beach and everyone around him wants to kill him… later on in the episode, who’s sitting on a beach with a black blanket wrapped around him with the rest of ajira’s survivors? Locke of course… Alive! Epic…

  11. There are too many great moments to mention. I just finished a three week marathon of the entire series and it will haunt me for a long time. One of my favorite moments has to be when Sawyer, Jin, Charlie and Hurley got the van running and were driving around laughing, drinking beer and for a few moments at least, forgetting their problems and differences. It was a laugh/cry moment that I will always remember.

    • Yes! That is one of my favorite moments too and I feel exactly the same way! That moment was just so joyful, and it makes me so happy every time I watch it.

  12. Excellent list. I just finished this show and it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever gone through in any TV series or movie. My personal favorite list includes most of these and a few others. How about the Others’ purge of the DHARMA Initiative in “The Man Behind the Curtain”? Also, one of the most emotional moments for me was in Season 6 when Hurley reunited Richard with the spirit of his dead wife Isabella. Finally, I would add the Smoke Monster’s massacre at the temple in Season 6 as a personal favorite, especially at the end when Locke and Sayid are walking away with that creepy music playing.

  13. Good list. I would move The Constant scene up further on the list, probably top three. For me the scene in Ab Aeterno where Hurley translates to Richard for Isabel is a top ten moment.

    • Episode 77 The Constant is a seminal piece in the puzzle of Lost. The final 7 minutes is among the best I’ve seen in 60 years watching TV. When Des leaves the apartment of Penny he is unsure of himself. However as the camera angle changes facing upward we see Penny closing the curtains on their relationship. Yet as Des begins to walk a smile comes to his face. He is looking forward confident in the knowledge he found his constant. Penny, Penny, my god is that that you Penny. Yeah, yeah, is that you Does? I love you Penny, I’ve always loved you. 7946 0893, it’s a London number.

  14. I pretty much have the same views as this guy who wrote this out. I have only one moment that I wish to add that always goes under the radar. When Eko dies he is seen walking into a light with his brother. I believe this is where Eli ‘moved on’. And since the actor who portrayed Eko didn’t come back for the finale i always cling to this notion of closure for Mr. Eko. Even Michael, Ben and Walt moved on separately from the Losties so I believe we had an early glimpse into this pre after life I’m that scene.

      • I 100 percent agree. I think Sawyer and Juliet were perfect for each other, and it moved me to see how much he loved her, and how devastated he was when she died.

  15. How can you leave out the cage scene between Kate&Sawyer? It’s one of the most famous scenes.

  16. also, Sawyer jumping from the helicopter!

    • True that was a really heart breaking moment, even though I ship Sawyer and Juliet.

  17. Hi, so I know this is five years late, and whoever writes these articles probably won’t see this, because maybe you’ve moved on, or at least gotten to the point where you don’t blog about it anymore, but I just wanted to say that I’ve read a few of these articles and I just really enjoy reading them. Lost was before my time, but these help me to imagine what it would have been like to have the experience of watching Lost as it aired. Anyway, in response to this particular article, I first would just like to thank you for acknowledging Sayid’s sacrifice of himself, because I agree that it was very heroic, and I feel that his death is often overshadowed by the death of Sun and Jin, which I know, was very sad, but they are only gone for one episode before the finally, so it wasn’t as sad as other deaths, such as Charlie’s, which was three seasons before the finally and EXTREMELY sad. Also, on the topic of Charlie’s death, it was frustrating that Sun and Jin died due to drowning, and it was a very emotional moment, because Charlie drowned first and it was so emotional, but people don’t refer to his death nearly as often. They even used similar depressing music in the background of their deaths! In addition, like Sayid, the characters didn’t cry or anything when Charlie died (except for Hurley and Claire), even though he actually died, like Sayid, in an attempt to save the lives of others, whereas Sun and Jin did not die in sacrifice, yet the characters cried for their deaths. It was especially disappointing that the only time that they even acknowledged Sayid’s death was when Jack yelled “THERE IS NO SAYID!”.

    In response to your actual question, I will share some of my favorite moments of Lost that you didn’t list, which I think are truly great. Your list is quite admirable, however I would consider this more like ‘The 25 Most Powerful Moments of Lost’, rather than greatest, being that many of the moments that you listed were very sad. Firstly, one of Lost’s greatest moments in my mind was when Hurley and Charlie fixed the Dharma van, and proceeded to ride around in it with Sawyer, Jin, and Vincent in season 3 episode 10 ‘Tricia Tanaka is Dead’. This moment is just very joyous and inspirational, and it never fails to put a smile on my face. Another great moment of Lost was in season 5 episode 8 ‘La Fleur’ when Sawyer and Jin reunite with Jack, Kate, and Hurley, because you can just feel the shock of everyone in that situation, especially that of Jack, Kate, and Hurley of the fact that Sawyer and Jin are in the Dharma Initiative. I also was just very happy to see them all back together again, and I just really like that episode in general. Those are just the first two great moments of Lost that came to mind, but I could definitely think of many more!

    If you do see this, I would be absolutely thrilled if you would respond! I don’t really get to discuss Lost with many people and I would love to hear more of your thoughts, or anyone else’s, if anyone else sees this!

    • Hey Kendra,
      Thoughts on the Finale?

      • Okay so first of all, I don’t think that they were all dead the entire time, since people died, and Jack and the others go back to the real world and everything. I really, really loved the finally, because I was glad that everyone was able to reunite and we got to see all of the characters that died come back. I’m sort of confused on what happened to Jin and Sun’s daughter, Desmond and Penny’s son, and Jack and Juliet’s fake son. It was kind of upsetting that Ben didn’t get to go with them, because even though he made A LOT of mistakes, you have to love Ben, but I do see why they did that. Also, this is sort of random but I thought it was weird that Sayid ended up with Shannon and not Nadia because he did the Man in Black’s bidding in order to get Nadia back, and he killed all of those people for Ben right after she died, but it was weird, because I think in season 6 when he agreed to do what the Man in Black wanted hime to, he said “the only thing I ever loved died in my arms”, it seemed like he was referring to Nadia, however both Shannon and Nadia died in his arms, and it seemed like he loved both of them, so that was a bit confusing. I also really liked how Desmond was the first to remember, and he Hurley made that plan to get everyone together, and then one by one they all remembered their time on the island together. So yeah even though a lot of people didn’t like the ending, I thought the ending of Lost was amazing

        • Thank You! I loved the “finally” (Finale) I think a lot of people got upset coz a lot the questions never got answered. But I’ve always thought the show was more about the characters and their relationship to each other. So I thought it was really well done that they went through the season being “Lost” in their chaotic lives only to find each other at the end. I think Sayid ends up with Shannon because that’s what happened to her in Real life and what happened to the other girl only happened during the alternate life. I think, it’s been a couple of years since I religiously watched it. But one of my favorite/powerful moments was (if u missed it earlier) in Season 2 when they’re about to kill Sawyer and he tells Kate to close her eyes. Also the scenes when they all go play golf. And yes when they fix the Dharma Van and they go for a joyride is what Hurley is always about and w/ his bad luck w/ the lottery glad to see things got better for him at the end. But whatever happen to Walt and they kept saying Claire’s baby was evil and bad (when she sees the fortune teller in Australia before she leaves) who was your favorite “couple” Juliet and Sawyer was mine. Coz u could actually see him change and how much he meant to her. And if any what did you NOT like about the show?

          • Haha wow that’s embarrassing, I meant Finale! I must have been suffering from lack of sleep, but I’m good now. I agree that Lost was more about the characters. Also, Nadia did die in real life, just saying haha. And yes, I agree that the scene when the others are about to kill Sawyer was a powerful moment. i forgot about when they play golf, but I loved that scene! The whole Walt situation was one of the most confusing parts of the show, I think. Especially when Shannon sees him when the others have him, and when Locke sees him after Ben shot Locke. Also in the flash back when Walt gets mad that his parents are ignoring him and then the bird crashes into the door was really creepy and weird. But I kind of feel bad that he doesn’t get to go with them at the end, because the island was probably the most important time in his life, too. And for Claire’s baby, I thought that was weird too, especially since the psychic guy came back in that flashback for Mr. Eko, and he said that he wasn’t actually a real psychic. But a theory that I had was that maybe Claire needed Aaron to prevent her from becoming evil. My favorite couple was Charlie and Claire, but Sawyer and Juliet are definitely a close second! The thing that I dislike about Lost the most was that Charlie died at the end of Season 3, because he is my favorite character, and his death was just annoying and unnecessary, because he and Desmond could have easily gotten out of the station before it flooded! Another thing that I was really annoyed about was that when Charlie left his ring for Aaron, he never got it and Claire didn’t find it or anything, I also wish that Claire never lost Aaron, because when she was “infected her character completely changed, and she was nothing like her old self, and same with Sayid. Similarly to the drastic change of character of Claire and Sayid, it was upsetting that the MAn in Black took John Locke’s body, because it left a bad connotation with the true John Locke. And then, I obviously wish more questions had been answered. One of my biggest questions is what happened to Ben’s childhood friend Annie?


  18. Two moments that i think you missed: boone dying from the yellow plane, and sawyer jumping out of the helicopter