After 121 episodes, over 5,000 minutes and thousands more moments, here we are at the end of Lost. It’s been a grand journey and I’ll miss it greatly.
But instead of mourning, why not celebrate all the great moments Lost has given us over its six incredible seasons? We here at Screen Rant have come up with a list of 25 of those best moments and present them to you below.
Now there was debate behind-the-scenes about whether or not we should put the list in order of a countdown, but we quickly realized that would turn the list into something other than what it ought to be. Instead of a countdown, we thought we’d just list these moments in chronological order – that way it’s less of a competition between the moments and more of a celebration of them.
[NOTE: Some of the moments have been combined together because they’re linked in some way. So don’t berate the article with “Those ares two separate moments!” comments :-P . It goes without saying there’s a MAJOR SPOILER WARNING for those who haven’t seen the show from start to finish.]
Without further ado, join us as we look back on the top 25 moments of what has to be one of the most popular, talked about, thought about, theorized and just pain obsessed about shows in the history of television. Enjoy:
Jack wakes up in the jungle – Season 1, “Pilot, Part 1”
The moment that started it all – Jack’s eye opens (just one of the show’s many iconic images), he finds some mini-bottles of alcohol in his pocket, sees Vincent the dog and runs through the jungle. When he emerges from the trees onto the beach everything seems peaceful for just a few seconds. But in true Lost style, nothing is what it seems and suddenly we’re in the hellish aftermath of a plane crash.
Even with the amount of diverse characters on the show, Jack has always been at the center of it and this is solidified by the fact he’s the first person we see. A great start that hints at a lot of what’s to come: mystery, excitement, intrigue, high stakes. Not to mention it added to what was the most expensive pilot of a TV show in history to date.
Locke revealed to be in a wheelchair – Season 1, Episode 4 “Walkabout”
Even though this happens just four episodes into the show, this was undoubtedly one of the most surprising Lost moments. The writers did a great job of disguising the fact that Locke was in a wheelchair, while at the same time hinting at something we had yet to see.
The actual moment when we find out Locke is a paraplegic is simultaneously heart-breaking and uplifting: In his flashback he argues with the walkabout guide, shouting the now-classic “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” line, when we finally see that he’s actually in a wheelchair. Cut to Locke just after the plane crashed, wiggling his toes, standing up and then running to help the other survivors. Classic.
Many people point to this as the moment when they where truly hooked on the show and although I was hooked from minute one, I can certainly see their point.
Jack’s “Live together, die alone” speech – Season 1, Episode 5 “White Rabbit”
Yes, that line of dialogue has since become overused in the years of promos and whatnot (something which the show made a “wink wink” moment out of in season 3, with Jack and Rose), but that doesn’t stop the line and the rest of Jack’s speech to the castaways from being any less iconic or impactful. Along with helping to unify the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, it also helped mark Jack as a leader.
Michael, Walt, Sawyer and Jin sail off on the raft – Season 1, Episode 22 “Exodus, Part 1”
In a show filled with death, destruction, pain, suffering and frightening occurrences, it was great to finally get a truly inspirational moment filled with hope, as some of our Losties sail off in a homemade raft in search of rescue. The scene is milked for all it’s worth (if you watch it back it does go on for quite a while), but deservedly so.
This was back when we didn’t know all the craziness that was to come; back when we truly thought everything was as simple as finding rescue and getting off that island.
The destiny debate between Jack and Locke – Season 1, Episode 22 “Exodus, Part 2”
One of the fundamental questions/debates in the Lost mythology is fate versus free will. In one decisive moment, two of the show’s best characters, Jack and Locke, butt heads over the issue. At the time, Jack couldn’t have been more of a man of science, while Locke was the complete opposite: A man of faith.
Jack perhaps changed more than any of the other characters over the course of the series. Little did he know at that point that Locke’s words, “Yes you do, you just don’t know it yet,” would turn out to be completely true.
The Others take Walt – Season 1, Episode 23 “Exodus, Part 2”
One of the best and most memorable twists in Lost was when the mysterious “Others” appear out of ink-black night at sea, leading us to believe that rescue had finally been found. However, just when we think things are going to turn out well, we hear the dreaded words, “We’re going to have to take the boy.” After that, we were left to wonder between seasons who took young Walt, where they took him and why.
Desmond down in the Hatch – Season 2, Episode 1 “Man of Science, Man of Faith”
Although not as effective upon repeat viewings as it was upon the first, the opening of season 2 when it’s revealed what’s down in the mysterious Hatch is still easily one of the top moments of Lost. I don’t know about you, but I honestly thought it was a flashback of Jack, before he became a doctor and all that (what with the long hair).
The use of the Mama Cass song “Make Your Own Kind of Music” was pure genius and I really love the way the camera makes its way up the Hatch shaft to reveal Jack, Locke and Kate looking down – exactly how we were left at the end of season 1.
Talk about opening up a can of worms.
Jack/Locke Faith Debate Pt. 2 – Season 2, Episode 3 “Orientation”
The second science vs. faith head-butting between Jack and Locke on our list occurred when Jack returned to the Hatch and told Locke the numbers. Locke said that Jack had to be the one to push the button but Jack didn’t want to, because he didn’t think anything would happen if he didn’t (something which is mirrored in the season 6 episode “The Candidate”).
Locke asked Jack why he found it so hard to believe and Jack replied by asking why Locke found it so easy. Locke replied that it’s never been easy for him. Before the timer ran down, Jack made a leap of faith and pushed the button. Electrifying stuff.
Ana Lucia shoots Shannon – Season 2, Episode 6 “Abandoned”
The long-awaited coming together of the main Losties and the tail-section survivors occurs in the worst of ways. Shannon follows Walt through the jungle at just the wrong moment as Ana Lucia gets freaked out by the whispers and shoots at whoever is moving through the trees. Unfortunately it turns out to be Shannon and she falls dead in Sayid’s arms.
Just when Sayid had found someone to love other than Nadia, she is snatched away from him. Other than Shannon’s brother, Boone, this was the first truly shocking death of a character we really cared about.
Michael murders Ana Lucia and Libby – Season 2, Episode 20 “Two for the Road”
I think this moment has to go down as one of the most shocking of the entire series. Ana Lucia had stolen a gun from Sawyer so that she could shoot Ben (or “Henry Gale” as we referred to him at that point) after he tried to kill her. Michael offers to do it for her when she realizes she can’t do it. Michael says, “I’m sorry,” and out of nowhere shoots Ana Lucia dead.
What makes this even more of a horrifying and shocking moment is the fact that Libby walks in and Michael accidentally shoots her, too (twice!). Even if Ana Lucia and Libby weren’t the two most popular characters on the show, this was a memorable and devastating moment nonetheless, primarily because it was one of the main crash survivors that was responsible for the betrayal.
The Others’ Domestic Life Revealed – Season 3, Episode 1 “A Tale of Two Cities”
It became a trademark of Lost to start off each season with a scene that’s more than what it seems at first. In season 3 it was a blonde woman preparing her house for a book club meeting, to the song “Downtown” by Petula Clark. During the argumentative book club the ground starts rumbling and when the characters run outside to see what’s going on, we suddenly see some faces we recognize like Ben/Henry Gale, Ethan and Goodwin. When they look up in the sky we see Oceanic Flight 815 breaking apart in mid-air.
After some quick instructions from Ben to Ethan and Goodwin to pretend they’re survivors, Ben says, “I guess I’m out of the book club.” We then get the cherry on top of the cake when the camera zooms out to reveal the “savage Others” are actually living in a very civilized, well-constructed village right on the island. A great opening to what I believe is the most underrated season of the show.
Locke’s crippling revealed – Season 3, Episode 13 “The Man from Tallahassee”
One of THE mysteries up until this episode was how Locke ended up in a wheelchair in the first place. The explanation was both satisfying and shocking for the audience. As if Locke’s con artist father couldn’t get any worse, he cripples his son.
Locke confronts his father over his attempt to marry a woman to con her out of her money. When Locke’s father (the original Sawyer?) tells him to go ahead and call the woman to check that he really has left her alone, out of nowhere he tackles Locke and throws him out of a high-rise window. Poor Locke just couldn’t catch a break, could he?
Ben and Locke visit Jacob’s cabin – Season 3, Episode 20 “The Man Behind the Curtain”
Certainly one of the creepiest moments of Lost is when Ben takes Locke to see Jacob in his mysterious cabin. Once inside, Ben appears to be putting on an elaborate show (talking to an empty chair, for instance) but then we hear a mysterious voice say, “Help me,” and when Locke shines his light in the direction of the voice, everything starts to go crazy.
A truly memorable “WTF” moment that’s still captivating, even in retrospect.
Charlie’s death – Season 3, Episode 23 “Through the Looking Glass, Part 2”
For me this is one of the top moments of the entire series. There are certainly other contenders, but I’d say this is also the saddest and most affecting death. After being told repeatedly by Desmond that he’s going to die, no matter what, Charlie decides to sacrifice himself in order to help secure rescue for our Lost castaways.
After slamming the door to an underwater hatch closed to stop the whole facility from sinking, Charlie’s final act is to hold up his hand to Desmond, showing the words “Not Pennys Boat” – a revelation that the freighter that was headed for the island had a much more sinister purpose than rescuing our Losties. Charlie then makes the sign of the cross as he drowns.
Boy, I’m tearing up just thinking about it!
The “flash-forwards” revealed – Season 3, Episode 23 “Through the Looking Glass, Part 2”
If ever there was a game-changer in Lost it would be this: the moment when it was revealed that at least Jack and Kate had gotten off the island. The whole episode we were led to believe that the cut scenes were yet another flashback for Jack (not least by Jack mentioning his father as if he was still alive), but during the climax, when Jack meets Kate near the airport and shouts those last words, “We have to go back, Kate. We have to go back!” I (and probably you) was utterly speechless.
Desmond and Penny’s phone call – Season 4, Episode 5 “The Constant”
There are many great moments throughout this episode, which is probably a contender for best of series. While his consciousness jumps back and forth in time, Desmond tries to make sure that his true love, Penny, gives him a phone number in the past so that he can reach her eight years in the future. In the present day, on the freighter, Desmond manages to call Penny and what follows is one of the most emotional, heart-wrenching scenes I’ve ever seen.
A perfectly played out moment between the two characters that arguably make up Lost‘s greatest love story, all within an episode that took a supposed five weeks just to plan and execute. It was worth the effort.
Ben’s daughter is murdered – Season 4, Episode 9 “The Shape of Things To Come”
I really didn’t expect the writers to actually the go the route they did at this moment: As Ben was holed up in one of the Dharma houses, the despicable mercenary, Keamy, has his daughter outside and threatens to kill her if Ben doesn’t come out of the house and surrender. I honestly never expected Keamy to actually kill Alex – but that’s exactly what he did.
The last words Ben’s daughter ever heard was him saying she meant to nothing to him. A guilt that Ben never truly got over.
Ben moves the Island – Season 4, Episode 14 “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 3”
For some reason the moments that stand out for me tend to be the shocking ones. But I have to say, even as a hardcore Lost fan, I took a while to even comprehend this one.
Taking on the responsibility of “moving the Island” (I don’t know if anyone thought that was meant to be taken so literally), Ben goes underground to large half-frozen wheel and turns it. All of a sudden the sky lights up and just as everything goes back to normal we see the Island literally disappear, leaving Jack, Kate and the rest of the Oceanic 6 nowhere to land a helicopter that is fast running out of fuel. A stunning moment in a typically memorable Lost season finale.
Locke revealed in the coffin – Season 4, Episode 14 “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 3”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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 :-) ) 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”
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”
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.
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.