UPDATE: Now that the finale has aired, check out our Lost Series Finale Review and Spoilers and share your thoughts and opinions.
The episode which aired just a couple of days ago entitled ‘Ab Aeterno‘ finally gave us Lost fans the backstory of one of the show’s most mysterious characters, Richard Alpert. In my opinion, that episode ranks up there with the best of the entire show, perhaps only being topped by episodes like ‘The Constant’, ‘Through the Looking Glass’ and ‘Walkabout’.
One of the reasons ‘Ab Aeterno’ was so damn good was because of the answers it provided. I counted at least five definitive answers to some of the show’s biggest and longest standing questions. But more on that in a minute…
Part of the fun between episodes of Lost (at least for me) is reading the title of the next episode and trying to figure out what it could mean (searching for “Ab Aeterno” in Google and finding out it meant “From the beginning of time” made me almost faint with excitement ).
Well yesterday, on the official Lost podcast, the title for the series finale episode was revealed. Don’t worry, IT’S NOT IN ANY WAY A SPOILER. You ready for it? Okay, here goes – the title of the series finale of Lost is:
That’s right, it’s that simple. I was personally hoping for and expecting “It Only Ends Once,” which is a quote from Jacob in the opening scene of the season 5 finale, ‘The Incident’. But hey, ‘The End’ works perfectly well, too. It’s obviously not terribly imaginative or creative, but it certainly puts a definitive stamp on the fact that this is the last episode of the show (although there have been rumblings that ABC wants to continue Lost in some form or fashion).
As show writer Carlton Cuse said – “I think we couldn’t probably make a more clear statement as to the fact that we are bringing our story to a close.”
Now that we know series finale title, it’s time to discuss if the show can really satisfy the loyal fans who have stuck with it for six years. The issue most people have is that there are so many mysteries that have been brought up throughout the show that it’s literally impossible for the writers to answer every single thing. It seems strange to me that people can’t just accept that this is a mysterious show set on a mysterious island with frequently mysterious occurrences – and that’s just the way it is.
Now obviously there are mysteries that have to be answered, such as “What is the Smoke Monster? Who are the Adam & Eve skeletons? What are the ultimate destinies of these characters?” But as Lindelof has said, if it’s not important to the characters themselves, then it’s not important.
I’m sure this will frustrate and even infuriate some fans of the show (or those who are constantly waiting in the wings to bash the fact that the show raises more questions than it answers), but with only 8 episodes left (that’s counting the two-hour finale as one episode) can you really see it being any other way?
The big things will be answered but don’t count on, for example, finding out who The Economist really was, or whose glass eye was found in The Arrow station by the Talies back in season 2. At this point, do those minute details really matter?
[SPOILER WARNING for those who haven't seen the episode "Ab Aeterno"]
However, for those who have been waiting on the BIG answers, I think you’ll agree “Ab Aeterno” gave us plenty. Here’s my quick rundown of the definitive answers we got in that episode:
- Richard is around 175 years old.
- Richard came to the Island as a slave on the “Black Rock” ship.
- The Black Rock and a freak storm are what caused the ancient (Egyptian?) statue to break into pieces, leaving only a foot.
- We learned how Richard came to work for Jacob and why.
- Why Jacob brings people to the Island.
Now you can’t say that Lost hasn’t been giving us answers in its final season .
With a show like Lost (heck, just about any show) you are obviously not going to please everyone with the ending. Just ask The Sopranos creator, David Chase… But I trust the Lost writers will bring us an ending that may not explain every little mystery that has ever appeared in the show, but rather one that will be a satisfying send-off for the characters we have grown attached to.
What do you make of the title chosen for the series finale of Lost? Too simple or simple and effective? Do you think the end will satisfy fans or is it fated to disappoint? Sound off in the comments section below.
Fellow Lost fans, we’re just going to have to deal with the fact that “The End” is coming, but until then we have seven other new episodes to look forward to. The next episode of Lost will air on Tuesday March 30th @ 9:oo pm, on ABC.