‘Lost’ Series Finale Review & Spoilers Discussion

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:13 pm,

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[UPDATE: If you're feeling like the series finale left a ton of unanswered questions, check out our in-depth Lost Finale Explanation.]

This is it. The day that Lost fans have been waiting for. After six years, we now know the whole story of what happened to the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 on its way to Los Angeles. Never before has a crash on a mysterious island been, well, so mysterious.

For now we’re putting this up for you to discuss the Lost season/series finale and we’ll update it with our in-depth review shortly after the the show airs.

Considering Lost is such a unique show, it’s only appropriate that the final episode be as unique. With two-and-a-half hours to wrap up the series, all your questions should have been answered. Alright, maybe not all of your questions – finale or not, this is Lost after all.

Of course, when it comes down to it, it’s not about whether all your questions have been answered or what exactly happened to Hurley’s CD player when the batteries died, it’s about the journey and whether you loved the series finale or hated it, you can’t deny one thing… this has been one hell of a journey.

That being said, if you’re posting comments here, assume that anyone in the conversation has seen the series finale of Lost – if you haven’t seen the episode, what are you doing here? Get to your TV and watch one of the most talked about finales in television history.

In all honesty, if you’ve yet to see the finale, I would highly recommend that you don’t read these comments here until you have. You’ve been warned.

Review –

The screen has cut to black for the final time on Lost. The epic conclusion to one of the most critically acclaimed television shows in history has aired, leaving only one question – did creators Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof give fans a finale worthy of all the anticipation?

Okay, maybe that’s not the only question that remains.

It’s been an incredible season, with a solid mix of shocking moments and deserving reveals, but Lost definitely saved the best for last.

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Of course, some viewers will still be frustrated by the amount of interpretation (or lack of irrefutable answers) sill left in the wake of the finale, but I thought the balance between closing up the plot, while refraining from spelling-out every imaginable answer, was well handled. Though Lost has become popular on the basis of the hook, “what’s going to happen next” – the primary focus of the series has always been the characters.

Ultimately, the finale did a great job of completing these stories. There were a number of especially powerful moments – Jack and Christian’s reunion, Locke’s post-surgery recovery, Ben and Hurley teaming up to run the island, and Locke and Jack watching from above as Desmond is lowered into the heart of the island (a throwback to the season 1 finale). Both Locke and Jack’s deaths felt like natural conclusions – moments they’d been led toward from the start of the series (i.e. handled significantly better than the death’s of Jin and Sun).

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The off-island reunion, which could have felt forced, ultimately ended up serving as nice opportunity to reunite with characters we hadn’t gotten to see in a long time: Boone, Shannon, and Juliet (though, where was Mr. Eko?) – giving closure to some of the character’s who were sacrificed along the way. The flashes to the island also did a great job of not only allowing viewers a glimpse at how far we have come, but also provided a few of the most touching moments of the night – especially Charlie and Claire’s reunion.

The on-island drama did a solid job of clarifying a few of the more subtle points developed over the series, while also driving the characters toward the inevitable show-down between Jack and Locke – as well as the fate of the island. The dialogue between Locke and Jack was especially poignant – drawing from years worth of personal history and summing up the evolution of Jack’s movement from a man of science to a man of faith.

The passing of the torch to Hurley was also great. Though having to watch the group fumble around for a water bottle to complete the initiation ritual made what was a surprising and enjoyable moment – sort of awkward.

One question that wasn’t answered – and the only thing that felt like a missing piece of the puzzle was the lack of closure to Sawyer’s “Anthony Cooper” plot-line (brought up early in the off-island sideways).

Sure there are numerous questions that haven’t been resolved, but this particular plot-thread was the only one re-emphasized this season – and then completely dropped. Maybe it’s just the fact that the Juliet/Sawyer relationship has always felt a bit rushed (from the viewer’s perspective) – and their moment at the vending machine was all the closure we ended up getting for Sawyer – one of the most interesting characters on the show.

Then of course, the show ended. Given the fact that Lost has shot multiple endings in the past, (coupled with speculation over the “endings” that aired on Kimmel), there’s been a lot of theorizing about whether or not Cuse and Lindelof had other ideas for how to end the series – theorizing the creators have repeatedly dismissed.

The “moving on” reunion was the only ending envisioned for Lost. While it may not be the definitive, end-all, that some question-eager fans would have liked, it offered proper closure to the story of the characters we were introduced to with the crash of Flight 815.

Final Thoughts -

The Lost series finale succeeded in the same way as the literary works that inspired it. It may not have answered every mystery or attempted to tie-up hundreds of years worth of island mythology but, like any great work of storytelling, the finale made us think.

Lost has carried viewers excitedly from episode to episode and sparked countless conversations around the water cooler, challenging viewers with subjects ranging from spirituality to time-travel – some of the greatest questions of the the universe.

Ultimately the biggest question that remains, at least for me, is: just how long it’ll be before Disney announces a Lost spin-off feature film or television series. Cuse and Lindelof have been adamant about not being interested in telling any more Lost stories but, ultimately, Disney owns the franchise.

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The Target commercials that aired during the finale definitely hint at a dark future for the franchise.

Personally, I hope this is the last we see of Lost - instead of having to watch the show get tarnished by a series of money-grabs (especially if Cuse and Lindelof aren’t at the helm).

What did you think of the Lost series finale? How do you interpret the ending? Are you hoping for more Lost (in the form of a film or new series) or are you ready to let go?

Confused by the ending? Check out our in-depth Lost Finale Explanation.

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Thanks to Anthony Ocasio for getting the spoiler discussion rolling.

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  1. OMGWTFBBQ!

    So how the hell did Jacob give James the pen so he could write his letter?
    If jacob was in the “scales of justice” how the hell would this happen.. both he and his brother cannot leave the island.. and to meet james would mean he had left the island.. There are a huge about of things wrong with this series.. but i guess you would find the show just fine if you are a religious person since it all flows nicely with that.. plus they throw in a bunch or religious symbols on that room where jack and cristian talk for good measures.

    • Great article. Totally agree with it. Yes, there were a few minor things that Lost didn’t wrap up, but totally and utter minor in the scale of things. Personally, I cared more about the characters and their journeys throughout the show than I did the mythology and mysteries. Having said that, I loved to theorise with friends who watched the show over the years as to what all the different bits of the show meant, the numbers, smoke monster etc. But, as far as I can tell, all the questions I had were answered. And not only that, but the story lines, both character and Island plots and sub-plots were all wrapped up brilliantly.

      I recently re-watched Season 6 again, knowing exactly what the flash sideways were about this time round, and it truly is a brilliant concept and piece of clever inventive writing. In the finale itself, during my re-watch, I cried 5 separate times, so did my wife, at the exact same times. That makes me think I definitely got the ending the way the writers intended, and I actually feel quite sorry for the fans who clung on to the wrong aspects of the show in its finale, hoping for answers they were never going to get.

    • Hi, just to clarify for you on some of your points…

      So how the hell did Jacob give James the pen so he could write his letter?

      He handed it to him using his hands, as most people would.

      If jacob was in the “scales of justice” how the hell would this happen..

      He wasn’t in the scales of justice” as you put it. He was left completely in charge when his mother handed him the job of protecting the Island and therefore could do what he wanted.

      both he and his brother cannot leave the island.. and to meet james would mean he had left the island..

      Jacob made the rules when he was left in charge. One of his rules was that his brother could not leave the Island. Jacob has always been able to leave the Island. He has been going off the Island for years to recruit candidates to take over as the new protector. In one episode towards the end of the series he is shown visiting most of the key Lost characters off Island at some point in their lives.

      I thought the show was excellent and I’m atheist, not religious.

      • I would like to point out that jacob can kindof astrally project himself, kind of like Prue in Charmed…. on the island he could appear to them for the reason of I thought that they were “candidates”….. so if hurley can see and feel charley off the island I think it remains possible for jacob to do that using himself.

    • Hi, just to clarify for you on some of your points…

      So how the hell did Jacob give James the pen so he could write his letter?

      He handed it to him using his hands, as most people would.

      If jacob was in the “scales of justice” how the hell would this happen..

      He wasn’t in the scales of justice” as you put it. He was left completely in charge when his mother handed him the job of protecting the Island and therefore could do what he wanted.

      both he and his brother cannot leave the island.. and to meet James would mean he had left the island..

      Jacob made the rules when he was left in charge. One of his rules was that his brother could not leave the Island. Jacob has always been able to leave the Island. He has been going off the Island for years to recruit candidates to take over as the new protector. In one episode towards the end of the series he is shown visiting most of the key Lost characters off Island at some point in their lives.

      I thought the show was excellent and I’m atheist, not religious.

      • Hi there. Just wanted o pick up on a few of your points…

        “The show writers seemed to keep changing their minds about the true nature of the island.”
        That was the point of the show, to keep viewers guessing as to what the Island was. They didn’t contradict themselves though, which would have been very poor writing.

        “And they left the end all ambiguous…”
        In what way was it ambiguous. Pretty much every character storyline was told/wrapped-up, and we found whether the Island was saved/survived the MiB attempting to blow it up or not.

        “Like how long did hurley rule the island with Ben as his leader dude??”
        The end of the show was to have Hurley take over, not Jack the obvious choice. That was supposed to be something the audience probably weren’t expecting and therefore a great ending for Hurley’s character. The show ends once Hurley is in charge, you aren’t meant to wonder how long he ruled for because it’s unimportant once the rest of the Lost main characters have left the Island.

        “Did the island sink?”
        No. They showed it had sunk in the flash sideways, which it turned out wasn’t a place or time based on when the characters were alive, but the next phase of being. Jack killed Un-Locke and therefore was able to save the Island from sinking after Desmond pulled the plug that started it to sink.

        “Who took over after hurley?”
        In the blu-ray special edition extra features, Hurley visits Walt, and takes him back to the Island, telling him he has a job for him. It’s likely the writers were hinting Walt was indeed special and eventually took over protecting the Island.

        “Why were only some peeps from the flight there?”
        Some main characters weren’t in the church because they hadn’t managed to “let go and move on” because of what they did in their lifetime on earth eg. Ben was a murderer and therefore wanted to wait outside the church.

        “And exaclty when did they die?”
        We aren’t told when they each died. Ironically the only original plane crash character from the season finale whose exact time of death we do know is Jack, the shows original hero. The other characters either died during their time on the Island (Charlie, Sun, Jin, etc) or died at some point later in their lifetimes off the Island – Kate, Sawyer, etc. Except Hurley Desmond and Ben who stayed on the Island and likely died there.

        “Can corpses have babies?”
        No. I’m not sure why you’re asking this.

  2. Booo. The show writers seemed to keep changing their minds about the true nature of the island. And they left the end all ambiguous… Like how long did hurley rule the island with Ben as his leader dude?? Obviously they had some time together because of the comments in the finale about him being a good number two etc….. Did the island sink? Who took over after hurley? Why were only some peeps from the flight there? (Excluding Hollywood issues). And exaclty when did they die? Can corpses have babies? I mean come on! I could come up with just as food plot being drunk n high… Wheeeee, we don’t have to make sense, just keep em on the hook, and we’ll make millions off of the advertising. J.J. Abrams is to blame …just look at the other series he ruined. Sigh. Oh well. Lovely internet giving me a place to vent. Take care all. …. Just my one cent worth…..

    • umm if you are talking about JJ abrams badly then something is SERIOUSLY wrong. if the show u say he ruined is undercovers the ur wrong, he only made a bad decision choosing to PRODUCE (not direct)that show therefor barely having to make any decisions on how the show was directed. JJ abrams is one of the BEST directors of all time. he has made great movies, for example…… Star Treck, Super 8, Cloverfield (good movie if u appreciate all of the symbols and background action). there is no way anyone can talk about him bad!

    • Just wanted o pick up on a few of your points…

      “The show writers seemed to keep changing their minds about the true nature of the island.”
      That was the point of the show, to keep viewers guessing as to what the Island was. They didn’t contradict themselves though, which would have been very poor writing.

      “And they left the end all ambiguous…”
      In what way was it ambiguous. Pretty much every character storyline was told/wrapped-up, and we found whether the Island was saved/survived the MiB attempting to blow it up or not.

      “Like how long did hurley rule the island with Ben as his leader dude??”
      The end of the show was to have Hurley take over, not Jack the obvious choice. That was supposed to be something the audience probably weren’t expecting and therefore a great ending for Hurley’s character. The show ends once Hurley is in charge, you aren’t meant to wonder how long he ruled for because it’s unimportant once the rest of the Lost main characters have left the Island.

      “Did the island sink?”
      No. They showed it had sunk in the flash sideways, which it turned out wasn’t a place or time based on when the characters were alive, but the next phase of being. Jack killed Un-Locke and therefore was able to save the Island from sinking after Desmond pulled the plug that started it to sink.

      “Who took over after hurley?”
      In the blu-ray special edition extra features, Hurley visits Walt, and takes him back to the Island, telling him he has a job for him. It’s likely the writers were hinting Walt was indeed special and eventually took over protecting the Island.

      “Why were only some peeps from the flight there?”
      Some main characters weren’t in the church because they hadn’t managed to “let go and move on” because of what they did in their lifetime on earth eg. Ben was a murderer and therefore wanted to wait outside the church.

      “And exaclty when did they die?”
      We aren’t told when they each died. Ironically the only original plane crash character from the season finale whose exact time of death we do know is Jack, the shows original hero. The other characters either died during their time on the Island (Charlie, Sun, Jin, etc) or died at some point later in their lifetimes off the Island – Kate, Sawyer, etc. Except Hurley Desmond and Ben who stayed on the Island and likely died there.

      “Can corpses have babies?”
      No. I’m not sure why you’re asking this.

  3. Booo. The show writers seemed to keep changing their minds about the true nature of the island. And they left the end all ambiguous… Like how long did hurley rule the island with Ben as his leader dude?? Obviously they had some time together because of the comments in the finale about him being a good number two etc….. Did the island sink? Who took over after hurley? Why were only some peeps from the flight there? (Excluding Hollywood issues). And exaclty when did they die? Can corpses have babies? I mean come on! I could come up with just as food plot being drunk n high… Whee, we don’t have to make sense, just keep em on the hook, and we’ll make millions off of the advertising. J.J. Abrams is to blame …just look at the other series he ruined. Sigh. Oh well. Lovely internet giving me a place to vent. Take care all. …. Just my one cent worth…..

  4. Booo. The show writers seemed to keep changing their minds about the true nature of the island. And they left the end all ambiguous… Like how long did hurley rule the island with Ben as his leader dude?? Obviously they had some time together because of the comments in the finale about him being a good number two etc….. Did the island sink? Who took over after hurley? Why were only some peeps from the flight there? (Excluding Hollywood issues). And exaclty when did they die? Can corpses have babies? I mean come on! I could come up with just as a good plot being drunk n high… Whee, we don’t have to make sense, just keep em on the hook, and we’ll make millions off of the advertising. J.J. Abrams is to blame …just look at the other series he ruined. Sigh. Oh well. Lovely internet giving me a place to vent. Take care all. …. Just my one cent worth…..

  5. Just finished the series tonight, didn’t start watching it til this year. Looked up some discussion on it trying to get some closure because I feel like I got to know these characters and then just to find out they were all dead was rough. It was so exciting and then it ended up being such an anticlimactic ending that to say I feel cheated is the only way to put it. It is actually kind of giving me solace knowing that other people feel the same way. Loved every minute just dreaming up a new ending.

    • they weren’t all dead…. Lindelhoff explicitly says that they werent dead the whole time….

      • Aside from that, the show itself explains they weren’t dead the whole time. It’s right there in the finale, Christian says point blank that they weren’t dead the whole time.

      • I think the writers wrote Christian to announce they weren’t all dead the whole time, that everything really happened, in order to avoid the lame ending of: …and it was all just a dream… Otherwise, it was definitely heading in that direction. The more I think about it, the more anti-climatic the finale was; however, I don’t think it is really possible to sum-up six years in two hours. I have seen such an attempt fail many times.

  6. Just watched the last episode tonight, yes there are unanswered questions but I think it ended nicely. It ended how it needed to end in my opinion. The whole concept behind it was moving on and letting go, which is quite possible a hint to the fans of the show. Everything has to end sometime…even if it does feel rushed at points it resolved well in my book. I don’t think the purgatory was Jacks imagination as Christian explains that it was created so that they could all find oneanother.
    I think Ben didn’t want to move on because “he had some things to work out” which very well could have been his relationship with Alex.

    I was very moved by the reunion of Charlie and Claire though. As well as Sun and Jin…I just wish they could have had more time before moving on.

  7. This show = MINDSCREW.
    :/
    It’s so confusing.

  8. There is a lot of foreshadowing in this series. takes a good mind to figure it out

    • yeah I caught a lot of it… like the black and white backgammon pieces at the beginning with walt and John Locke, I saw that as the light and dark on the island….

  9. I think the show gives you want you want… If you seek answers then you’ll look as hard as you can to find them, even though many don’t make any sense or are reaching. But some people just enjoy the character/emotional aspect of it. Bottom line is the show’s plot line is so far fetched it couldn’t make much sense, and whatever answer you’re receiving is made um, so just enjoy.

  10. I really like LOST series. However, there are many many confusing things but let me share few :
    1. why some people return from island to real world and again go back to Island? (if all people were dead during plane crash, how possible to come to real world, raise child etc etc)
    2. At final episode, there is a normal life and coincidentally they are connected to each other. So they are back to real life or life after death?
    3. At last all gathered in church and planned to leave. Where they are going ? to Island? why? where?
    I think the producer has no idea of giving finishing the series or plan to make another part.

    • I hope this makes things less confusing for you…

      1. why some people return from island to real world and again go back to Island? (if all people were dead during plane crash, how possible to come to real world, raise child etc etc)

      People return to the Island because as is mentioned many times “the Island hasn’t finished with them”
      Not all the people died in the plane crash. The survivors of the plane crash we followed for 6 seasons of television. When they went back to the real world that’s because they were alive and well at that point in the story.

      2. At final episode, there is a normal life and coincidentally they are connected to each other. So they are back to real life or life after death?

      The normal life, or flash sideways as most people called it, was not real. That was a place like a temporal purgatory, between life and death, where the characters decided to meet up to let go together and move on to the next phase of existence together. So it isn’t a coincidence, its fate that they met up.

      3. At last all gathered in church and planned to leave. Where they are going ? to Island? why? where?
      They are moving towards the next phase of existence, heaven if you will. No the Island, as that exists on earth. Why? Because that’s what the writers are telling you that’s whats happens when you die.

      • that was what I got too, and I think that it was brilliant and a great way to end the show… with everyone together, all the characters best friends and families were together again… plus they remembered everything…. so It made me happy because everyone was happy and safe and alive again… I was mad that, like vampire diaries, everyone died….. made me mad….

      • so them being off the island for the 3 years must have not been real also, because, at the end of season 6 clair and charlie were at the church with BABY aaron preparing for the next chapter (life after death) so that means aaron never lived for with kate for 3 years, right???

        • Unfortunately no, not right. When they left the Island for 3 years, they really did leave, just like they really came back.
          At the end of Season 6, at the Church, we are watching the characters prepare for the next stage of life (Heaven, etc), however this storyline follows on naturally from the Island / off-Island storyline you see for the entire series. So, when Kate, Sawyer, Claire etc all fly off at the end of Season 6 from the Island storyline, you then assume that Claire is reunited with Aaron at that point in her life. She lives out the rest of her life off the Island somewhere and eventually dies. Just like Kate, Sawyer, etc. But they all agreed (unconsciously) to meet up, once they have died, to move on to the afterlife together, and be how they were when they all met during their time on the Island, hence why Aaron is young again in those final scenes.
          It’s only confusing if you keep thinking of things in Season 6 as linear. They are not linear, the off-Island stuff is all happening in a make-believe world they created AFTER they have all died within their respective lives. Jack dies very quickly, much sooner than Kate, Sawyer etc, BUT he wont let go. He only finally lets go and realises he has died when the evidence is too much and the connections start hitting him from all angles, seeing Kate at the party, etc.
          Clever really.

  11. I love lost, I was hooked from the start and have finally got around to watching it all, I felt very sad at the end and was hoping they all went back to their real lives again after meeting up with everyone again off the island, praying for some more episodes to settle many un answered questions many viewers may have, one of te best series i have ever watched…

  12. Just finished watching the series on Netflix yesterday, took about 2 months give or take and I have to say that while I initially was upset with the finale, after some thought I came to understand (and enjoy) it a bit more.

    What bothered me:
    1) Didn’t end the way that I envisioned. I get the whole purgatory thing and that they were dead at the end of the show, but I would have liked for the show to end on some sort of plausible grounds- something that is more identifiable and real than the “idea” of a purgatory where souls that have not moved on to the after life exist. What happened to Kate, Sawyer, and Claire when they left the island? Did Kate and Sawyer hook up again? Did Claire reunite with her son Aaron? I would have liked some closure on that

    2)Definitely inconsistencies. The whole “island rules” things really didn’t make any sense. The time travel aspect also didn’t really tie up, things just didn’t add (but with time travel they rarely do so I can drop that.
    3)Kate/Sawyer/Jack relationship. Okay so when Jack and Kate came back to the island in season 5, to me, it seemed that Kate and Sawyer still had feelings for each other- I would have liked to see those feelings addressed and resolved…why was Kate Jack’s “soul mate” in purgatory and not Sawyers?
    4)Michael and Walt. OK I think I get that Michael was not with the group in purgatory at the end because of his crimes but what about Walt? The guy was an integral part of the group (and I think they did not bring him back because the actor probably aged drastically and didn’t look the same) and should have been in the finale or at least mentioned.
    5)Sayid/Sharon: Sayid for the past 3-4 seasons was looking (and destined) to be with his Iraq women…hooking him up back with Sharon at the end just seemed like a an easy way out for the show runners.
    6)Whitemore, Faretty, and Faretty’s mom. These guys were BIG characters and I would have liked to see some more closure from their side. Whitemore’s death just seem to happen and definitely did very little justice to the character. I get that they were not part of the original flight that crashed there, but still what happened here (Faretty was in purgatory after all)
    7)What happened to Richard, I guess he was able to age again and therefore just died eventually?
    8)what was the island? Towards the end of the series, Richard said that Jacob told him what the island was once…ok and yea we can imply…but what was it actually? Being that Richard mentioned this, I thought I clear explanation was coming.

    Overall, I can sit here and nitpick things that just didn’t add up for me (and I have more believe me) but that would not be right because at the end of the show I am somewhat satisfied and can say that this is one of the most remarkable shows in television history.
    I think that the problem with the show is that the end went to far off into the deep end in terms of reality. The first few seasons really did not have any supernatural aspects (I think that the smoke monster was revealed in season 3, so to that point you did not know what the big monster in the jungle was). After season 4, the show really went all out as far as bringing in the supernatural elements which for me is fine, but probably wasn’t fine for a lot of viewers as a lot of people want to watch something that technically speaking is possible.

    Nevertheless, I love this show and have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. I really grew to care for these fictional characters and became vested in the outcome of their fates in the show.
    Definitely one of my favorite shows of all time.

    • Hi, I love answering questions! Don’t ask why, too much time on my hands maybe?! lol
      But here goes…

      1. What happened to Kate, Sawyer, and Claire when they left the island? Did Kate and Sawyer hook up again? Did Claire reunite with her son Aaron?

      Frustratingly I’ve no idea! But, I don’t think we’re meant to wonder that. In the grand scheme of things, the question for the entire series was always what is the fate of these characters in regards to the Island? Will they ever leave or not. So the answer to the biggest question of all was yes and no. Some left, some didn’t. Hurley didn’t, Kate did, for example.

      2. The whole “island rules” things really didn’t make any sense.

      The Islands rules were the rules Jacob gave it. Whoever protects the Island makes up the rules, hence why Ben says to Hurley “maybe it can be done differently now?” So, in a sense they made sense because they were just an extension of the way Jacob wanted to run things while in charge.

      3. why was Kate Jack’s “soul mate” in purgatory and not Sawyers?

      Probably two reasons for this. During the first 3 seasons you’re supposed to wonder who gets the girl in the Jack Sawyer Kate love triangle. Firstly it was always going to be Jack, the shows hero. But secondly because we see Sawyer later in the series genuinely falling in love with Juliet, so they are soul mates effectively.

      4. but what about Walt?

      Indeed he had aged hence why he was used very little as the show progressed. But, on the special features of the blu-rays, Hurley and Ben visit Walt, ask him to go back to the Island with them to do a job because he’s special. So he wasn’t really forgotten but you do need the B;lu-rays of Season 6 to find that out unfortunately.

      5. hooking up Sayid back with Sharon at the end just seemed like a an easy way out for the show runners.

      Agreed.

      6. They have since said in interviews they wanted it to feel like every major character was at risk of dying any moment, and to do this had to kill off characters randomly. Plus Widmore’s story had been told, he returned to save the Island and in the end that’s what happened via Desmond whom he brought back via the submarine.

      7. What happened to Richard, I guess he was able to age again and therefore just died eventually?

      Yep. Back in the real world, off the Island, he lives, ages and dies, just like Kate, Sawyer, etc.

      8. what was the island?

      My interpretation is that it is a place on earth that has mystical powers. It has an electromagnetic energy source (the light/water) at the heart of the Island that if harnessed possesses great power, for good or bad. We know the Island moves through both space and time, and that there are windows of opportunity that can be calculated where you can enter and exit it, and therefore it isn’t really worth wondering about it much more than that because that’s not a real thing really, just a story element of Lost, which the characters found themselves drawn to, and eventually left/stayed there.

      • Sleeyhead78,
        Just to be picky I thought I’d corect a few misstatements on your talking points:
        (3) just an observation that’s listed at bottom of this page.
        (4) The epilogue is available on regular dvd’s.
        (5) It’s Shannon and Sayid not Sharon.
        (6) Sayid does not kill Whidmore- it’s Ben and in Ben’s closet
        (8) Read the post from 1.618033 (aka Sambo) on this site and he has
        answers about why the island is and what it is about. Pretty smart and talented “dude” or dudette.
        It doesn’t answer everthing but it is plausible considering that we are only a hundred years into powered flight and in our infancy in Quantum Mechanics and the accompanying phenomenon. “The earliest versions of quantum mechanics were formulated in the first decade of the 20th century”- Wikipedia
        (1) Electromagnetism (2) Gravity (3) Weak Nuclear Force and
        (4) Strong Nuclear Force
        are understood now to be the four forces of nature that are now just beginning to be understood by people in these last one hundred years or so who have daily dedicated themselves and their entire lives to grasp it’s meaning and the inherent implications, the rest of us are just ignorant bystanders.

        Just because we don’t understand the science behind these mysteries and phenomenon doesn’t mean they don’t exist! I know my comments look harsh but I am only trying to tell you the little I know or believe.

        One aside about smelly Kate btw is I thought she could never be true to anyone. Thankfully Jack died his miserable death rather than having to be pitifully featured months later on an episode of
        “Cheaters: Oceanic Six LA Edition” pleading and crying with a topless blurred, frizzy-haired, gap-toothed Kate to answer him about why she keeps straying with the now pantless Sawyer who’s falling down drunk and swinging away and cursing “DOC” up and down when those two are discovered by host Joey Greco in some filthy back alley cardboard box…again.

        • Hi,

          Thanks for the post. I’m a bit confused by it though to be honest. I’ll explain why…

          Firstly I was just responding with my own thoughts and interpretations to the person who asked the questions above my post.
          So in response to your 5 main responses to my post I will simply say these points back…
          (3) those were my thoughts on the Jack Kate Sawyer love triangle
          (4) I only own the blu-ray version, and was just using the term “blu-ray” to mean blu-ray and/or DVD
          (5) I know it’s Shannon, I copied and pasted text from the post before me but didn’t notice he had put Sharon accidentally
          (6) Totally confused by this comment – at no point do I say Sayid kills Whidmore. And oddly, neither does the person who’s questions I was answering lol not sure why you’ve put that?
          (8) My comment on Tasouli’s question “what was the Island?” opens with “My interpretation is…” and that’s all it is. I’m not really interested in anyone else’s, as Lindlelof said in an interview he wants people to make up their own versions of what the Island is. I’m not really interested in the science behind it to be honest.

          So the only mis-statement I made was to not mention the phrase DVD lol

          But thanks anyway.

  13. I just finished “power watching” the series over the last couple weeks. Damn, first of all, I would have been very frustrated had I watched the series over the six years, opposed to the last two weeks. There is a LOT of information to take in!

    That being said, this series is probably the greatest series I’ve seen to date. I had many ideas about the show as I watched, and when I saw the final episode tonight, it all tied up well (for me).

    My interpretation is, “we make our own reality.” How I use this interpretation is, everyone died upon impact. Each soul was lost. All the souls came together — as they needed one another — and created their own realities. Upon creating this reality, each lost soul found their peace.

    You could call it purgatory. My understanding of purgatory is it’s a waiting cell. I never took the definition of purgatory to mean you’re lost…just waiting. I suppose there are some purgatory-type overtones, but the show was called “Lost”, not “Waiting”.

    These were all lost souls that needed one one another, so they could be found. So they could find their “reality” (their state of death) and then move on.

    That’s my take on it.

    • Nice thoughts, except the writer / producer Damon Lindelof has stated in interviews before and since the finale that they did not die when crashing on the Island and that what took place on the Island literally took place. When Jack dies at the end, he dies. Kate saywer et al fly off the Island and live on, until of course their own eventual deaths.
      The flash sideways throughout Season 6 is the purgatory state you mention, where they are waiting for each other to “wake” and realise they are now dead, so they can all be together as they move to “heaven” or wherever.
      It’s beautiful, but sadly some people didn’t get it. Some people have accused the writers of not making it clear enough, but that’s a silly claim of course, because there are many people, like me for example, who did understand the finale, and the whole rest of the series perfectly well.

      Brilliant show though isn’t it?!?!?

  14. I’m watching a re-marathon of Lost. I’ve read all of the comments and I wondered why did you say that Kate and Sawyer left the island and grows old and such. I know that Jack died right after the plane crash (in the bamboo scene), so does that mean that Kate and Sawyer were the survivors of Oceanic 815? I havent finish watching the 2nd marathon but I’m eager to know on which ep did they explain that Kate, Sawyer and etc were the survivors. I really didnt get that part you know, on who survives and whatnot.

    • I think kate and sawyer survived because they flew home as jack died he saw their plane leave and unless they crashed somewhere else i figured they lived full lives because like everyone showed up at the same church even though most of them died in previous seasons, so i think its kinda like for each person it is right after they died…. But kate and sawyer left the island on that other plane…..

    • I think kate and sawyer survived because they flew home as jack died he saw their plane leave and unless they crashed somewhere else i figured they lived full lives because like everyone showed up at the same church even though most of them died in previous seasons, so i think its kinda like for each person it is right after they died….

      • That’s right. The people that got on the plane and flew away on it in the last episode survived the Island, but then died at a later stage in their life, then joined everyone in the church after they’d eventually died.
        Try not to think of time as linear and it all makes sense.

  15. THE ONLY WAY THE SHOW CAN BE VIEWED IN MY OPINION AND LIVE WITH THE VOLUMES OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ISLAND IS TO TREAT IT AS SY-FI. THE PLANE CRASHED AND EVERYONE WAS KILLED EXCEPT OUR HERO WHO OPENED HIS EYES WHEN THE SHOW STARTED—-HAD A DREAM-HALUCINATION, ETC.
    WHILE HE WAS DYING AND CLOSED HIS EYES AT THE END. THE TIME FRAME BETWEEN THE BEGINNING AND THE
    END IS IMMATERIAL AS IS ALL FICTION.

    • The show was Sci-Fi, it just wasn’t advertised as so when it started. In the last episode, Jack’s father explains that they weren’t all dead. And even Damon Lindelof the producer / writer of the show has said in interviews since that they did not die when the plane crashed in episode one.
      So your theory sounds nice but isn’t correct.

      • OF COURSE YOU TECHNICALLY, ARE RIGHT IF THAT IS WHAT THE WRITERS INTENDED. HOWEVER, WHAT COMES ACROSS AS PERCEPTION OF THE VIEWER CAN BE AS IMPORTANT AND EVALUATES THE SUCCESS OF THE WRITER. NO EXPLANATION YET HAS EXPLAINED WHY MANY HOURS THEN, WERE WASTED WITH HOCUS POCUS AROUND THE ISLAND LIKE CHRISTMAS PAST UNLESS IT WAS FOR FILLER. THEN, MAYBE IT WAS A STORY CONCEIVED BUT IMPOSSIBLE TO CONVEY—OR MAYBE IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE. STORY ENDS IN
        THE LAST 30 YEARS ARE AN ENTIRELY NEW BALL GAME. I GUESS IT SERVED ITS PURPOSE BECAUSE IT STILL CREATES DISCUSSION.

  16. SleepyHead78 – I have a few questions…

    Everyone keeps saying that they all agreed to meet up so they could move on together. You say they did it unconsciously. I don’t like that explanation. Doesn’t make any sense to me that they all just happened to decide that they should meet up together. Also, it kind of rude to the other people who mattered in their lives. Sawyer, Kate, and Claire, must have met other people in their lives after the island. People who they would have known for 50 years (assuming they lived full lives) yet instead of moving on with them, they move on with people they only knew for 3 years or less? Seems like just a cool way for the writers to end it.

    Also, since the purgatory part wasn’t actually a time or place, as Christian explains, then why couldn’t they wait for the others to move on? If it’s not a time or place, couldn’t they wait for Ben and Ana Lucia, etc.? They tried to explain that it wasn’t a time or place, since they all died at different times, so then why couldn’t they wait for the others?

  17. I thought the ending to lost was beautiful. I cried from the moment that Jack fixed John at the hospital and John remembered him. I found it so touching due to there bad feuds on the island but I feel that they were always true friends to each other and jack realised that when he previously got johns letter and knew he was only trying to do the right thing. But John Locke was my favourite character I thought he was an incredible,warm,caring and brave man. I thought the ending answered lots of questions rather than none. I think the writers made it beautiful by bringing them all together and letting them move on together in peace from all there sins. The show wasn’t about lost the island it was the characters who were all lost and with the ending of them moving on was the end to them being lost. Would in fact be the appropriate ending to the show lost. I think it’s the best tv show I have ever seen. When I began watched it several weeks ago I had no idea how incredible it would be it was full of fear,action,drama,love and even left much to our own imaginations which I respected. The cast were all moving each with their own individual story’s and sins. They were normal people who made mistakes and I respected a show that brought that to our screens and I personally felt that they done an amazing job of showing us through a different perspective that everyone makes me mistakes there is no answers after death only the time to let go and move on with those you love and forgive for all your past mistakes. I think this show was written by very intelligent and very imaginative men. I would almost definitely give any show they write a watch I’m sure it would be very worth it. I would like to thank them for writing a show so inspiring and for bringing it to us all over the world it’s much appreciated.

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