The Unanswered Questions of Lost

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lost unanswered questions The Unanswered Questions of Lost

One of the most complex and thought-provoking television series of all-time sadly came to an end this weekend with the special ABC presentation of the Lost Series finale, preceded by a 2-hour recap and followed by a farewell special on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

While many were happy to see the conclusion to Lost and find out what happens to their favorite TV characters, many were confused by what was shown and its meaning(s). Some were disappointed that important questions were ignored and left unanswered.

Our own Kofi Outlaw went into detail explaining some of the bigger points of confusion and answered the unanswered questions of the Lost series finale, clearing up what to some was an unclear finale, but there are still plenty of questions we need answers for from throughout the entire series. What questions? See below.

The folks at College Humor put together this humorous video, cutting together scenes from all six seasons of Lost and firing out unanswered questions in rapid succession. While some questions are relatively minor and borderline insignificant and others there for pure comedy, there are a pile of great questions brought up of story arcs or themes presented earlier in the series that were abandoned.

Watch the video and see if you know the answers:

While I very much enjoyed the Lost finale, this video had a big impact on my thinking and sparked my memory to many of the plot points and themes hinted at or started in the first half of the series, many of which were left hanging as the series went on. A few of the questions though have been addressed in the series.

If you’re a Lost fan, be sure to check out this behind-the-scenes Lost video discussion with showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse along with some of the stars, and our top 25 moments of Lost.

Does this video bring up a valid point? Let us know your thoughts, questions and (hopefully) answers in the comments and on Twitter to @rob_keyes and @screenrant.

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  1. i just saw the finale a few minutes ago and i saw confused as hell. that being said i did leave the show when the group divided up into 2 so thats probably why i didnt understand most of anything that was going on.

    i think there is no ‘in your face’ ending, the show was spiritual so the meaning of the ending lies amongst the show as a whole and not just the final 2 hours.

    imo the show was decent and enjoyable, but also lacking and somewhat confusing at times. i’ll probably hire the seasons out again to go through what i missed and attempt at making proper sense of the ‘ending’

    one question if everyone at the church is dead then why are sawyer claire and the other women there, didnt they leave the island ?

    • yes they left the island.. but eventually they also died.. from old age or anything, but inevitably they somehow died and that’s why they’re at the church

      • I disagree – if kate, sawyer and clare die after jack then surely jack would be at the church already waiting for them to die and therefore join him, instead of vice versa? For me this contradiction is the biggest and most annoying otherwise i would be happy to accept the ending!

        • No carrie, time has no meaning in that Sideways World. It doesn’t matter WHEN they died, that’s where they all went. As his father told Jack, some died before him (Boone, Shannon, Sayid, Juliet, Sun, Jin, etc), some LONG after him (Kate, Claire, Sawyer, Hurley, Ben–emphasis on “long” for Hurley & Ben, as they’re both likely ‘immortal’ until they give up their duties on the island). Jack realized he was dead after all of them, but it’s not because he DIED after all of them. It’s a storytelling device, showing the real Jack on the island stumbling towards his final resting place, while Jack’s ‘soul’ in Sideways World wakes up to the fact that he’s dead & about to move on. Remember, time has no meaning in Sideways World

          • @ toon
            Your explanation makes sense to me, and I am now satisfied with the series. Thank you.

    • I loved the series but I hated the ending. It left me with more questions than answers, and the makers of this video brought up a whole lot more questions that I had forgot about. For me none of the explanations so far have made any sense, and no one has yet to explain how Hurley can become the new Jacob while at the same time be in the church and moving on with all of the other people in the church. Because if he is in the church, than that means he is dead, and if he is dead then how can he be alive on the island as the new Jacob? And what about Sawyer and Kate? They’ were on the plane that leaves the island but yet they were also in the church. So that would suggest that they are dead and moving on. But if that’s the case, then why aren’t Lapetis (sp?) and Miles (who were also on the plane) in the church? I think that the writers of the show thought that they knew what they were doing, but the show just spun out of control and they had no clue how to bring it all together in the end. I am happy for the people who think they understand what the show was all about. I guess sometimes ignorance truly is bliss. For me the show was six years of build up with no climax in the end, and it’s left me with a major case of mental blue balls.

      • I have NEVER been so upset over a %#$*&%$# TV show in my entire life……its been a few weeks now since I watched that %#$@^@&@^#& finale and this is the first time I can even think about it without bursting into tears of frustration…..I felt SO cheated!

        Jeff said: “I think that the writers of the show thought that they knew what they were doing, but the show just spun out of control and they had no clue how to bring it all together in the end.”

        I agree, but at the same time, I can’t help but feel like the finale was just a HUGE F U….like “HaHa you idiots for wasting all those hours watching our show”. Well, guess what? That finale resulted in me NEVER watching another show on ABC again.

        Oh, and anyone who claims to understand what it was all about is full of dung….the college kid video proves it!

      • hey jeff, you are so right. this is actually what i also came to understand. i believe that the writers were overgrown by their own story. the original story might have been shorter than the one they pushed on. eventually they did get “LOST” between their own lines, by trying to keep the suspense alive. i truly believe that they owe us an apology for getting us addicted to a disease they had no cure for, while pretending that the cure existed in the final episode.maybe, the main point was to get us all LOST.

      • I have to agree with the opinion that the show’s writers / creators just had no idea how to end the show. I thought that it was to be more science fiction based as we had a glimpse of an Arctic station that monitors goings on at the island with the Widmore family embroiled in the island politics. The killing off of the Dharma people added a great plot twist which the writers just failed to expand on and in the end the whole show became lost in its own success.
        For me Lost as a show had some fantastic actors and great mini episodes but I feel let down by the creators / writers as I genuinely think they had no idea on what the show was. The reason I say this is that the original concept of the show was to run for 3 seasons yet the global success meant that money played a major factor and the show got stretched out further and in doing so the original concept became less important.
        Having bought all the box sets I feel a bit cheated that the ending was lame and that it left so many questions unanswered. In the end Lost became lost in itself and I very much doubt that any of the cast would have understood the meaning of the series. Not that they are to blame; that lays with the writing.

      • Mental blue balls? There’s an app for that…
        I personally loved LOST, all six seasons and I loved the finale (just finished watching it for the umpteenth time). Overall, LOST was weird, moving, exciting, mind bending entertainment. Sure I was confused at times with some of the mythology and time travel story lines but I was always entertained and engaged. I’ve had many wonderful and passionate discussions with others about LOST and its meaning so I will always be grateful for that, too. Do I have all the answers? Absolutely not. Whether the writers had a master plan from the beginning or not and whether they made it up on the fly is meaningless to me. I’m sorry you are so disappointed by the finale. I was actually very happy that not all questions were answered in the finale which would have been a little like explaining the meaning of life or defining time–some things we’ll never know. The finale keeps some of the mystery alive in my mind even though the series has ended. For me, Jack’s father’s comment about those people waiting in the church either died before his son or a long time after him covered enough ground. I suspect that Hurley found a replacement as keeper of the island and ultimately died like everyone else. Documenting everyone’s death, including Kate, Sawyer, Ben, Hurley, etc would have become tedious and unnecessary. I often hear the comparison and expression of dissatisfaction with/between the LOST and Soprano’s finales in that many fans were deeply disappointed in their respective vague endings that will always be open to individual interpretations. To each his own. Namaste.

  2. most of these questions have been answered / can be answered

    • @rustaldo

      Sorry Rustyt but no they haven’t. You may believe you have gotten answers thru some analaysis of the show but keep in mind there are as of riught now still many fans who are convinced that all 6 seasons the Lostise or Lostaways were always dead from episode one. Unless one of the writers or producers has point balnk answered something don’t assume your analysis is the right one of what was intedned; assuming any of that stuff even has an answer.

      I do however agree that they could be if the producers/writers had the guts to stand up and take responsability for their actions of stringing millions of people along for several years with false promises.

  3. Just check out a LOST site like Docarzt.com, most of these questions have explanations, others don’t by design. The producers have said that the show is about the characters, most of these things brought up here are merely back-drops to the main story and are meant to be left to interpetation. I agree that some of the “mysteries” really should have had explanations, but if they all did, we wouldn’t all be talking about LOST today. Also, the dvd for season 6 will have additional “reveals” we didn’t get in the show. So who knows…

    • @Jack’sDrinkingProblem

      Great Name BTW

      Sorry but even those additional reference sites don’t answer all of the questions the show raised and I don’t mean just the smaller ones like the popular Hurly Bird question.

      The bit about the show being about the characters is a load of BS from the producers too. Either they are lying then or they’ve been intentionally lying to fans throughout the past 6 seasons when they would purposefully raise some new plot point that was not about the characters and that they had no intention on following thru on ever.

      They can’t have it both ways.

      Either the show was about :

      1) The characters and they messed up big time by (on numerous occasions) introducing and purposefully focusing in on items and or twists that they had no intention of following thru on after it had been used to grab the viewers attention

      OR

      2) The mythology of the island and everything connected to including the characters with the characters being the focus and they messed up by introducing more twists then they could handle and got the multiple plot twists so twisted that there was no way out except to say in the end its about the characters and nothing else “Matters”.

      The show’s producers, Cuse and LIndehof love to use that “Matters” word and you know why? Because its very subjective.

      • yeah, why couldn’t this “character focus” be on the groups that somehow dropped out of the picture since the end of season 5?

        The Others, who seemed to run the Hanso Foundation (such as Richard and Ethan), and the Dharma, who clearly weren’t the Others.

        This show originally was the Losties from the plane trying to figure out what the hell was going on between those groups (and then Eloise and Widmore off-island, who seemed to be counterparts, like Ben and Widmore too). WHY WASN’T THIS EXPLORED MORE?!!! WHY WASN’T THE SMOKE MONSTER SIMPLY ONE OF THEIR CREATIONS?!! WHY WASN’T IT THEM WHO WERE FIGHTING OVER “THE LIGHT” INSTEAD OF TWO BROTHERS WITH PERSONAL ISSUES?? *sob*

      • This is a brilliant breakdown of the series. You can’t have a series that focused almost its entire time on mysteries and twists and then at the end have it be about the characters, not explaining anything. Jesus, especially when the promos were constantly saying “the time for questions is over.” What the hell was that?

        I can’t say I’m surprised though. As a finale, this was great, but as a series as a whole, it was terrible.

  4. I dont know if this has been posted but ABC put out a press release saying that photo of the plane at thend credits was intended to “Help fans decompress before their local news.”
    It was not intended to suggest that they were always dead.
    So,
    thats one down,20311 to go!

    • More like 4,815,162,342 to go!

  5. I wanna know why that bird said Hurley’s name!

  6. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if they did a mini-series, maybe of what Hurley & Ben did after Jack died, something along the lines of how they protected the island from further intruders and how they paved the way for the next protector; how they interacted with the remaining people on the island like the children, Rose & Bernard and the Aussie Air Hostess whose name I’ve forgotten. Or maybe a film – can you tell i’m having withdrawal already! RIP Lost

    • no

    • i honestly thought the same thing!i asked my girlfriend”so what happened to hurley and ben”and then said that they might bring a book out or a mini series would be good.:)

  7. The video has it — all the questions, the mysteries that most of us wanted to have explained. It’s all so nicey-nicey that our core characters went to heaven after they died, but that has nothing to do with the themes of the show as I perceived them. The biggest question is: how could they lose the thread of their own narrative so badly?

    Okay, it was nice to see Bernard and Rose and Vincent again!

  8. that video would have been quite funny if 90% of it wasn’t just dumb B.S.

    “why did the wheel freeze”

    because it was cold?

  9. THE REASON WOMEN CANNOT HAVE BABIES ON THE ISLAND IS BECAUSE THE ISLAND IS ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL JOURNEY AND THEY NEED TO GO THROUGH THIS JOURNEY ON SELF DISCOVERY ALONE. IF PEOPLE SETTLE AND REPRODUCE THEN THEY ARE AVOIDING THE PURPOSE OF THE ISLAND. CLAIRE HAD HER BABY BECAUSE SHE WAS ALREADY SO FAR ALONG AND THE BABY WAS PART OF HER JOURNEY. :D

    And the video is a joke.. its meant to just bombard you with a lot of questions, making a statement that lost has a lot of loose ends. For those who don’t understand

    Sorry for the caps.

  10. @Marcel – sorry, but I think that the “personal journey” theory is just a bit specious. The video had a lot of valid questions that were blown off in the wrapup, they were obviously just inserted to be weird or mysterious or to serve plot points along the way. (Also, if you noticed that you had typed in all caps, you could have changed that before posting)

  11. I loved the series but I hated the ending. It left me with more questions than answers, and the makers of this video brought up a whole lot more questions that I had forgot about. For me none of the explanations so far have made any sense, and no one has yet to explain how Hurley can become the new Jacob while at the same time be in the church and moving on with all of the other people in the church. Because if he is in the church, than that means he is dead, and if he is dead then how can he be alive on the island as the new Jacob? And what about Sawyer and Kate? They’ were on the plane that leaves the island but yet they were also in the church. So that would suggest that they are dead and moving on. But if that’s the case, then why aren’t Lapetis (sp?) and Miles (who were also on the plane) in the church? I think that the writers of the show thought that they knew what they were doing, but the show just spun out of control and they had no clue how to bring it all together in the end. I am happy for the people who think they understand what the show was all about. I guess sometimes ignorance truly is bliss. For me the show was six years of build up with no climax in the end, and it’s left me with a major case of mental blue balls.

  12. I think what people fail to understand or misinterprets is that the “side-universe/purgatory” probably was meant to occur at a different time than the present (on the island).

    Sure it wraps up the story nicely in the end, but is it hard to believe that the purgatory story occurred AFTER everyone died? — whether it was 50 years later when Kate/Sawyer may have died of old age or 500 years later when Hurley/Ben gave up their positions. No, it isn’t.

    People should stop refusing to understand such a simple notion and believe that the whole purgatory story happens ‘much’ later.

    Evidence of the fact that these events happen much later was when Hurley told Ben, “You were a good No.2″ This implies that they both had fulfilled their duties on the (present time) island and have both passed away as well.

    For those of you wondering, “well why was Jack the last to figure out everyone was dead then?”, he found out what.. a few minutes after Sayid and the others did right? It was only thanks to the mysterious understanding of Desmond that everyone else was able to realize their past (and have died) and move on. Jack wasn’t long behind in realizing this himself.

  13. I don’t get it. Why purposely confuse your audience with misleading story lines. For one, Why did Desmond tell Jack he’s seen an and knows that they are happy somewhere else; right before he pulled the rock out of the hole that extinguished “the light” because Jack died right after that and actually lived a pretty miserable and meaningless life. He was an alchy until he came to an island to be tortured and chased around for months only to be stabbed and killed. Why was Charlotte in the church at the end but Ben (who was actually closer to the main characters) was not….If I remember correctly. He was a huge part of the sideways world as well. And why start the sideways-verse right after the H-Bomb goes off. And why/how was Mrs Farraday able to tell Desmond to go to the island. Why was it such a big deal that any of them went there (called by Jacob) only to die or go home. I guess what I’m getting at is…the end doesn’t justify the means (no pun intended).

    Seems like the writers are saying the whole island adventure is a story about a story that doesn’t serve a purpose because in the end everyone dies and meets up so they can go to the afterlife together. wtf???

    All in one final episode they managed to make the entire series irrelevant, the surviving characters’ future lives were irrelevant, and the Lord of the Flies-esque drama was just to make us watch the whole mess go down. I feel bad that I convinced people Lost was a good show and I see now that I wasted years of my life following the endless plots/subplots. I feel cheated and I totally understand what one blogger meant when he said …”after all these years, the naysayers of the show were correct in their judgment”. And since I’m going to be left totally unsatisfied because I refuse to try and research into the minds of the Lost writers…I guess I will go outside and play. Seems like a pretty sunny day :-)

  14. Unfortunately, is is apparent that we had a better understanding of what appealed about the series than the creators(!). I like to think that as a cartoonist and writer that I could have drafted an outline that would have really addressed the important mysteries of the Island (I still say alien intelligence of non-Lovecraftian nature), its mechanics of time/space travel and the origins of Richard and Hanso and the Dharma Iniative.

  15. I’M LOST :)

  16. “A wise man once said, a war is coming to this island”

    WHAT WAR???

    • yeah, that was a cool war…Widmore & Zoey got shot in the closet.

  17. I have never wacthed an episode of LOST until these two final ones, and of course i was lost and didnt understand.
    This website put it in clear perspecttive for me,this doesnt mean I understand LOST but i can shape my own oppinion from all the oppinions aired.
    You know what, its just annoying when the viewer puts in thier time and effort to understand a piece of media, and then resultantly the producers chose to slap you across the face by giving an absalutly unfitting conclusion to such a large scale of events filled drama.

    Lets just settle with other dramas that are self explanatary like Fringe, House or Heroes.
    Have a great Life!!!

  18. This incredibly complex plot seems to have been abandoned for the premise that it is the character’s story and that the whole labyrinthine journey was to awaken them to the importance of love. On the one hand that is very disappointing. On the other hand the writers seem to be implying that LOST was an allegory for life. Our lives are tangled affairs and when it comes to the moment of our death what is important isn’t so much about whether it all makes sense but whether it was all worthwhile. Well, I’d say that for the characters of LOST it was! The whole journey made them find meaning and love in their loves. For us, the viewer? That is another question! I think the writers wanted LOST to help us reflect upon our own lives. We get so involved, so caught up in drama….but to what end?

  19. Hey guys,
    First, pardon my english, I’m French ;)

    Well, I’ve been watching only seasons 1 to 3, and I totally abandonned from there. Main reason for that was a … lost… of interest. I had the bad feeling that the writers could invent as many mysteries as the show would be aired. I love mysteries and twisted shows, I’m one of the greatest fan of The Prisoner (original) and I don’t mind questionning endings but at least I need sort of “constant line”. For Lost I just had the feeling that opened questions were covered with greater open questions just to increase the curiosity of the fans.
    All my friends were disappointed with the finale… and I feel sorry for them. But I will still show them this video just to piss them off ;)

  20. I think the fans of Lost should demand that the writers and producers of the show answer all the unanswered questions of the show. They owe it to the fans to give them closure. I wonder if they would have the guts to appear on ABC to do so.

    • MJK, I really doubt they have the answers, but I’m not saying that is ok. Good fiction writing, especially sci-fi, should back a lot of their theories or strange happenings with some sort of reasoning. But I’m sure the producers, from what I know about them, such as watching very stupid videos where they just think they are “all that” but they aren’t, they just pulled stuff out of their you-know-what.

      “Oh, know what would be cool? For them to find the remains of a polar bear in the desert. That would be a cool connection to our island”

      “How did it get there?”

      “Who cares…maybe the island just wanted it there. If there can be polar bears on our Island, there can be polar bears in the desert.”

      “Um… Ok.”

      (Most likely their story-writing logic…*sigh*) Honestly, they very well could be away with that. They even make fun of themselves like in the also stupid “alternate endings” how they just pull things out of thin air. I should have seen it coming, and as episodes grew less and less before the finale, more and more I knew they wouldn’t (and didn’t) have answers for us. Oh well… live and learn.

      • MJK said “I think the fans of Lost should demand that the writers and producers of the show answer all the unanswered questions of the show. They owe it to the fans to give them closure. I wonder if they would have the guts to appear on ABC to do so.”

        A most EXCELLENT idea! We should all hold them to it! Tell ABC we will ALL boycott their entire channel & its subsidiaries until they force the writers of LOST to answer all our questions!

        RICH said “I should have seen it coming…..”

        I was thinking the SAME thing when there were 10 episodes left and they kept exclaiming “All your questions will be answered”…..every subsequent episode not only added NEW questions, but they go and introduce even MORE new people and then didn’t answer squat! Grrr…

        I saved the finale on my DVR, with the gazillions of commercials, and what I’m doing when I get home is going through each commercial and making a list of the advertisers…..I plan on boycotting ALL of THEIR products as well! That’s what they get for thinking consumers will buy their products/services if they bombard us throughout that disappointing finale!

  21. no your not getting it there is no such thing as time so they all die at different times but they’re all there in the church dead but bhave died at different times

  22. Hi everyone, I would first like to apologize for calling everyone ignorant who claimed to understand the ending of Lost. It turns I that I am the ignorant one, as I have recently come to learn what some of you have figured out; which is that there really was a legitimate end to the Lost series. The secret to understanding it is in the last 10 minutes of the final show. The first important piece of information comes when Hurley talks to Ben outside of the church and says, (you were an awesome number two and Ben replies back “you were terrific number one” or something like (not sure I have the adjectives correct) but anyway, the second piece of the puzzle comes in the church when Jack sees his dead father in front of him and asks “how are you here?” and Jack’s father replies “How are you here?” After Jack realizes that he is also dead, he asks his father if he’s real and he replies “Yea, I real, your real, the people in the church are real”. To which Jack then says “they’re all dead?” and his father says, “Everyone has to die sometime kido, some before you, some after you”. This is the second piece of the puzzle and it implies that time does not exist in the place that they in. Because if Hurley became the leader of the island, then he would likely die hundreds or thousands of years later. So you might then ask, how is this possible? I had some trouble with this at first, but at least I realized how the writers were trying to explain the show and its ending. I have to admit, I didn’t like it, but at least now I understand it. I must have been in the bathroom when Ben and Hurley talked outside the church, because I never saw that scene when it aired. I only saw it recently (on YouTube) while trying to search the net for answers to how the show ended. Anyway, so how to resolve the problem of time (or lack of time) in the sideways universe? How can all the people be there at the same time? And no, I am not talking about everyone in the church being there at the same time, I’m talking about the lives our Losties lived together in the sideways world. Because even thought they died at different times, both Jack and Hurley had lives that they lived at same time in the sideways world. Jack a doctor with a wife and kids. Hurley, a great benefactor and owner of Mr. Cluck’s chicken franchise. I decided to give the writers a break and see if I could figure out some way to make all of this fit. So, as far as the time thing goes, I resolved it by using Einstein’s theory of relativity regarding time (example: if you take a journey into space (or just orbit the earth) near the speed of light; time for you in the spaceship slows down relative to time on the earth. So if you circle the earth near the speed of light (say for 10 years) and then you land back on earth, everyone you know would have been long dead. So for me I explained the fact that Jack and Hurley (and others) were all together at the same time in the sideways world because their souls traveled (in limbo) near the speed of light for different periods of time. For Jack it was a short trip, while Hurley’s soul had a long trip. Ok, so that explains how they all existed in the sideways world at the same time. As I said, Hurley may have lived a very long time on the island before he dies, while Jack dies on the island at that time and the other Losties who managed to get on the plane and take off from the island, get back to civilization and live out the rest of their lives for another 30-40 years.
    Once I understood what the writers were trying to do, I started to feel better and it explained a lot of things for me. Such as why Ben did not join everyone in the church. I believe that he didn’t because it was not his job to do what Desmond did, and bring together are other Losties that would come to the sideways world. So while I was not happy with the ending, for a while at least, I was content with it (with the exception of all of the unanswered questions, which appeared in this video of course). Oh, and by the way I have one, more. I recently re-watched an old episode in which Charlie dies on the freighter when it blows up. Just prior to it blowing up he is trying to slow down the timer on the bomb using liquid nitrogen, and when that runs out, the smoke monster appears in the form of Jack’s father and tells Charlie “You can go now”. But if the smoke monster can’t leave the island, then how did he get on the freighter? I struggled with this for a while, and then decided to give the writers another break and say that the smoke monster can’t leave the island, but he can travel 100 miles outside of it. Hey why not? I just wrote it into the script after the fact. Interestingly, I heard on the internet (from someone who claimed to do some of the writing on the show for a while) that the writers had the idea for the ending from the very beginning and that the ending we all saw, was the same ending. Not sure I believe that, but okay, whatever.
    After reading this I hope everyone will be a little less Lost. However, like me I am sure that you’ll still be a little pissed off with the writers for a lame ending and for not answering all of the questions to all of the mysteries; (which they needlessly added into the storyline). Happy Trails 

  23. @Jeff E

    I’m sorry, but that still does not answer anything for me — the mysteries of life after death are not the mysteries that I wanted answered.

    • Hi Stu,
      As I said in my comments, I wasn’t happy with the ending either.
      All I was trying to say was that the finale did kind of make some sense. (Many folks were confused about the ending. Some even felt that that everyone was dead all along). Like you, I also feel that the writers screwed up by not explaining everything. At the close of my comments I said, “Like me, I am sure that you’ll still be a little pissed off with the writers for a lame ending and for not answering all of the questions to all of the mysteries; (which they needlessly added into the storyline).”
      I think the writers owe the fans an explanation to all of the mysteries, but of course that will never happen because they don’t have the answers. I saw them in an interview and they said that they would not disclose anything else because, not knowing adds to the mystery of the show and leaves people to think for themselves. B.S. they reality is they don’t have the answers because they let the story run out of control, and in the end they just coped out by giving us a lame ending with unanswered questions.

  24. Yeah, agree with you Stu…. I am very much a believer in Heaven and that we, that is, our human body and human intellect were made for a much better world than this fallen world, but Lost didn’t need to go into that area. I mean, come on! Even in Season 6 we get all this stuff about Sayid coming back from the dead in a polluted pool unlike how they expected people to heal… and then not a think about this bad thing Clare and Sayid have? That they can just becom good all along? Why does the temple and what happened there get forgotten the second Locke kills everyone? And what about Widmore? What were his plans with the island BEFORE the most-wonderful-high-and-might Jacob came to talk to him AFTER the freighter blew up? I don’t care if he is on Jacob’s side now (but do we really know what that means??), but whose side he was on before…Smokey’s? Dharma? So much that was there that could have made the “war coming to the island” possible, but no… Widmore gets shot, Sayid blows himself up, crazy Clare gets on the plane…*whew now we don’t have to answer any questions* say the producers…. ARGH!!!!

  25. For me it was a wonderful and intriguing series filled with mysteries and surprises that raised questions that begged answers. The final episode was beautiful but it was a major dislocation from the body of the story. It makes a mockery of all that went before. The only reason that this ending doesn’t work is because they didn’t answer anywhere near enough questions. Just a few reveals would have helped eg. Radzinsky creating the map and his eventual suicide. We needed more about the Dharma Initiative. More about time travel and the implications it had for our characters.
    If more of the mysteries had been handled in a way that smoothly led up to this finale then it would have been a profoundly satisfying tv series, like a great novel. As it stands, I feel as if several chapters had been torn out of the book and left me feeling that the end was tagged on and all that had gone before was almost irrelevant. One could place those characters into almost an entirely different story and then have exactly the same ending!

  26. For me it was a wonderful and intriguing series filled with mysteries and surprises that raised questions that begged answers. The final episode was beautiful but it was a major dislocation from the body of the story. It makes a mockery of all that went before. The only reason that this ending doesn’t work is because they didn’t answer anywhere near enough questions. Just a few reveals would have helped eg. Radzinsky creating the map and his eventual suicide. We needed more about the For me it was a wonderful and intriguing series filled with mysteries and surprises that raised questions that begged answers. The final episode was beautiful but it was a major dislocation from the body of the story. It makes a mockery of all that went before. The only reason that this ending doesn’t work is because they didn’t answer anywhere near enough questions. Just a few reveals would have helped eg. Radzinsky creating the map and his eventual suicide. We needed more about the Dharma Initiative. More about time travel and the implications it had for our characters.
    If more of the mysteries had been handled in a way that smoothly led up to this finale then it would have been a profoundly satisfying tv series, like a great novel. As it stands, I feel as if several chapters had been torn out of the book and left me feeling that the end was tagged on and all that had gone before was almost irrelevant. One could place those characters into almost an entirely different story and then have exactly the same ending!Dharma Initiative. More about time travel and the implications it had for our characters.
    If more of the mysteries had been handled in a way that smoothly led up to this finale then it would have been a profoundly satisfying tv series, like a great novel. As it stands, I feel as if several chapters had been torn out of the book and left me feeling that the end was tagged on and all that had gone before was almost irrelevant. One could place those characters into almost an entirely different story and then have exactly the same ending!

  27. SORRY LAST POST GOT MANGLED BY A COMPUTER CRASH. HERE IT IS IN THE RIGHT FORM.
    For me it was a wonderful and intriguing series filled with mysteries and surprises that raised questions that begged answers. The final episode was beautiful but it was a major dislocation from the body of the story. It makes a mockery of all that went before. The only reason that this ending doesn’t work is because they didn’t answer anywhere near enough questions. Just a few reveals would have helped eg. Radzinsky creating the map and his eventual suicide. We needed more about the Dharma Initiative. More about time travel and the implications it had for our characters.
    If more of the mysteries had been handled in a way that smoothly led up to this finale then it would have been a profoundly satisfying tv series, like a great novel. As it stands, I feel as if several chapters had been torn out of the book and left me feeling that the end was tagged on and all that had gone before was almost irrelevant. One could place those characters into almost an entirely different story and then have exactly the same ending!ory and then have exactly the same ending!

  28. First of all, Hi to all LOST fans and supporters.Pardon me for my English though, still learning. :P

    My conclusion to those LOST characters having an alternate life has nothing to do with “side-universe/purgatory” and “afterlife”. I believe it is due to the fact when jack and the others travel back in time and bomb the Hatch(which the Dharma Initiative are going to build in order to stop the electromagnetic field from escaping from that Light Source Thing). Now this action has cause a few series of disturbance to the time-line effect which will lead them to a new future path.The followings are the KEY POINTS mentioned in the series itself that i can recalled which might be connected to them having an alternate reality and life:

    1)In the first episode of Lost in season 1, the plane oceanic 815 crashed on the island which we soon discovered it was due the electromagnetic pulse/field that burst out when the hatch exploded causing the plane’s circuitry to malfunction.The same hatch jack and the others traveled back trough time to bomb and prevented the dharma initiative from building it in the first place in the past.This has lead to the fact that in the future the Oceanic 815 crash never took place.Since the plane didn’t crashed,the future LOST characters did reached LOS Angeles safely thus having an alternate reality and life.
    2)Notice that in the season 6, Juliet mentioned to Sawyer after being rescued from the wreckage, she said “It Works”.As she is dying, probably her soul/memory/consciousness is having a transition in time to connect to the alternate future and she saw her own future.Decimon also mentioned to Jack in the cave he saw them on the “Other Side” when his mind/consciousness time traveled when exposed to high electromagnetic pulse/field during Charles Withmore ‘s experinment with him.Daniel Withmore(notice it is Withmore not Faraday in the alternate future) also told Decimon on the bench that their lives could have been different not as what their eyes perceived.Daniel also supported the theory that a major explosion of massive energy could caused the time-line to disoriented and shifted it’s course to a different route.This theory actually relates to the fact the bombing of the hatch could have produced such result.

  29. There once was a mighty sailing man
    A skipper brave and sure
    With 5 passengers that sailed that day
    For a three hour tour.
    The weather started getting rough
    The tiny ship was lost
    If not for the courage of the fearless crew
    The Minnow would be lost.