Lost No More

Lost wrapped a six-year run with an episode that brought back past characters, revived mysteries and answered only a few lingering questions.

Lost finale

Warning: Major Lost finale spoilers ahead in case you haven't seen the Lost finale yet!

First and foremost, let's take a moment to mourn the loss of one of television's best pieces of eye candy: Matthew Fox.

No, he isn't dead, but -- big spoiler here -- his character is (as well as everyone else) after saving the island and the world.

Before passing on, Jack passed the guardian-of-the-island torch to Hurley and died in a scene directly reminiscent of the Lost pilot and its opening scene six years ago: Jack laying down in the same field that he awoke in after Oceanic 815 crashed. Oh yes, and Jack had his big Lost death next to the newly rediscovered Vincent.

The rest of the Lost finale is kind of a blur: Jack has a violent confrontation with the smoke monster, who mysteriously resembles Locke, before he can destroy the island, escaping only when Kate kills the monster.

But the sideways dimension of the real world mirrors the island, at least in a funhouse mirror sort of way. Real world surgeon Jack miraculously cures a crippled Locke of his debilitating injury, and then starts having flashbacks of experiences he has never known in the real world: Lost island memories.

Lost bids goodbye

What exactly is the sideways real world? Nothing more than a holding pen where the souls of the victims of the plane crash can bide their time and keep each other company while preparing to move on into the afterlife.

The two worlds seem to come together, at least on a spiritual plane, when Kate leads Jack to a church where all the castaways -- and Jack's father, whose body he was accompanying during the original plane crash -- are gathered.

It is revealed that everyone is dead, but ready to move on into the light. Is that light the power source at the center of the island that Jack was protecting from the Man in Black?

Island Jack ends the series in a reflection of how it began: closing his eyes in death in the bamboo field.

Jack and Lost takes its final bow

The title of Lost was never about the physicality of the characters, but about their souls. The island did seem to at least partially represent Purgatory, as many fans long suspected, but it was more than that. It was made clear that what happened on the island affected the real world.

Still Lost?

Read The Last Battle by CS Lewis, the final novel in the Chronicles of Narnia series -- it's pretty much the same thing.

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Comments on "Lost series finale: What happened?"

vickyd May 05, 2012 | 2:33 PM

what happened to the pilot moveie of Lost? it never happened,why?

Zach April 07, 2012 | 10:04 PM

Bring back Lost :(

jean August 23, 2010 | 9:46 AM

if everyone died in crash , how come baby was born?

Chuckster July 26, 2010 | 6:01 PM

The only explanation that fits with all the inconsistencies is that it was all a dream that took just a few minutes or as small as a nano second in Jacks mind as he lay there dieing on the beach right after the crash. All the loose ends are tied up if it was all just a fantastic dream. The biggest clue is the dog and the exact location of Jack's body in the opening scene of season 1 and the closing scene of the series.

Mind Wonders May 24, 2010 | 9:04 AM

When you sit and think about it..all of the questions you had about Lost was answered...good finale i loved it although i do wonder what happened with hugo and ben crazy a## on that island

Caroline May 24, 2010 | 8:14 AM

I'm still lost??? so did they all die when the first plane crashed? I loved the show but damn, i'm still confused? Can someone explain this to me?

wtf May 24, 2010 | 5:53 AM

so basically we had 5 seasons of a smoke monster and cool stuff happening on the island and in there lives, then season 6 they thought ah to hell with the island plot we will just make this final season about them meeting up in a sideways dimension and going to the afterlife....what a load of....

say what May 24, 2010 | 4:09 AM

So the most important time of Aaron's life was when he was less than a year old? He must have had a crappy life. I'm still going back and forth on if I liked the final episode or not.

Jtcoppola May 24, 2010 | 3:51 AM

The Island was real, surviving was real, everything was real other than the "alternate timeline." The "alternate timeline" was a mid-way point between life and the after-life. All the main characters(with few exceptions) went to the church because being with those people was the most important thing to happen in anyone of their lives. It doesn't matter if they died 10 years before Jack(i.e. his father being there) or Hurley and Ben being there after protecting the island for years(i.e. Hurley telling Ben he was a good number two) because time doesn't exist in the mid-way point like Christian said. You may be wondering why everyone one was that age if they died later, and thats because that age was when the most important thing in their lives occurred. All of what I said is exactly what Christian said at the end, you just had to listen.

touchy feeley May 24, 2010 | 3:31 AM


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