Sniff, sniff. I'm going to miss our regular Lost brainstorming sessions, aren't you?
When the Lost finale had me a bit frustrated, several of you came to the rescue with smart observations about the episode — and I've got to admit that many of your theories make a ton of sense. While we may never know for sure which suppositions are right (and which may be a little off), I now feel like I have a better grasp on what went down. Just look at these reader-submitted comments. Oh, and thanks for helping me see the light (get it?).
- "My take is that the sideways did not actually happen, but was more of the 'waiting room' for all of them to come together and move on to the after life. Each person was protected by Jacob until that had found the meaning or purpose to their life that they needed to 'Move on and Let Go'." — TJ V
- "After the end scene where Jack's eyes closed, it flashed back to the beach and showed airplane wreckage. What does everyone make of that? It didn't look like it was supposed to be the original flight, because there wasn't as much wreckage and no people around. One thing I thought of is that it could be the flight that Kate and everyone left on — maybe it crashed and that's when they all died." — chloe bella
For more explanations from fellow commenters,
- "My group had to go back and re-watch Christian's conversation with Jack, and then for some of us, a lightbulb turned on and we got it. And then we discussed it, come to terms with it, and realized that we were quite satisfied with it. A big part of what helped us put it together is that outside the church Hurley told Ben that he was a good number 2, and Ben told Hurley that he was a great number 1. They obviously lived for a long time on the Island protecting it. (And I think that it's frakkin awesome that it turned out to be Hurley — which someone I know predicted right when we first learned the idea of the candidates — and Ben as the new Richard.) They lived and died who knows how long after Jack died, and yet Hurley was there because Jack needed him in order to move on." — myfairlady93
- "The more I read, the more I think that really just the last season they were 'dead'. My biggest WTF moment was Jack's appendix scar from the first episode of Season 6 not being an appendix scar at all but the scar from being cut by Flocke." — luv2blazy
- "They all died the instant the plane crashed in first episode1 S1. The battle for going to heaven or going to hell started and Dharma initiative was a middle station, and probably noticed well on the bottles, food etc. had no branding at all." —dexterpicard
- "Michael is not in the side universe, nor the heavenly waiting room, because he did not go to heaven — he was a murderer. Walt is not there either, because he is much younger, probably not dead, yet, and was not a part of the real life on the island after he left. The people killed in the episodes and those killing others were fighting evil, and those not seen in the end, were already sent to hell." — Anonymous
- "My favorite theory is that the sideways world is Hurley's last gift to his friends, his way of 'taking care of them,' through creating a place that they could all be together and happy." — Anonymous