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Theories About the Lost Finale "The End"

Lost Logic: Reader Thoughts and Theories on the Finale!

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
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suziryder suziryder 7 years
The LA Times has an article in which ABC states that the final images of the wreck on the beach had NOTHING to do with the storyline. "Those photographs were not part of the "Lost" story at all. The network added them to soften the transition from the moving ending of the series to the 11 p.m. news and never considered that it would confuse viewers about the actual ending of the show."
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
ABC - not ABS. Thinking about my car bakes.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Just as I knew when I saw them the final screen of the wreckage on the beach had NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FINALE. Much like on season 1 dvd it was merely striking footage that was filler. This is confirmed by ABS that they added that footage not the creators of Lost. From E! "The show's ABC rep just told me: "The images shown during the end credits of the Lost finale, which included shots of Oceanic 815 on a deserted beach, were not part of the episode but were a visual aid to allow the viewer to decompress before heading into the news." The statement was first acquired by the Los Angeles Times."
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 7 years
Anonymous - It's not the same wound. When he crashes, the wound that he gets is higher up on his left side, when he dies it's on his right. When they crash, he's wearing a suit. When he dies, he's wearing a blue shirt and jeans.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 7 years
"What's LOST?" LOL! I've been reading around and from what I can gather, the wreckage at during the credits was added by ABC, not Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. It was just there to show the set of LOST and to remind us where it all began, nothing more. If you guys remember, Christian told Jack that everything that happened to them on the island was REAL, so they DID NOT all instantly die in the plane crash. They all died at different times (some on the island, some off, some before and some long after Jack) but came together in the Sideways world. It really was a beautiful finale!
suziryder suziryder 7 years
Anon #18- I think you're right, and I thnk another reason Ben didn't go into the church is that he still had to "awaken" his daughter so that she could go with him into the light. Marie Ross/Anon #20: The events in the sideways world were more like dreams - they were the purgatory events, in between life and death. Jack wasn't married to Juliet, he didn't have a son - those were just creations in the purgatory so that Jack could use his time in purgatory to work out his issues in life. He could be a good husband and a good father in purgatory, to settle all his issues before heading off to the afterlife. The son never existed, he was just a construct of the purgatory to help Jack meet those ends. Same with the marriage to Juliette.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
SCDavid, you're wrong. They didn't die at the crash of flight 815! They were very clear about this. The island was real. What we saw happen on the island, actually happened. The sideways world was the purgatory, NOT the stuff that took place on the island (or the stuff that took place off the island, when the Oceanic 6 went back to the main land for 2 years before returning to the island). Ben, Juliette and the rest of the others DID exist. The flight taking off at the end of the episode was NOT oceanic 815, it was Miles, kate, Sawyer, the pilot guy, and anyone else who was on the other plane, taking off for the main land.
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