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So How Did Lost End???

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Here's what we know:

Judging by Twitter and Facebook, you Losties are pretty divided of the events that made up the Lost series finale. If nothing else, we guess you can all agree that it was a pretty epic evening of television.

But what the hell exactly happened???


As a fan, you probably have a lot of questions that you were hoping to get answers to last night. That didn't really pan out, as we understand it, but here is what we do know:

Lost, at it's core, is about love. The love these characters had for one another created a post-death limbo you Lostie's have been calling side-ways reality. That's right, post-death.

What we end up learning in the final moments of the show is that each of the characters have all lived…and died. Some in previous seasons, others living longer lives well beyond their time on the island.

But in fact, the island did exist and these characters did live there. The remaining survivors faced off against the Smoke Monster and defeated him. Jack, in his final act, saved the island from being destroyed and being sent to the bottom of the ocean. He handed over this leadership of the island to Hurley, who protected the place with Ben at his side. Kate, Sawyer, Claire and the gang made it off the island and back to real life.

And then, Jack died…

But when he died, he was able to cross-over to this side-ways reality. Here, all of his friends, who had been waiting for one another, all began to remember their previous island lives. Once they all did, they gathered together for a mass funeral service and proceeded into the light. Yes, that same light that is in the little cave on the island.

Make sense?


Yeah, we don't really get it either…

But what were your thoughts on the finale of Lost?

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80 comments to “So How Did Lost End???”

  1. 1

    I only caught the final half hour. It was visually stimulating, but left me scratching my head.

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  3. 3

    Makes perfect sense to me! Well now that someone explained it to me. LOL At first I didn't quite understand that everything on the Island was real, but now I do and even though not all the questions are answered I still feel that it came at a good end.

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  5. 5

    Makes perfect sense to me. That's exactly how I saw it.

  6. 6

    Was great. True, some answers were not answered, but I'm glad they didn't chicken out of making the whole island narrative real - that all happened. The side-ways plot kind of gave us a glimpse into Jack's post-death life. Had he just died on the island with nothing to follow, it would probably have been more sad, dramatic. Now, I think, viewers can feel more at peace with his death.

  7. 7

    So Sad it is over- What to do now??? I really liked the finale even though I was still waiting for some questions to be answered. Like if Claire, Sawyer, Kate made it off the island… Why the hell were they dead at the end?? I dont get it…. I still ove the show…its gonna be a true loss in my life- Love you all and good luck!!

  8. 8

    I loved it! A great way to end this 6 year journey.

  9. 9

    As a fan who has not missed an episode since day one, I was completely satisfied with the ending. It was beautiful. I bawled like a baby.

  10. 10

    As a huge LOST fan for the last 6 years, I loved the ending. I thought it was a beautiful way for it to end and was really happy to see everyone together one last time.

  11. 11

    Just glad it's over so a good show can potentially move into the time slot. Lost sucks.

  12. 12

    I knew they were in Limbo, it was pretty obvious that they were the whole time. The only part i didn't like was when the others were in the plane and they never went further with that about how they died. I can't wait for the writers to do a discussion board in a few weeks like they said their going to… RIP LOST I'LL MISS YOU GUYS.

  13. 13

    Worst. Ending. Ever. I could have written it. It seems as if the writers couldn't figure out how to tie up loose ends, so they wrote it in about 20 minutes. "Hey, I know, they're all dead." (Except Walt) Disappointing ending all the way around.

  14. 14

    The show doesn't make sense, if you didn't watch every season/episode.

    I have, and I LOVED IT, and sad to see it gone……. will there every be another one like it???!! sadly no! :( frownies

    RIP Daniel Faraday

  15. 15

    I loved the finale! You explained it great!

    EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED DURING THE PAST 6 SEASONS REALLY HAPPENED. People seem to be having trouble with that, so I thought I'd put it in caps. ;) The flash-sideways is simply an epilogue of sorts.

  16. 16

    I love the way the show concluded. It was a great journey and I'm glad I was apart of it

  17. 17

    The reason Kate,Desmond and Sawyer were all in post death is because although we didn't see them die in the finale, they died eventually. They could have died 60 years after Jack did for all we know. But like Christian Shepard said, there is no time in the flash sideways. They were just all waiting for each other, some were waiting longer than others (like Boone and Shannon who have been dead for a very long time) to be able to transcend into the light.

  18. 18

    It felt really contrived and incomplete. The acting and Michael Giacchino's score were magnificent, as usual, but the writing was lacking. It fell short and took a cliche route.

  19. 19

    Final thoughts on Lost
    Today at 9:48am | Edit Note | Delete
    I was definitely entertained for six years. However, I am disappointed because I feel like I never got any real answers about what the island actually was, what was Dharma’s purpose, the numbers, why couldn’t pregnant woman give birth on the island, why did Widmore want it all so much, etc etc etc. We wasted whole seasons on who exactly Ben Linus was, the creepy Russian with one eye, all the psycho Dharma others, the "specialness" of Aaron and Walt, when none of it apparently mattered, and was only 1/25 of the plot. I feel like the writers just got lazy and went with the whole “mythical magical Jacob” vague storyline to explain away six years of intrigue. Loved all the reunions though (especially Shannon and Sayid and Sawyer and Juliet).

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  22. Mermo says – reply to this


    Loved it !!!
    but I'm so sad that it is over :(

  23. 23

    For those wondering about why everyone died…I have a therory. Christian Shephard said that everything that happened to Jack in his life was real, and even though he was dead, he was still real. Also, he said something about time not being as "fixed" as we all view it. So, the island and everything that happened, really happened. It was all real, but everything in the sideways reality (for all of the characters) was what I think was pergatory. Everyone in the church was already dead (some recently, some years ago) but they weren't ready to move on until they were all finally together. Benjamin, was dead as well….but wasn't ready to move on. He said he still had some things he had to work out, and as a side….he was never really a friend to anyone in that group, so it would make sense that he wouldn't be ready to move on with that group. Ugh. Confusing. I need to watch it all over again, but I thought it was beautiful.

  24. 24

    sounds like it was purgatory - not heaven and not hell - the stop in between…

  25. 25

    makes sense if you're a crack head

  26. 26

    Beautiful ending. It still brings me to tears thinking about it =(

  27. 27

    Still kind of confused. :S

  28. 28

    TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT!! I wasted 6 years of my life.

  29. 29

    And then JLH showed up on a Princess Cruise and sent everyone into the light as she wept tears of joy. Boo hoo hoo.

  30. 30

    the fact that sawyer and kate didn't end up together completely soured the finale for me.

  31. 31

    Good bye Lost. Some scenes had me crying. But, hey what a ride! 6 years and I've loved every moment! God I will miss Sawyer, Jack, Kate, Sayid…
    Goodbye guys!


  32. 32

    Did it answer everything? no. Could they have answered everything? no.
    The whole point is that the island experience was real, thats why they all waited in limbo for each other, they all grew to love and respect each other. If they all died in the crash they wouldnt have created the "sideways" world, they would have never known each other. I thought it was great and wouldnt change a thing.

  33. 33

    Didn't when the show first began Matthew Fox said they weren't in limbo? I distinctly remember a SNL sketch where they ask him and he says no. I could barely make it through the first season. Its long and confusing and for what? For them to be like they may or may not have been dead? I'm glad I didn't keep watching it. I guess if you hung in there though, you pretty much would accept any explanation, the shows confusing antics had beat you into that place.

  34. 34

    Re: Missy1982 – And in addition to your questions…Why are certain dead people (ie: Michael and the other whispering voices) "trapped" on the island?
    What is the significance of Walt, and why was he appearing to Locke after he supposedly left the island? Why was he soaking wet, and how did he know where Ben hid the Dharma bodies?
    How is it that both Hurley and Jacob's brother have the ability to see and communicate with dead people as if they are alive? It can't just be coincidence that they both have this exact same ability.
    Also, WTF did Richard leave on the plane? And where was he at the very end? Assuming that he eventually did die…why aren't he and Jacob in the sideways afterlife? Why would Hurley and Jack be there, but not Jacob? Where are they?

  35. 35

    Amazing Finale!!!!! See u in another life Brotha!!!!

  36. 36

    Did it answer all of the questions? no. But overall what I liked about the ending of Lost is that it appealed to what I think most fans loved the most about the show, the relationships that the characters shared. I honestly don't know how they could have ended it to satisfy everyone and wrap things up neatly without it being insanely anticlimactic.

    So what I think they went for was an emotional wrapping up rather which in my opinion actually worked. They knew they couldn't answer all of the questions, partly because some of the "questions" were about things that the writers never had any intention to even try to explain. But by bringing all of the characters that we knew and loved back together they were able to give us the emotional climax that was required for the ending not to be a total flop.

  37. 37

    Finding out that the side ways universe was one in which they were all dead was a bit weird, but I very much appreciate that they didn't negate the existence of the Island in anyway. It existed, they were there, it happened. I would have been very upset if they had turned it into a dream of something that never really existed except in their minds.

    And I have to admit I cried when Charlie and Clair remembered each other, and I do not generally cry at TV shows or movies.

    So yeah overall I appreciated the emotional wrap up, yes jack saved the Island, but really what the show did was allow the fans to say goodbye to all of the characters that they have loved for 6 years.

  38. 38

    They weren't in limbo on the island. The island was real life. The only time they were in limbo was during the flash-sideways in season 6.

  39. 39

    I thought the ending was great, meaningful, and moving. I cried like a little girl.

  40. 40

    DIDN'T LIKE THE ENDING. I was lead to believe this was a sci-fi show and ended up being about love and psychology.
    Disappointed :(

  41. 41

    It made more sense than any episode of Lost ever. And that is why it was terrible.

  42. 42

    Well I enjoyed the finale but i am a little bit disapointed because some scenes were missing. Did Desmond finally got off of the island and found Penny again? How was life to Kate, Sawyer, Claire, Lapidus and Miles off the Island? And most important: If Richard did succed to live through the flight and arrived in some country, how was his reaction considering that he left civilization in the 19th century.
    I am a bit sad because i am gonna miss the show, but the truth is that it doesnt had anywhere else to go, any plots to explore. People were getting tired of all those misteries and plots.

  43. 43

    loved it! Lost finishes strong. Networks should take note and close out the great one, while they're on top.

  44. 44

    But to me the greatest TV show ending was from "Six Feet Under". Amazing. I thought "lost" would beat that, doing something spectacular, but i was wrong.

  45. 45

    You got it right. Hopefully this will help end ppl saying The island was Purgatory.

  46. 46

    ugh I dont even know what to say. I liked how they made it all very emotional with the group remembering one another. LOved the reunions with the cast. However…. We never did find out what the island was, how the smoke monster and jacobs mom ended up there. What dharma was. The time travel??? Why desmond had magnetic powers? Where Michael and Walt? I get the whole sideays life they died in some ways on the island and then waited in purgatory for the rest of them. But what the heck the whole season 6 was about them in the sideways life?? What about the previos 5 yrs??? Why did the plane crash,. Why did jacob touch them to bring them to the island for what?? To all become friends in the end?? I wanna know why we need that island? If it sunk like the showed in the beginning of the season does it mean the whole world ends?? Is it a gateway to heaven?? or Hell? hence the lights desmond made. Im so confused. I liked the reunions but the story and ending sucks.

  47. 47

    Re: MPrincess – Oook. That was the only part that threw me off b/c I thought hmm, everyone was already dead & waiting for Jack to show up? Now that I think about it makes sense…Jack wasn't the last one to die, he was just the last one to remember his death and become "aware" and by that time everyone else was already there waiting for him. Thanks for clarifying!

  48. 48

    A huge metaphor for death and being lost than found…pretty much makes sense. I think the cast never knew where they were either hence all the confusion…dang writers. But yeah it was basically one giant ass metaphor. Take if how you will and go back and watch it again with new eyes.

  49. 49

    Also, kind of ironic that the father's name is Christian Shephard and in the end, he shepherds everyone into the light/Heaven. Didn't ever realize that until last night's episode when Kate goes, "Christian Shephard? Really?"

  50. 50

    I watched the first year, but way to much time inbetween season breaks.lost interest

  51. 51

    I have been a HUGE lost fan for the past 6 years and although I was not entirely satisfied with lack of answers, I absolutely loved the ending!! Science and physics played a major role in this show, however, the idea of faith or religion seemed to prevail in the final episodes.
    Now that I think back…there were sooooo many references to religion, faith, Christianity!…HOW DID I NOT SEE THIS COMING??????
    I agree that some things are better left unsaid…but there are 3 major questions that still bother me!
    1) Why couldn't women conceive on the island?
    2) Why are Walt and Aaron so special?
    3) Why was the Dharma initiative still dropping off food craters when all DHARMA people were dead?

    All in all…I absolutely loved that the show began with Jack's eyes opening…and ending the them closing. Truly and utterly heart wrenching!

  52. 52

    it was perfect…

  53. 53

    Re: Swingo – "Did it answer all the questions?" Um, it didn't even answer what the flipping island was–arguably the biggest question of the series!!!

  54. 54

    After watching Jimmy Kimmel Live with Matthew Fox as the guest, they explained that everyone was dead the entire time. The plane crashed they ALL died. They were LOST souls.

  55. 55

    Re: Jenirockstar – They made it off the island. The island really DID happen. The "sideways flash world" was just a purgatory like place for them to all meet up whenever they all died. Jack died at the end of the episode, but Claire, Kate, Sawyer etc.. got off the island and lived for however long off the island and once they died however it was they all went to the same place and reconnected.

  56. 56

    Re: Missy1982 – the island IS AN ISLAND that just happens to hold the source of life (and death)

  57. 57

    I was just happy to see Ian Somherhalder. lol
    All in all, I didn't know what the fuck was going on. But then again , I never did. This show ahs never made sense.

  58. 58

    at least it wasnt the Sopranos finale…

  59. 59

    Lost, at it's core, is about love.

    THAT is the most true statement… LOST is a story of Love.
    and also, as someone who watched every episode… all the way thru
    I bloody LOVED IT
    every second of it was EPIC

    esp. Juliet/Sawyer

  60. 60

    Even with having to see Jack die, it was still a great finale. The flashbacks when people got their memories back were great. Also, the fact that Jack and Kate and Juliet and Sawyer ended up together was awesome. I wish I knew more about the island itself, but seeing them all happy and together at the end was enough. Best show ever…I am so going to miss it!

  61. 61

    Re: lau115ren – damn your askin questions that are makin me think a lot now too… ughhh …..

  62. 62

    i think the show ended like it started….. CONFUSING. but i kinda get it now they were all on the island they were all alive and everything they did on the island was real. the sideways world was purgatory or just a place for them all to realize what happened. i do thinkthat saywer kate claire lepidis miles and richard got off the island and lived there lives. when everyone died (at there own pace) they were joined in the sideway world and started to remember before they could move on to heaven. hurley and ben were the protectors of the island thats why ben said you were a great #1 aand hurley said he was a great #2 so they protected the island till they died.

  63. 63

    my questions 1. were they dead all along and thats why they showed the crash in the end showing that no one could survive it? 2. why the hell was penny in with the survivors she was ever on the isand 3.wheres jacks kid? 4.was the island pergatory and thats why michael was still there cause he did bad stuff and If you buy the “island as Purgatory” scenario it would align with all the stuff Jacob said, hence “island is a cork to keep the evil from escaping out”

  64. 64

    i think most of the fans called it in the first season when people said it was a purgatory.
    the writers probably were pissed that fans figured it out right away lol

  65. 65

    …..it didn't end soon enough…

  66. 66

    Except for the not answering a single question (except for what the side-line reality/timeline was), I LOVED the episode. And that in itself was a welcome miracle, I had expected to hate it, as the last season has sagged quite a bit and it was obvious that "some questions" would be left unanswered…in a move that was either ballsy or stupid or just plain cocky, the writers/producers decided not to even try to answer anything about anything in the finale, but showed once and for all why the show was a success - the cast and the characters are amazing, and the dialogue scened have always been the show's strength. A very beautiful, lovely finish.

  67. 67

    Yep, that's how I saw it too. It DOES make sense, you just need the patience (to watch the ENTIRE series) and intelligence to keep up.

  68. 68

    Wow. Perez, who never watches the show actually summarized pretty well the ending, while other fans, still don't get…

    Ok, get this straight.. THEY WERE NOT IN LIMBO or PURGATORY. The events on the Island were, in fact, REAL! The sideways reality were some sort of limbo type. It was a life they made for themselves so that they could find each other…

    I actually really liked the ending. I thought it was well written, but of course, there's about a million more questions that we don't have answers to, but really, are they necessary to really understand the story? I would love to know every detail as well, but I to understand the overall whole story, the finale did tie it nicely…


  69. 69

    what a bunch of losers…why give that much thought to a stupid show??? COME BACK TO REALITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. 70

    i think the finale was awesome and that this show is the best ever, whoever dont get it is not so smart or not a true fan

  71. 71

    It was a beautiful ending. very spiritual. it just made me see that in fact, it was all about the journey. all the questionning about the island, the smoke monster, the M.I.B. … was completely unnecessary and not important at all.. as in life, some questions can never be answered and the true beauty of it is that it's all about love, people u meet and relationships! The LOST souls finally found their way all together through the light…
    The final episode was amazing 10 out of 10!!!!!!

  72. hebe says – reply to this


    i loved everything but the last 10 mins of the show. the ending was disappointing. i'm gonna cry for days now

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    Start at the end of the finale…the long silent shots of the crash site show you that NO ONE SURVIVED. The entire show was based in a sort of purgatory state. At the time of the crash, everyone on the show was in some sort of personal turmoil, essentially lost. A sudden physical death was followed by the spiritual journey to make sense of it all. The island was the metaphor for being lost to loved ones and forced to heal as a group. Anyone buying that??

  75. 75

    The island happened. the sideways was a place they made to meet up after they alll die. When Jack died, did they all remember the island?

  76. 76

    ok i get all that,but how did kate,sawyer and penny end up in the post(sideways) lost ,when they didnt die ? help explain it to me please,im extremely confused lol

  77. 77

    Wasn't there C-4 rigged to the plane?????

  78. 78

    Re: lastmel – I think they died some time in the future and what we seen was when they have all past on…dont think there was a sense of time..just what think..

  79. 79

    They were all dead from the crash, they were stuck in limbo or Purgatory. They couldn't deal with their own deaths, they had to resolve their problems, hence all the flashbacks. I personally don't think that the stuff on the island really went on, it was their purgatoy until they were able to either accept going to Heaven or earn their way into Heaven. Jack's father at the end, even said that "this was a place that you all made up, so you can come together beucase they all had unhappy lives before that and found love and happiness with each other in the afterlife. . . just my opinion

  80. 80

    …makes sense! loved it… bawled my eyes out!