Lost: SideReel's Top 10 Questions for the Series Finale

Did you hear this show called Lost has its series finale Sunday? I know it hasn't been on my calendar since fall or anything.



So, while asking a bunch of questions is the fun of Lost and maybe we don't want that all to get wrapped up, being a show so big on its mysteries, it will have to give some big answers in the series finale to be satisfactory to its insanely addicted and loyal fans.


Here are my top 10 big questions that I really do need answers to in the finale, or else... Check 'em out and then let me know what you'd add or which is at the top of your list of stuff you've gotta know!


10. Are those who died on the island really dead?

Okay, okay, they probably are dead and gone and it's all about the experience of the island for them, but as I'll reiterate a few times in these questions, if the main point of our Oceanic survivors is this candidate situation, I don't feel as if that makes it okay for all those characters to die. The point of the island early on seemed to be to help all these lost souls find their ways in the world and get their second chances, but while some like Charlie got the chance to turn their lives around to a fairly satisfying degree, others like Boone just plain died with nothing else to it. So, if this current island world is the one (if there has to be one?) world that carries on for our survivors, does that default to there being no chance for the dead?


9. What's the history of the island?

No seriously. I know the Jacob and the Man in Black days were way back in the day, and Richard arrived quite some time ago as well, but do we want to talk about how that statue with the now infamous foot got there in the first place? They can call the bodies of Jacob's mother and the Man in Black "Adam and Eve" all they want, but unlike Adam and Eve, they weren't the beginning of everything (or so was my impression from 'Across the Sea'), so I want to see the real beginning! Too much to ask for in one (though giant) episode?


8. What does it mean in the entire scheme of things if Charles Widmore is dead?

While I find many characters much more interesting and important than Charles Widmore, there's no denying he's an enormously important piece to the entire Lost puzzle. So now that Ben has shot and killed him in current island world, shouldn't that have a huge impact on well, everything? And if so, what will it mean?


7. Does it have to be that either the alternauniverse or the island universe is real/sticks?

This question may not even end up mattering, but with its big focus for the finale season, I have to know - was the alternauniverse for all our characters just a peek at what could've/would've been or is there any reality to it? Are they messing with our heads and all of that's really happened, but after their days on the island? If that's true and for some reason their memories of the island were erased, well, then comes my next question...


6. What is the point of Desmond getting everyone in alternauniverse to remember the island?

It seemed in 'What They Died For' that after all the "we have to go back" Oceanic 6 business, that's what Desmond's doing allll over again. Or actually for the first time? Wherever that all falls into the timeline and possible reality vs. what never happened, it still seems Desmond is on a mission to get everyone to remember the island days which somehow really happened to these people... but is it all to change their fates and lives just enough so they can get on track like Desmond getting together with Penny? Does he want everyone to go back to the island... or go in the first place... or does he just need everyone to remember so they can live regular lives, but with the improvements including love they found when on the island or before?


5. Was the only point of all of the Oceanic survivors going to the island to see who was the best candidate?

If that's the only point, I find it disappointing. Sure, protecting the island is clearly a big deal which we better find out more about, but I feel as if it's really tragic and pointless for the entire destruction of all the survivors' lives, and so many of their deaths, just to be for Jack to take over, then the rest of them to go separate ways. Sure, none of them were happy before, but killing most of them is not exactly helping them figure out their lives.


4. What has been the point of those like Richard and Danielle getting stuck on the island?

If all the Oceanic survivors were meant for candidate selection only, what does that mean for the other people who've spent so much of their lives on the island? It seems we know why Richard never ages, but why didn't he just take over for Jacob? Is there a reason for anyone to be on the island besides getting caught in the drama of the battle between Jacob and the Man in Black?


3. Are/were Desmond, Locke, and Walt special beyond being possible candidates?

It seems that Desmond has only been special for the sake of being a default protector of the island... I feel like that's not enough for how interesting he is. And hey, remember how Locke and Walt were kinda magical and seemed to have very special destinies on the island? I would really like it if all those special people would come about as having more intriguing reveals than it all getting wrapped up in a simple candidates bow.


2. Now that Jack has "sacrificed" himself to be the next Jacob, is he the only one who needs to/will stay behind?

If reality for the survivors is the current island storyline, now that Jack has taken on the position of protecting the island, are all the rest of them done with their purposes there? Will Jack now never age and be all alone til who knows when like Jacob? If that's the way it goes, shouldn't it be time for the rest of them to leave the island and be released from its hold on them? Is there still a love triangle to be resolved between Jack-Kate-Sawyer, or has that become a non-issue with all the other major things going on? If it does still matter, does that mean Kate could choose to stay forever on the island with Jack or leave with Sawyer?


1. Why is it so important that the island/the cave's yellow light be protected?

Yeah, yeah, good vs. evil, important shiny light on a weird island of spirits, mysteries and all that... but really. Why is it so important? It seems if that light in the cave is not protected, the island will be destroyed, but what does that mean for the rest of the world? Is this island what holds the entire world in balance? Does it protect the world, balance it out... anything at all? I feel as if anything like that is true, this finale may include quite the groaner conclusion (Battlestar Galactica finale, anyone?) but doesn't it have to be something like that after all this rigamarole?


Did I cover all the big questions or do you have more that you're hoping to get answers for in the finale?

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May 20, 2010 7:28PM EDT

Those are probably the big questions everyone wants to know.

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May 20, 2010 7:51PM EDT

For some reason I think in all it's contrast non of these questions will be answered. Even though I would love to know everything, it would defeat the purpose of Lost. We are all loyal fans and half the time are clueless to whats going on and we love it.10. that, i would like to know. But in 'dead is dead' it explains that when you die, you die!9. That would be too long to explain and I have come to accept that we will never know this. (leaves a possibility for a spin off and or prequel).8. dont know what to say to that.7. I think the alternate universe is the current universe after maybe some more time travelling??? This question should be number 2.6. Hopefully on sunday that could be explained.5. pretty much answered that but also to find a better life purpose. And some time death was thei better option.4. That will take too long to explain, thats why I would perfer it to be left as one of lifes great mysteries.3. locke and walt - dont care so much, locke is dead and walt left .. lets just focus on desmond :)2. LOVE TRIANGLE! (please let them answer this) =D1. I dont want that to be answered. I like the fact that their all protecting light in the cave, its cool and mysterious (theres is no way of explaining it with out making it cheesey or stupid. it should be left alone). - my alternate Q would be. Will we see the transformation of man to smoke ?
Ahhh I loved this post and It's making me so excited, I want to cry that it is ending.

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May 20, 2010 7:59PM EDT

If I had to guess:\
10. Dead is dead, as they have said on the island, there is no coming back from that. However, if we go back to when Desmond first met Jack in the stadium, the whole "see you in another life brother" idea is how the dead people on the island are able to still live. The other timeline.
9. I dont think we will ever get a ultime absolute point A of the islands existence, its most likely to be theorized about a lot but I would say as a sort of heavenly metaphor or even possibly as a starting point of life the island has always been. It will be one of the things that will either get a scientific explanation or a reglious explanation depending on the person who is theroziing.
8. Charles Widmore's character in my opinion is the embdiement of people who just don't get it. He wanted the island for his own selfish reasons so it actually feels right for him to try and find the island forever most of the series only to die there once he did. He was just a catalyst of other things, not really an ultimately important character just one of those sides of the equation that showed the different motivations of people in relationship to the island. His death doesn't really change much other than maybe being the last nail in Ben's eventual outcome.
7. I fully believe only one will be left after the series ends. Im guessing its the sideways universe that will remain, whether that means the island is distroyed or just moved elsewhere is up in the air but I thnk the point of the show will be what happends to these characters in the real world after all of the island craziness
6. The point of Desmond, going back to #7, is for the flashvsideways and the island to basically merge the characters understanding. As we saw with Hurley, saying high to Anna Lucia, as if he fully understands all of the stuff on that happend on the island now, his two sides are now one. So for all intents and purposes the flash sideways Hurley is the same Hurley on the island, that is what Desmond is doing getting everyone together, he is bascially making them fully aware. This leads to the end. If the sideways is the only one left then it isn't like anyone died because if they are now fully aware of each other and what happend on the island then they are those people. The relationships on the island will be the ones on the flash sidways, happily ever after basically.
5. The point of everyone coming back was to course correct everything. To fix, Sawyer, Miles, Jin being in 1970, where they didnt belong, to bring every thing back online so to speak. And there is a little bit of simply theatrics, but remember, It was the black smoke posing as Christian Shepard who told Locke to move the island in the first place, that was never supposed to happen.
4. The oceanic people are not he only candidates that have ever been. As shown in the wall in the cave there has been hundreds of peoples names crossed out. As Jacob said in one episode the smoke monster believed humanity was all evil and corruptable at their core. "They come they kill and distroy" something along those lines. The island was a second chance for people, as Jacob said, nothing before matters, the island was a clean slate. The show is basically just a methaphor for the choices people make to stay the same or change given the opportunity. The light at the island will be tided into that somehow, whether it is meant to represent inherient good in everyone that the smoke monster is trying to disprove and if able to leave, it wouldnt be a automatic distruction of everything, the smoke monster would destroy that light by tricking people in the world to turn on each other, be corrupted and evil etc.. as he has done with the people on the island. Its basically, the idea in the bible about hell being set loose on the world in revelations is what they are getting at in a theatrical way.

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May 21, 2010 3:19AM EDT

Hey, all these discussions are really exciting, but i have a few more questions which i'm not sure are gonna be answered in the last 3 episodes.1. How did Ben throw Charles Widmore out of the island?2. Why were the "Others" in season 1 and 2 portrayed as bad? When they dragged people and stuff.3. Wat tests were going on in their labs?4. Wat were those dragged people told to fit in with the others?5. Why did Claire stay behind with Dr. Christian Sheppard (may be the smoke monster) and not try and go with the restof them (May be season 4)6. Wats the role of Daniel Faraday and his mysterious mother.7. When they turned a wheel, y did they teleport and when they were not supposed to come back, how did Bencome back?8.Is Ben bad, good, crazy or just selfish?

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May 21, 2010 1:08PM EDT

i wanna know why the hell there were polar bears at the beginning!? that's it.that is probably the one thing that has really bugged me out of all of this. ha
narh i have lots of questions.but just reading some of these comments has kind of given an insight to some of them.
somehow i think the producers are just gonna leave it with a cliffhanger to make the ending really stand out.if it was all happily ever after people would be like aww yay. and never remember.
however, prison break had this happily ever after ending, but with a twist, so maybe that could work.
all in all, im bloody excited about the ending. didn't realise it was gonna be in 3 parts. so triple exciting. and i guess ill have to watch on monday, because being in england means i have to wait for the links to be put up! :(
keep the theories coming though, it's really interesting.

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May 21, 2010 4:10PM EDT

@harriethorne
I believe it was the Dharma people that were bringing polar bears to the island because polar bears have a similar number of chromosomes as humans do, so they were doing tests on the polar bears, which is why their were bear cages on hydra island.

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May 23, 2010 2:47AM EDT

I agree with moe_7210 that I want to see the smoke monster transformation, but more importantly I want to know why something as seemingly benevolent as the light in the cave would turn someone into the smoke monster in the first place. Is it supposed to be what happens to someone who enters the cave to steal the light as a punishment?
I also agree with manar_003 and want to know more about the others in general. What I really want to know though is why (if Jakob is the one that is always sticking up for humanity) did he order the Darma folks gassed to death. I assume he told Richard to do it since he was really the one calling all the shots. It just seems a little harsh to me. Unless all the experiments they were doing were bringing them closer to discovering the light in the cave and that was what he had to do to protect it.
But what I really want to know is what exactly Desmond's role in all this is. Why him? How is it that he is able to withstand the electromagnetism? Desmond is my favorite character and I have been wondering what is it that makes him so special. He wasn't on the flight but he was caught up in all this way before the plane ever crashed (when he met jack in the stadium). Did Jakob arrange that too? I would just really like to see the whole Desmond thing fully explained.
Also I would like to find out what the numbers meant. They were Hurley's lotto numbers and they were also the numbers they were entering into the computer when they were pushing the button. There have also been other references to those numbers throughout the show and I want to know where those numbers came from and how they got so thoroughly worked into the story (ie what made the Darma folks pick those numbers when they designed the computer that was in the hatch).

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May 23, 2010 8:37AM EDT

Is it just me or am i the only one who sees that Bens plan was to kill Charles and get Miles to communicate with him?!?!? besides that poor Desmond gonna be heading down the cave, what else could he do....but man the rest of the questions are still up for grabs coz it can all play out in so many different ways...cant wait tho!!!

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May 23, 2010 9:06AM EDT

i have a question Jacob tried to kill his brother by throwing him into the light,Well the thing is they cant hurt or kill each other, so how come the Man in Black died. because we saw Jacob putting his mothers body and his brothers together and also Jack, Kate and Locke saw their bodies together and Locke said our very first Adam and Eve. so if the Man in Black died, how come he was alive when Richard came to the island.

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May 23, 2010 5:40PM EDT

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Anyone can die, its why Jacob was killed by Ben, the only one who cant kill Jacob is the smoke monster, which is why he needed ben to do it for him. He wasn't alive when Richard came to the island, he just took that form to talk to him, as we have seen throughout the show the smoke monster can take the form of any dead person on the island. Also, I think people have gotten it a little twisted about who the smoke monster is, I dont think its as simple as the human man in black was transformed into a pillar of smoke. The human man in black is dead, they showed that, it is more likely that the pillar of black smoke was sort of like a manifestation of the evil inside him that was released, not the actual person himself.

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May 23, 2010 11:19PM EDT

The statue is of Taweret, the Egyptian Goddess of childbirth and fertility, which may give some idication of why the island is supposedly cursed with regards to children being born on it since the statue was broken by the Black Rock. Clare's baby, Aaron, was born to a candidate. I have a feeling that it will be revealed or hinted at that all the candidates are descendents of the original protectors of the island.
My own personal feeling is that the two 'spirits' (now Locke and Sheppard) are the reincarnations or immortal spirits of Taweret (Life) and Apep (Death). The heart of the island is a gateway to the Underworld. When Jacob threw his brother into the tunnel, he was spat back out again as a column (or snake) of smoke. Apep is sometimes referred to as "He who was spat out." Tawaret looks after the living while Apep, the Eater of Souls, looks to kill everything. Note that none of the smoke-victims have ever come back as visions but those who died naturally have. It's possible they may depict different Gods, maybe Nephthys and Osiris but considering we've already seen symbology of Taweret and she was the Goddess supposed to be protecting the world against Apep, this is more likely. We've also seen symbology of Anubis and it all depends on which stage in Eygptian Mythology it's set in.
It could also be that the Island is infact 'Ben-ben' or the original mount of earth that rose from the primeaval waters on which the self created God Atum sat. Bored and lonely he begat Shu and Tefnut who begat Nut and Geb who begat Osiris, Nephthys and Set who begat Taweret and Anubis and through another line Atum became Ra who begat Heket and Satet who begat Khnum who begat Ptah who begat Humanity.
Christianity is mentioned a lot in the show and of course Christianity is a direct mirror image copy of Horus, the brother of Taweret and Anubis. Within this 'Ben-ben' theory I would still place Locke as Apep because of the giant-snake symbology, the fact he was spat out of the tunnel and the fact that none of the smoke victims have come back.
It's also possible that Jack has now assumed the role of Sobek. He was said to call on suitable gods and goddesses required for protecting people in situation, effectively having a more distant role, nudging things along, rather than taking an active part (wiki). That was definitely the role that Jacob took. Sobek is in direct line, generation wise, with Apep, both produced from the pimeaval waters of Nun.

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Jun 7, 2016 4:56PM EDT

To start great show, a couple of questions thought;
1. when jack has his talk with his dad they confirm that all present there are DEAD. only problem is some are unexplained.kate, Clare, sawyer, miles,the pilot(le pedez??), Richard all take off on the plane and you never see them die once?jack see's them leave before he dies,so question is if there DEAD how?
2.the TEMPLE? big question.it was the only place on the island that was not talked about much,we all saw the power there,but its unexplained?and the people there?????
3.if its a life death thing then how can it be that there is a way to leave and come back to the island,ei ben on a number on occasions??? could they really be cats 9 lives,lol.
4.the twins?ok so its pretty clear Jacob kills his brother so can the black smoke be the grim reaper? the collector of the dead?
5.could they answer more of theses questions with 1 last season?
thankslost4ever

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May 31, 2010 5:07PM EDT

@lost4ever: Here's a possible list of answers to your questions...
1. Christian says "Everyone dies sometimes, this is a place you all collectively made so you could find eachother again before moving on." or words to that effect. The people on the plane could have died decades later of old age and still appeared in the afterlife as they did.
2. The temple, if you follow my theory above, would be a temple to Taweret, the waters within being the waters of life/fountain of youth/Nun (Egyptian waters from which life began). Apep (MiB) wouldn't be able to enter the temple as he opposes the very ideal of it's purpose.
3. The idea of the island Ben-ben changes depending on which version you follow. Some say the island grew into Pangea, the first great continent, then split into pieces when the underworld spilt it's first fires onto the land. In other versions the island becomes lost in time, forgotten by the people. Others say Ben-ben always has been and always will be.
Also, as with questions 1, the people were still alive while on the island, the island did exist. If they left the island and came back, they were still alive.
4. It's more likely Jacob's brother became an avatar of Apep or Anubis. The Grim Reader is a relatively modern term stemming from Germanic/Norse roots; Grimnir being one of the names for Odin. Apep was among the earliest of the gods of the underworld/gods of death, along with Ereshkigal of Ancient Mesopotamian Mythology.
5. I don't think they should make a final final season of Lost. I disagree with the ending though. Only one thing was ever found out; everyone dies. In reality they had six and a half seasons of filler and maybe 4 episodes at the very end that were ever actually needed to tell the story. The flash-sideways were explained, they were in the afterlife, but everything else was left. I have no idea what they were thinking when they wrote this ending, Absolutely every single episode for the last 6 years has absolutely no relavence to the end episode. The flash-sideways were only introduced in the sixth season and nothing anything else were explained... The island, the crash, DHARMA, the hatch, the Valenzetti Equation, Hanzo Industries, the statue, the Man in Black, Jacob, the temple, the Solar beacons, visions of dead people, time travel, teleportation, time phasing... the list is exaustive.

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