As we gear up for the season finale Wednesday, here are the top mysteries for which we're hoping to get some answers or at least some hints in the finale.
10. What lies in the shadow of the statue?
This mystery has been re-mentioned, so I'm curious what this is all about, which we may just get some hints about if we spend enough time with the extra survivors from the Guam flight crash.
9. Is Michael really dead?
This mystery was on my list of mysteries at the beginning of this season that hasn't been answered. Perhaps Michael's story has played out and he is really dead, unlike Jin. But Jin being alive makes me wonder if that means Michael's alive somewhere in time as well.
8. What happened to Claire?
Claire is a big mystery left hanging from last season, and I'm hoping we'll get a hint about her in the finale since we last saw her hanging out with "Jacob," and that's exactly who Locke and the gang are going to see.
7. Why are the extra people from the Guam flight there?
It had seemed the Guam flight was conveniently set up to crash with only a few extras on it, all of whom would die. But instead, we got some new characters who somehow became very curious about what lies in the shadow of the statue. So why do they matter in that mystery and is that why they're on the island?
6. Why are the survivors separated in time?
Besides the basic explanation that because they were on different parts of the island during the flashes, there hasn't been an explanation as to why being on different parts of the island meant they traveled to different times. What about the time traveling was making that happen?
5. Why did Locke have to die to get back to the island?
Yes, last week we saw that he was the one who told Richard to tell his past self that he had to die, but besides Locke knowing he did die and therefore had to, what was the purpose of him being dead? Was it entirely for him to play the role of Jack's dead father or was there more to it?
4. Who is Richard Alpert and why doesn't he age?
Another Lost age-old question. (Literally!) We've seen Alpert over the seasons appearing in different times looking the same age, so why is he always the same age (and why the eye-liner)? This question feels important again now as we saw in the last episode that Richard is not as all-knowing as we'd thought.
3. Who is Jacob/is Jacob real?
We've seen a shadowy figure in the cabin as "Jacob," and we've seen Jack's dead father appear as Jacob, but is that Jacob just finding a way to take some form? Does he have anything to do with the island mysteries and Jacob, or is his form just used because his dead body was on the island? And of course, for any of that to matter, is Jacob real, or just a god-like thing created by a past leader of the Others?
2. Can they change time?
The biggest deal in the finale is that if Jack and crew follow Daniel's journal, they can stop the hatch from being built, meaning their plane never crashes, etc. But how much will be changed if they succeed and is it really possible? Also, can it do worse damage as well as or instead of this "good" they expect?
1. Is the Oceanic survivors' purpose to come back and change time?
I'm entirely not rooting for them to be able to change time because I don't like the idea of our main characters who've gone through so much together and grown so much to be strangers with none of these experiences. But is their destiny on the island not to come and grow from what it had to give them, but to stop all the terrible things that made that island so "special?"