Lost Episode Recap: "Ab Aeterno" Season 6, Episode 9

On this week's Lost, we finally learn some of the island's secrets thanks to Richard Alpert, who's faced with a difficult choice. Among the revelations: where he came from, who he really is and how long he's been on the mysterious island, which means a lot more screen time for the original Man in Black (Titus Welliver) and Jacob (Mark Pellegrino). Another notable guest-star in this hour is Mirelly Taylor as Isabella, Richard's wife before he got to the island.

Hi, Natalie Abrams here! I'll be covering this mythos-heavy episode instead of regular Lost recapper, Mickey O'Connor, who is on vacation. There's a lot of ground to cover, so let's get started, shall we?

The episode opens on Ilana recalling to the group of weary survivors - Jack, Hurley, Ben, Lapidus, Miles and Richard - about Jacob's visit to her in the hospital, which we briefly saw in the Season 5 finale. Jacob has asked her to protect six people, the remaining candidates, and get them to the Temple. So, right off the bat we get a key answer: Both Sun and Jin Kwon are not on the list, it's an either-or situation. Ilana adds that Jacob said Richard will know what to do once they are at the Temple, but Richard has no idea what to do.

"Want to know a secret Jack? Something I've known a long, long time. You're dead," Richard says, still reeling from Jacob's death and his lack of purpose. "We're all dead, every single one of us, and this is not what you think it is. We're not on an island, we never were. We're in hell."

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