The critically acclaimed and mostly beloved show known as Lost came to an end on May 23rd, 2010. Many people watched the two and a half hour series finale, but many were scratching their heads afterwards. The Lost finale was fairly ambiguous seemingly offering more questions than answers. Well, the answers aren’t obvious, but I think many are there. So, here is a recap of the Lost finale and some explanations. Some of these explanations are theoretical. In the previous episode, we saw Jack Shepherd become the new Jacob or Protector of the Island. Desmond is a failsafe according to Charles Widmore, and the Man in Black is still trying to escape. In the Lost final, we found out that Jack, Desmond, and the Man in Black have the same goal. They all want to reach the Source aka the Heart of the Island (it’s a light in a cave) and pull the plug. Now, there is some debate as to what the Source really is, and my best guess is that the Source is a portal to the afterlife. Or, it is an answer. It’s what keeps the world going, and it’s what makes the island important. Still, once the cork was pulled, the rules were lifted, and the Man in Black was able to escape. However, this also allowed Jack to harm the Man in Black and eventually kill him, but Jack was wounded in the process. He was able to make it back to the Source and re-cork the hole, but this was at the cost of Jack’s life.
In the parallel timeline, the characters began to “awaken” and remember the island. Desmond gathers them together, and, eventually, they are all awakened to the island timeline. Jack is the last one to remember, but he fights it until he meets his father, Christian. Christian explains that the parallel timeline was created by those on the island as a meeting point. The island was the most important thing in their life, and, now in death, they have to move on to the next step together. At the end of the episode, they do just this.
As for the reception of the finale, Matthew Fox, who plays Jack Shepherd, has said that he likes the way it ends, but fans seem disappointed due to the lack of answers in season 6. They have a point. The importance of the numbers for the Dharma Initiative was never explained, and the statue of Taweret wasn’t explained either. At first, the Lost finale was disappointing, but the mystery continues. That just means that fans can speculate about its meaning, and they can keep wondering. Really, it keeps Lost going. However, there is one theory that makes sense and answers a lot of the questions. When the Man in Black entered the Source, he changed it in a negative way. This caused the infertility problem and the sickness (which may have been radiation from the nuke). By uncorking the Source, it allowed the Heart of the Island to become pure and fix the problems. This has been the purpose of Oceanic Flight 815 from the beginning, and they accomplished their goal. In this context, the Lost finale has significant meaning, and it is a pretty damn good end to the show.
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