The Lost finale is still making everyone talk and argue, as expected. All the Lost finale debate is on the ending, and whether it was a fitting end or a total cop-out. It seems a little more than half of the fans are satisfied, but the bitterness is still out there in some circles. Yet everyone agrees that there’s many ways to interpret The End, and what the series really meant. In fact, the debate even encompasses the post credit sequence of The End. But that wasn’t an official part of the Lost finale – although ABC had to officially confirm it.
After Jack Shephard closed his eye for the last time, the credits ran with a look at the Oceanic 815 wreckage. Since there were no bodies, or anyone around the plane, some figured that it was one final clue. In fact, they thought it meant the Lost finale proved the island purgatory theories right.
The purgatory theories over the years were finally vindicated in The End, since that’s what the flash-sideways world appeared to be. However, there are still those who think that the island was part of purgatory, and that everyone died right after the crash.
To debunk that theory, an ABC spokesman said that the Lost finale ended with Jack’s eye shut, not with the post-credit shots. Those images were not part of the episode, but something to play over the credits before the evening news, according to the spokesman’s e-mail.
Yet since the producers apparently lied for years and said purgatory wasn’t part of the story, theorists likely won’t believe any official word now. Even if Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse themselves broke their radio silence to confirm it, the island purgatory theory may never die. Admittedly, the Lost finale left things wide open for that, since it was half-right.
But island purgatory believers have to ignore Christian Shephard’s ending monologue, in which he definitively said everything was real. If this Christian was the copy made by the Man in Black, he might be easy to disbelieve, yet this one is the real deal. Plus, the Lost finale made a huge deal of ending things exactly as they began, at least on the island. If the wreckage was the last shot, instead of Jack’s eye, this theme would be ruined.
If the empty plane was part of the Lost mythology, it would probably be in another way. The Oceanic 815 wreckage is now an island landmark, like the four toed foot, DHARMAville and the hatch. When new people come to the island in the Hurley/Ben age, they will ask questions about the wreckage’s mythology, just as the survivors pondered the artifacts of the Jacob/Man in Black age.
The Lost finale still didn’t answer all about those landmarks. But they did exist and were not part of purgatory, as much as others still may want to believe it.
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