LOST finale

For those that were dissatisfied with the ending to Lost, there is only one response. You never understood it.  The series from the beginning suggested that we are the sum of our possibilities.  We find meaning in the process, not the outcome. I knew this from season one. I also knew that they would have to go slipstream on the audience to make sense of the possibilities.  As soon as they did this, it was also equally clear that they could have no one true ending.  You could only see a series of possible endings.  In the interest of brevity and finality, they showed the audience two, or three, depending on your viewpoint.

It was always possible from the start that they were all dead, and they had yet to show that possibility.  It was cliché and nonproductive to go there for the whole of the series, and it was dismissed by all the fans four or five seasons back.  To show that possibility after resolving the timelines does not in any way detract from the resolutions.  It really just adds to them to my mind.

When all things are possible, then no possibility can diminish it.

8 responses to this post.

  1. So I watched the last 28 minutes of Lost, which I have never watched, and what I got was everyone on the plane actually died.

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    • The six years you missed, I just summed up. The point being that it was the six years that mattered and the one ending you saw, of an infinity of possibilities, was that they died six years ago. Christian Shepard had the one true clue to the meaning on the six years. There is no here and now, or rather it is all here and now. Welcome to slipstream.

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  2. Posted by txvoodoo on May 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    “You never understood it.”

    No, I did. Really. Honestly. Just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean I am not capable of understanding this.

    The last 10 minutes were a lazy ending.

    If they were all dead from the beginning, the ending should have revealed that. THAT is good writing. This was…not.

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    • The real ending was in Christian Shepard’s words, and I don’t see them as meaning they were all dead. I see them as meaning just what I said.

      I spent many years exploring slipstream writing and found writing the ending as the most troubling part. I always found the endings as tentative. I stopped after 600 pages with a crescendo of timelines being the most satisfying. This was much of what they did here. The death part was just a beginning and maybe that would have been better for many, to see them crashing on the island. For those that prefer that, I can assure they are indeed crashing as you read. No matter how much they deny it. 🙂

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      • They very definitely showed that they were *not* dead from the start. Rather, the ‘flash sideways’ scenarios are from when they are dead – ‘in purgatory’ if you will.

        Hurley tells Ben that he made a good second, and is told that he made a good first. So we conclude that the two of them continued on the island for an unspecified time. However, what became of those who escaped in the plane? That they don’t tell us, but we can conclude that they also lived out their lives, and that their flash sideways episodes happened whenever they died.

  3. I don’t think it’s necessary for this post, but just in case:

    ****SPOILERS****

    They didn’t die six years ago. Everything that happened in what the fans called the “flash-sideways” was a kind of purgatory… everything else was real. Christian said exactly that when he was talking to Jack at the end.

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    • And what makes the flash sideways unreal? It is only purgatory to the main timeline in the sense that it is in that timeline that they resolve what happened in the main one.

      If the story were to continue back at the start they could resolve this history out infinitely. I have already read the idea that Hurley created the whole of the flash sideways. Such a possibility makes this or any other parallel timeline possible, including the possibility that they were dead from the start.

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      • But you just love to find all possibilities, no matter how unlikely. I agree completely with Shanny Boy. (See other comment.)

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