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ABC’s LOST: the ultimate theory and explanation

ABC’s LOST explained!

Still wondering what the television show LOST was all about? I have answers!


SPOILER ALERT – the following article will completely explain and therefore give away to the most important puzzle pieces from the hit ABC television series LOST. Therefore if you haven’t seen the show and don’t want the end to be spoiled, stop reading this article right here! As for the rest of you who have wondered… what did it all mean? I have the answer for you!

Now that the spoiler warning is out of the way, lets get right to it…

Are there Twinkies in there mommy?
Are there Twinkies in there mommy?

The most mysterious lingering question remaining regarding the television show LOST is… what is the golden light in the cave at the heart of the island?

If only we knew what the light was maybe we could determine what the island was. And if we knew those facts we could piece together all the remaining details. Some might say the question was already answered when Jacob claimed the island was like a cork (when he said that he wasn’t lying which I will explain later) yet saying the island is a cork really only raises another question instead of giving any type of comprehensive answer, after all… if the island is a cork, what does that mean? I for one am glad that the writers didn’t spell it all out for us because if they had, it would have robbed us the opportunity to ponder the larger questions and solve the puzzle ourselves and ultimately that was the fun of LOST.


The golden light in the cave at the heart of the island is the same light that was behind the frozen donkey wheel that the MIB, Ben, and Locke, all were attempting to manipulate or channel to their benefit throughout the show. It also seems to be the same light (or a type of it) that engulfed the island when Desmond flipped the fail safe, when Juliette ignited Jughead, and each time our losties were bounced around when the island was skipping in time.

Most folks assume the light is God, or spirituality, or possibly the personification of goodness, or life, or something similarly vague. None of those solutions help us piece together the puzzle that is LOST.

Drum roll please…

408 thoughts on “ABC’s LOST: the ultimate theory and explanation”

  1. Hi man. I enjoyed reading your theory maybe as much as you did writing it. A true lost fan you are, have a good one
    May the best of your past be the worst of your future!

  2. all these theories are wrong, isn’t it obvious. It ended exactly how it should have. The makers knew how it would end before they even made the first episode. In the first episode Locke shows Walt a board game with white and black checkers. Locke looks at Walt and says “one is light and one is dark” and holds up a white checker in one hand and black in the other. There is a reason Locke has a better understanding of the island. Before we knew about the black mist we thought it was a monster. It killed the pilot, but no one else sees what it is. later Locke is walking in the jungle and we hear the monster and Locke looks directly at it. Later he’s on the beach completely unharmed, Charlie asked if he saw the monster and he says “no”. He is obviously lying, he looked directly at it. Later jack finds the caves and finds the dead skeletons. He picks up a small bag on the skeleton and inside is two marbles, one white, one black. Also later Clare starts having nightmares about her baby. In her dream she hears a baby crying and follows it and runs into Locke. When Locke looks at her, Locke has one black eye and one white eye. Whoever those two skeletons were had already known about the island and its prophecy of the dark and of the light. There’s a reason Locke can walk again. When he saw that black mist he made a deal with it for his legs back and knowledge of the island and protection while on the island. When Locke was younger he met his mom who told him he didn’t have a father and was meraculusly conceved. Born with no father, remind you of someone? Locke did end up finding his “father” who just used him to get a free kidney. That’s what the makers want you to think but that wasn’t his father it was a phoney just trying to get a free kidney. Locke was chosen from the beginning to fulfil the prophecy. Later Jack, Locke, Kate, Herly and a few others made it back to America. There we are introduced to Jacob aka “light”. He is basically a Christ-like figure. He touches all the characters from the island except for John Locke who is back in his wheelchair since he is no longer with the “black” mist who gave him his legs back. Locke is emotionally torn because life without walking is horrible so he kills himself. Later we find Jack, Herly, Kate, and Jacob on the same plane together, little do they know John Locke’s corpse is in a coffin in the cargo of the plane. And of course it crashes again on the island. They see locke’s coffin but it’s empty. Locke shows up alive and resurrected, but it’s not Locke anymore, it’s the “black”mist. Locke was manipulated and used before, history repeats itself when Locke’s corpse shows up the black mist inhabits his body. this leaves Locke aka “dark” vs Jacob aka “light”. the prophecy had shown the final ultimate battle of good “light” vs evil ”dark”. Jacob and Locke battle. Locke goes crazy and defeats Jacob. Evil won. The evil defeats good. This means defeat not only to Jacob and Jack and Herly etc. but to the entire way of existence. Without balence between good and evil then destruction and death to all. Then we find our beloved characters in pergatory. They lost. And that’s how the creators named the show lost. Evil prevailed in the end and Good had LOST. They all lost to evil.

  3. LOST is and always will be the best tv series I’ve ever watched, pondered, cried over and head scratched about. Finding your blog after having watched the series TWICE helped me push away other theories I just couldn’t quite accept… and iI made peace with yours. Now this allows me to watch it for a THIRD time, YEARS later and enjoy it all the more.
    Thank you and your brain and willingness to put this out there, for non-philosophically minded folks like myself.

  4. This was brilliant and mind blowing! I’m a huge lost fan and your words and thoughts brightened my day and gave me so much to think about. You are right on this one! Amazing article!!!! :)

  5. Question: if the button device needed to be far from the The Others’ quarters so that they could lead a normal life then how come our heroes didn’t experience the same day over and over? If I got it right time goes back every 108 minutes so the device is really keeping time to flow naturally. Does that make sense?

  6. I just finished Lost last night. I had problems along the way with the plot (s) but you’re explanation really helps. I still think that the Alt was a parallel reality brought about by the atom bomb. The plane didn’t crash and their lives went on but intersected nonetheless.
    The ending was truly meaningful in how they all came together in death.
    Thank you for the explanation.

  7. Ok you are saying that the monster is just a cloud of mindless memories but then why does Locke(which is monster) in season six says that he was a human once and liked the feel of his feet on ground

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