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ABC’s LOST: the ultimate theory and explanation


Looking at the the show through this filter (the light being time, the smoke monster being the past), it makes the finale that much more epic. Jack has spent all six seasons of LOST chasing and battling his past and now he actually gets to fight the past physically on the cliff-side! Jack (with Kate’s help) confront and defeat the past, but not without paying a price, the past has mortally wounded Jack. At this point the only way Jack can move on is for him to let go of the past which he does in the sideways reality (metaphorically), and on the island with Desmond’s help in the cave of time errrr… golden light. In a way, you can think of the entire show of LOST as a symbolic battle between our past and our future. We are left asking ourselves… if we were somehow given a clean slate would we give in to our own smoke monsters and be consumed by our past making the same mistakes we had made already? Or, would we let go of our past, embrace our future, learn from our mistakes and move on?

You have to learn to let your past go. Or better yet, throw it off a cliff.
You have to learn to let your past go. Or better yet, throw it off a cliff.

LOST was one of the best, most creative, mentally compelling, TV shows ever produced. The writers and producers took a huge chance by not spelling out the answer to every puzzle, and they stayed true to their style by allowing us fans to speculate and figure out the ultimate meaning of the show. Yet LOST wasn’t just a mystery it was also a symbolic statement about the very core of human nature told with great dialog, fantastic acting, and some of the best science fiction ever laid down on film. Because of all of this, LOST has staying power (it sticks to your ribs) and hopefully the theory I have presented above will be as fun to read as it was fun for me to write.

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I would love to get your comments on my theory so please post them below!

Some people have asked me if I have thoughts on the meaning of the sideways reality that was one of the main themes in season six. A couple weeks before I wrote the blog post above I wrote Understanding and learning to love the ending of LOST which focuses on the the ALT/sideways reality from season 6.

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

  1. Very thoughtful and beautiful theory. Watching Season 6 it gives me much to think about. Even if the producers didn’t have your exact idea in mind, they certainly played with it in various forms.

    In an interview early in season 6 they said they were interested in showing us both what had happened if Juliet’s actions worked and didn’t work. But remember they are writers, and really played with this idea throughout the season.

    I get a lot of meta out of the ending because I think we have to let go and move on in time just as the Losties do. Ironically, the beauty of the work that is LOST makes it precious in the eyes of fans, and make LOST itself very hard to let go.

  2. Oh my god! This makes so much sense! Just watching it all for the 2nd time and it all clicks now! Thanks!!!

  3. This is pretty strong work, Eric, thanks for this. I have one immediate question (and possibly more to follow. I just finished watching the series for the first time last night):

    If the very first attempt by the Egyptians to manipulate the flow of time from the light cave resulted in its being made into an island that’s untethered to the rest of the universe spatially and temporally, it seems like there’d be no real reason for it to have to have a “protector.” Right? Wouldn’t this mean that any attempts to use the cave to change “our” reality only result in changes occurring on the island itself? Seems like it. I’ll offer the fact that Widmore’s freighter was able to anchor a relatively small distance offshore and avoid the anomalies as one example.

    In this sense, the cave wouldn’t control the flow of time everywhere, it would be dependent on it until separated from it. Manipulating it doesn’t alter the universe, it just separates the cave from the rest of space-time.

    It’s kind of a tough way to think about the story, because from that point on, the rest of the story of the island, including all the pain and suffering endured by the Oceanic 815 survivors, boils down to an incorrect assumption by paranoid and murderous Ancient Times CJ Craig. And it would mean that Jack did, in fact, die for nothing?

  4. Jennifer, Tunisia was a remote place in relation to the characters in the story. Remote as in… distant, faraway, far, etc. Heck, Canada was remote in relation to the Losties. Furthermore in a very real way all of humanity was remote in relation to our characters as they had become disjointed from the normal existence that the rest of us enjoy.

    That being said… if this is the worst criticism of my article then I am happy.

    Thanks for taking the time to read it.

  5. Only an American would say that Tunisia is a remote place! It’s on the north coast of the continent of Africa, what the hell is remote about that? The Cook Islands are remote, not Tunisia! Sorry dude, it’s hard to respect your opinion on Lost after you’ve said such an ignorant geographical thing.

  6. I’m still lost, I’m very confused about the end of the show. It showed them returning back from that flight living very different lives, so all that was not real? Or was that real but Desmond had to gather all the people together so they could let go as they said in the show to move on because they all died?

  7. Luv’d it! Seeing it again next week for 2nd round 1 – 6 Seasons!

    By the way, what happen with the dog, Vincent?

  8. ChelD asked “why does the SmokeMonster/MIB want to leave the island so badly?”

    Been a very long time since I’ve seen the show, but I think he simply wanted freedom for its own sake. He was imprisoned on the island by the will of others or the “will” of the mysterious island itself. He was rebelling. Lost was pretty much a mish-mash of a bunch of different religions or religious ideas thrown into a blender. One could see MIB as a fallen angel type figure rebelling against the rules of God, or rebelling against Nature itself. Or, very much like the Force from Star Wars, both good and evil, light and darkness, have their place. But there must be balance.

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