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Lost: What Did You Think of “The End?” (Initial Reactions)

Lost series finaleTonight we bid adieu to Lost after six seasons on the air. The series finale had a lot to live up to and, without question, it wasn’t going to please everyone.

The producers have long said that the series was about the people. The title referred to their place in life and, through their experience, they grew and changed. In the end, all of our Losties (and many of their loved ones) are all together again, bound by the most important time in their lives — their time on the island.

In looking at the immediate reaction, it seems that many people feel cheated. I think it stems from (I believe) the misconception that the characters were dead the whole time.

We were told that the Losties were not dead and not in purgatory and they weren’t. Their experience on the island was real. They were all dead by the end of the show, in the church — a place they all created so that they could reunite once they had each passed away. As Christian told his son, some of them died before Jack did (on the island) and some died after.

What did you think of the series finale of Lost? Satisfying or upsetting? Love it or hate it? How does this one rank against other series finales?

UPDATE: If you were confused by the final images, blame ABC.

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Stu January 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Lost is the greatest TV series of all time hands down, Its a shame many people were either not sharp enough or too lazy to understand its EPIC conclusion. Those that blindly believe the unanswered questions myth are sheep, they hide behind this fallacy to protect their ego’s, as they don’t want to accept they didn’t “get it”.

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John June 11, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I saw the whole thing differently. The sideways world was another universe/ another life and they awoke to remember the original universe. everything was real. They aren’t dead. Juliet said it worked when she stuck the bomb to prevent the plane (815) from crashing. It did work but split the universe. They needed to remember their other selves so they can let go and move on with this life. A gift you can say from the Island for helping it and saving it.

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scott January 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I watched the series and I did get the ending but, I felt that the series was building up to something that it did not deliver. I watched it with my best- friend. he and I both felt that instead of a great ending, it instead petered out. He seems to believe that the disk set will have an alternate series finale ending scene, I know that that is not true.
I loved the series, but not the way it ended.

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Mike July 30, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Some interesting points..especially about Claire’s baby. Elaine is an easy answer, though. She missed out on the relationship with Charles and her son in the real life, so she doesn’t want it to end in sideways world.

Oh, and Richard called it hell because he couldn’t explain what it was. For all he knew, it was hell, but in the end, the island was a real island with supernatural elements.

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Patricia June 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

i dont know what to think of the ending. I want to know what happend to Kate, Sawyer, Clare, Richard. Did clare get to see her son agian was kate still part of the babys life did sawyer ever get to meet his daughter. did richard ever get to be human again and why was richard not in the end of the show is he still not dead these things are what confussed me. as well as why did they make juliet jack ex and why did they have a son and would that not make the two of them rember if they were still in contact with ecother and same with sun and jin. these are just things that do not make since to me. and how is it that desmond and libby are the frist to find this all out.

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Kennan July 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I agree with you about Jack and Juliet, as well as your other comments. If the sideways world in season 6 is all after death, and was a place the losties had created to reunite, does that mean Juliet and Jack somehow had their son after they died and had previously created all this “after death dream world” while they were on the island? Where did he come from?
How could Claire have her son after death as well as on the island?
Didn’t Richard say in season 6, while still on the island, that they were in hell? And yet we are told the island part is all real and not some type of purgatory?
Why was Elaine so intent on not letting the losties know they were dead?

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Average Citizen May 28, 2010 at 12:28 am

I’m kind of indifferent, even though I’ll never warm up to the idea of playing a weepy series of musical cues essentially set to a bunch of slo-mo shots as an acceptable way to close out a show.

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gloria May 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm

this show lived up to its name (lost) when it lost me.

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Jeff May 26, 2010 at 10:23 am

I didn’t feel cheated because I thought the LOSTies were dead the whole time. I felt cheated because I’ve been waiting since 2004 for a revelation with respect to the mysteries the show introduced. I’m not just talking about the sci-fi/fantasy stuff either. There were mysteries that involved the characters. E.g., there were several connections between the characters in their “pre-crash” lives (besides the obvious which also didn’t seem to be highly prioritized by the writers – Jacob picking them). I thought, back in Season 1, that the success of the show (not financially obviously but artistically) would ride on how the underlying sci-fi/fantasy mystery or what I’m choosing to call the interconnectivity of the LOSTies was explained/resolved. That’s what set this show apart, after all…

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Hansi Rojas May 26, 2010 at 10:02 am

For those like me, really interested in the plot instead of the charaters alone, I understand how disappointed you must feel! It’s fine if character fucused viewers liked it, I enjoyed it myself at the emotional level, but there is no chance I can be satisfied. What were the writters thinking? All the beautiful & challenging mysteries of the island were deliberately managed to keep us hooked, and that would’ve been ok if by the end we got the long waited answers… unfortunately that was not the case.

I had faith in the series, CC & DL until the end, but then they came up with an ending that could perfectly fit for many other shows. As I discussed with a friend of mine, a last season as this would be fine for “Supernatural”; but for Lost?? no way; they just made the island pointless along with all the enchantment around it.

So sad; I feel cheated…

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Kennan July 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I think you are right on in your comments. The finale was very moving emotionally, a few answers were given, the characters were well-played and all, but i still feel “tricked” and missing alot and have not been able to reconcile what i used to love about the show with how it ended. I still feel left empty and cheated by realizing there will never be an answer to a myriad of things i had waited six seasons to discover. There really needed to be several more episodes to explain things satisfactorily to bring closure to not just the characters and the emotional side of things, but the islands mysteries. The island’s unusual qualities were just as important to the story as the charcater developments and the writers made that so by using its mysteries to get us to watch more, but then left us hanging as to what much of it was even all about. 12 minutes of extra footage on the upcoming dvd is hardly enough time to answer them. Some sort of follow-up full explanation in writing or a movie is the only way to satisfy the many fans who felt cheated as far as the unsolved mysteries are concerned. But i doubt we will ever see this and i seriously wonder if the writers even knew what they were getting at as far as the island itself is concerned. There are several things i don’t see how they could really be explained anyway.

I liked the flash backward and forward and time travel seasons, but how in the world did the losties even create this place in season six where they would meet in the afterlife? So many scenes in it seem senseless. Maybe i missed something, but if they had by some unfathomable mechanism all set up this future place to meet in the sideways world while they were on the island, why did they not all end up in the church to begin with instead of having to go through a long process of discovering they were really dead? Were all the other people in the police station and airport and hospital, etc. dead as well in the sideways world? How could Claire have her baby both when she was alive and in the sideways world when she was dead? She had Aar0n twice?! Can anyone make sense out of that? To me the sideways world was a copout.
It was fun while it lasted but i don’t think i have ever felt so unfulfilled and empty after seeing a show with such promise of being the best ever. I just guess the best thing to do is say that the ride was fun and something to look forward to since it kept one guessing, but the show got so complicated that it probably was impossible to logically tie many things up anyway except for the characters stories. That’s the best i can make of it.

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Mike May 26, 2010 at 12:10 am

If you thought this story was about answers, you didn’t get it. I am glad I was on the side of the audience that got it, and enjoyed it. Seems like such a sad waste of time for the people who missed the whole point. Sad.

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Average Citizen May 28, 2010 at 12:41 am

You can judge a person’s intellect far more accurately by their ability to accept and admit that something is or was not all it was presented to be without having to fall back on a weak excuse like “you didn’t get it”.

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Unprejudiced June 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I am not sure why the people who fell for the cop-out seem to think that the rest of us somehow “didn’t get it”.

I get it……… I just think it was a disgusting farce that was disrespectful to me as a viewer and lacked any true creativity.

I feel exactly the opposite. I feel sad for the sheep-like people who are so closed minded and incapable of thought that they just simply accept whatever is handed to them as long as it is wrapped in pretty paper……..

I am glad I am on the side of the audience that understood exactly what truly happened.

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Abobakr August 5, 2011 at 8:52 am

Unprejudiced……………..you gave the best words im exactly with you

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jen May 25, 2010 at 2:08 pm

basically this is it. they made it all up as they went along, then realised they had to find an ending ,they were well out off there depths and a bit thick so copped out with a very sad and quite frankily school kid essay ending, hope they only get sitcoms from now on, cos i for one will not watch any of there bad thought out stories again

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Melissa D. May 26, 2010 at 6:43 am

Really? Because if you rewatch the series knowing how everything turns out, you wouldn’t say that. If you understood that the major themes are life and death, light and dark, faith and science – this would be the exact right finale.

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Steve C. June 3, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Absolutely. The sci-fi elements of the show were cool and all, but, for me, the show was always about the things you listed, especially ‘man of science, man of faith’. They stay true to those themes throughout the show.

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Steve C. June 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Maybe the show outgrew its ending, but that was always JJ’s ending. Damon and Carlton said it over and over again that they always knew the final scene, it was just a matter of when they finally got there if they deserved it or not… I personally think they did.

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ollie May 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Ive had a day to reflect the day before an exam (perfect) and I watched it thinking it was the best show and episode of tv ive ever seen I cried at the end loved every scene (especially locke and jack fight and the last scene) im tore up a bit inside about just how great it was. What I can’t do is get closure theress a few things like what was the point in chasing Locke after he was mortal and what would have happened if it would have stayed uncorked and why Jakc had to stay.
To me it was the greatest show ive ever seen and the best ending ever, it embodies everything about lostgreat story telling over shadowed lack of answers. Id have to thave given it a 9.9 tho because I still don’t know clearly enough how the island would have affected the world and therefore why jack had to stay and finally why it all really mattered. Nonetheless the greatest show of all time just wish I had some closure

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admin May 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm

@ollie: The cork had to be replaced because the island (and perhaps the world) was being destroyed without it in place. When the cork was pulled, Jack and Man in Black were able to hurt one another and Man in Black was mortal. If Man in Black was still alive when the cork was replaced, I’m betting he wouldn’t be mortal any longer.

Jack had to stay because he took Jacob’s place. He passed the job to Hurley and then sacrificed himself to recork the hole. If you recall, we didn’t see him climb out of the cave, he was thrown there, just as Jacob’s brother’s body was (I think in the same position). He was dying, both from being in the cave and his wound, but made his way to die in the same spot that he woke up. Full circle.

Don’t forget, the season six DVD set will have about 20 minutes of extra footage and answers to minor questions that weren’t covered during the series. If you don’t want to buy it, it’ll be available on Netflix. Hope that helps!

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