The End

The End • season 6 • episode 17

Matt, 31 — New Jersey (USA) :

It was THE end of “The End”. I had watched all six seasons of Lost with my parents; it started when I was a single college student living at home, and it ended with them joining my wife and me in our own home.

I had spent the six seasons living and dying with every episode. Usually I would pause and think out loud, my mother joining in to the half-baked, literary discussion, my father patiently waiting. During the course of the six seasons my girlfriend-then-wife had been brought up to speed in the beginning, then her interest waned, then she came back for the final few episodes.

So there we were, my wife, parents and I, watching the finale conclude. Since the end date had been announced three years earlier, we had all asked ourselves “How will it end?” And then, in what seemed to be a single moment, it was explained: they lived, they died, they were together, they moved on. The love they felt for one another on this world would keep them together in the next.

It had been daylight when we started watching; it was deep dusk as our characters faded to white, as Jack died, and as the white “LOST” appeared on blackened screen, a resolved, happy, harmonic cord playing. We sat in stunned silence; my cheeks were wet with my tears.

There was no discussion while the credits played. We were stunned —we were heartbroken— we were fulfilled.

As I turned the TV off (and kept the lights off, for I didn’t want my father to see that I had cried), I shared aloud a personal flashback aloud: standing in a convenience store in September 2004, seeing in a magazine that one of those hobbits was in the plane crash show… deciding to give it a try.

Lost had found me. I’ll be eternally grateful.

The End

The End • season 6 • episode 17

Stephen, 21 – Darlington (United Kingdom) :

Lost gave me six years of incredible story-telling and even more importantly, a community of new friends. The show has been an excellent constant through my teenage years into adulthood with its mature style and story-telling. Whilst there have been innumerable moments throughout Lost that have been so emotionally and intellectually impacting from the get-go in the pilot, to the Locke having been paralysed reveal, to… well like I say, they are too great in number to list.
I think it would be safe enough for me to settle on one of Lost‘s final images as my “Lost moment”. Vincent is a character who has bounded in and out of the show, usually around a momentous event, but more importantly during an emotional one.
Man’s best friend accompanying a dying man, and the fact that my own dog walked into my lounge when Vincent plodded into the final scene of Lost just blew me over the edge.
I was already breaking up over such a powerful conclusion to the story: Jack’s sacrifice and the closure of Island narrative with the other character’s escapes and new on-island destinies as the entire series comes to full loop.
Any loved character dying is a heartbreaking moment, but this was such an emotional one as I was realising that the show was now concluded, it has completed its journey and moved on and that nobody does it alone, like Jack had Vincent, I was with my close Lost fan buddies as we all came to accept the end.

I love you, dad.

The End • season 6 • episode 17

Manuela, 22 – Buenos Aires (Argentina) :

Choosing one moment is really hard, but I’ll go for the Shephards conversation in the church. Just thinking about it makes me cry.

Jack has always been my favourite character, and, as if Lost ending wasn’t emotional enough, everything leading up to their moment added up, so that I was already crying by the time Jack turned around to see him standing there (I cried the whole episode, actually).

Their hug, their long-coming talk was perfect. I figured Jack was dead a few moments before he did, and I couldn’t stop crying, but I had to focus on The End, and then it happened: Christian’s words about that being a place they made together to find one another… I can’t begin to say how much LOVE, actual love I felt when he said it.

The characters that I had fallen for, actually ended up together forever. Because their relationships were THAT special. Because Lost was THAT perfect. Because it was all about LOVE.

And I couldn’t have been happier. Not a surprise if I say I was crying my eyes out, but it was perfect. If Darlton had asked me to think of the end myself, it would have never, ever surpassed what we got.

I know they aren’t “real” people, and they are “just” characters, but it never felt that way for me; the fact that we witnessed the most important part of their lives… that they learned to live together before our eyes… it’s TOO beautiful.

And I know I’m too cheesy, but Lost truly left a mark on both my heart and soul.

I don’t know what will happen when my personal end comes, but I sure hope it’ll be half as great as our Losties’ was.

You don’t have a son, Jack.

The End • season 6 • episode 17

Tony, 24 — London (United Kingdom) :

Each episode of Lost gave an example of great storytelling, whether it had to do with the mythology or the characters. But as Lost ended, despite me not wanting to believe what the writers were telling us, I had to agree the only bit that mattered in this show was the characters and their relationships with one another. Through seeing flashbacks every week for six years, we all became invested with what these characters had been through. The finest example of all those tragic backgrounds was John Locke.
The ultimate contrast and the driving force of the show was Locke vs Jack, Faith vs Science. As a man of science myself, perhaps I should have felt cheated and angry, like many other viewers, with the religious ending to the show, but I honestly thought it was perfect. I felt one scene in particular resonated with me. At this point in the finale we could see that the characters that had died in the island-time were waking up and remembering their lives. Now although deep down I knew what was coming, especially concerning Jack’s fate – because, let’s face it, being the hero, he had to die – I, like Jack, didn’t want to let go.
What we need to do is go… Will you come with me?” John asks, to which Jack snaps back: “WE are not going anywhere.” The smile Locke then gives Jack was one of the saddest/happiest moments of the finale for me. He looked at him like it was the good old days, them disagreeing, a flashback to season one. Terry O’quinn, undoubtedly my favorite actor throughout the series, managed to display the sense of companionship and friendship Locke felt towards Jack. He was enjoying the fact they were still disagreeing even here, wherever here was. The fact that he wanted to go with Jack again was a really touching moment. And at the end of the scene, when Locke says “You don’t have a son, Jack“, I could see the signs that Jack himself knew this, that it was obvious he couldn’t deny what was happening for much longer, that he would remember and Lost WOULD end. This scene really sums Lost up for me.
At its best Lost was a story about love and friendship, about sacrifice and fate. I can understand some people NEED answers to every question but I don’t. I think what we all need to remember looking back on this show was what it was like to watch it at the time! The suspense and the not-knowing and theorising was the fun of it, but in “The End”, the characters’ stories needed to be concluded. True fans should be proud that the writers ended it on their terms and didn’t milk it for all it’s worth. No matter how much I want more, I hope they never make anything Lost related again. Then it will go down as one of the greatest television shows ever created.

You are not John Locke, you disrespect his memory by wearing his face.

The End • season 6 • episode 17

Ryan, 24 – Penticton (BC, Canada) :

One of the most notable rivalries on the Island had always been between Jack and Locke, with Jack always refusing to accept or believe anything Locke faithfully spouted. Near the end of season 5, and throughout season 6 when Jack began to realize Locke was right, it really made me happy. In the final episode, when unLocke (MiB) and Jack were lowering Desmond into the hole, the greatest exchange of words for me occured.
This remind you of anything Jack? You and me, with Desmond in a hole. If there was a button, we could argue about wether or not to push it, it would be just like old times.” This line made me smile, but it was what Jack said next that made the six seasons of Jack and Locke fighting perfect in every way: “You are not John Locke, you disrespect his memory by wearing his face, but you’re nothing like him, turns out he was right about most everything. I just wish I could have told him when he was still alive.
When Jack said that, I couldn’t have been happier. When I watched Lost for six years, in my eyes the show was always about Faith vs Science (Locke vs Jack). Seeing Jack speak in Lockes’ honor, it made the show, and is my Lost moment.

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The End • season 6 • episode 17

Alan, 32 – San Francisco, California (USA) :

I rented a hotel room just to watch the series finale of Lost. I was staying with my family and knew that I would probably –happily– be a teary mess by the time the show was over and I wanted to be sure that I was somewhere where I could blubber in peace. So I drove to Santa Cruz, CA to a room with a view of the ocean, I thought it would be a perfect place to watch the end of my favorite story ever. I sat through the clip show before the finale, munching on snacks bought at the corner liquor store and started to get anxious. “Was I a complete moron for going to all this trouble just to watch an episode of television?
Finally 9:00 came and the show started and the very first thing I saw was Christian’s coffin coming out of an Oceanic Airlines plane and immediately I thought: “Oh, God, this whole show has been about Jack reuniting with his father. Of course. How heartbreaking. How beautiful.” (This may have something to do with my own dead dad issues.) I knew, right then, that all the time and energy I had spent on the show for that night –and over the previous years– was worth it. And, once the show was over, after bawling my eyes out (I was right, I was a mess), I went out on the balcony and stared out into the ocean and was happy that I was not a moron. Not in this case, anyway.

I’ll do it.

What they died for • season 6 • episode 16

Javier, 19 — Maracaibo (Venezuela)

Lost was, is, and will continue to be my life. It may sound like a cliché, but I mean it literally. It all started when I was just 13 years old, and six years later, there isn’t a single friend who doesn’t make the connection of Javier = Lost. There isn’t a single situation I can’t reflect on Lost. There isn’t a single Lost character I don’t feel identified with.
Choosing a single moment pains me. Say, I’m now a medical student, all because of “Do No Harm” — and Jack, my single hero. Or say, crying on the floor, punching it with all of my might, after I saw three of my best friends die on a submarine (saddest day of my life, by the way). But when it comes to picking one, I have to go with Jack taking on Jacob’s job.
Why this moment? Because right there, even before the church scene, is when Jack finally let go. You can see it on his face, hear it in his words. When Jack steps up and says “I’ll do it“, he finally comes to accept everything that has happened in his life. And at the same time he did it, I let go too.
Ever since around the time I started watching Lost, my life had been filled with suffering, and the “show” (I hate that word for it) was the only thing keeping me up. I had cried, yelled, even inflicted harm on myself. But at that right moment, as Jack let go, I was able to do it too. It was exactly the same thing he had told John before — that they could let go at the same time.
Ever since that day, I have never been a miserable person. Of course, I have cried, I have yelled again, but I’m not that miserable dude anymore. Lost fixed me. Jack and all of the others were able to do something I had tried and tried for a lot of years.
Every character death made me feel something breaking in myself. Then comes the final episode, and everything changes: everytime one of them awakes in the Flashsideways, I felt the exact opposite: I felt pieces of myself coming together. I literally felt myself being fixed.
There’s one thing I’ll never let go, and it’s Lost. I couldn’t be more grateful for it. Lost changed my life, made me a better man, and more importantly, Lost fixed me. Live together, die alone.

You were ALL flawed.

What they died for • Season 6 • Episode 16

Emily, 23 – Santa Barbara, California (USA) :

Sawyer: “I was doing just fine until you dragged my ass out to this damn rock–

Jacob: “No you weren’t. None of you were. I didn’t pluck any of you out of a happy existence. You were ALL flawed. I chose you because you were like me- you were all alone. You were all looking for something you couldn’t find out there.  I chose you because you needed this place as much as it needed you.

Throughout the past six years of Lost I have always recognized a bit of me within the main characters whether it be: Claire’s abandonment issues, Hurley’s sanity and health, Locke’s struggle with faith and most especially Kate’s need to run. For six years I watched this show with these feelings deeply embedded within me, struggling to figure out the meaning and answers to everything.
Yet near the end of the sixth season, with all its questions remaining unanswered and new ones being created every week comes this speech by Jacob.  Finally.  Finally it has meaning.  This was exactly what I could connect to.  Feeling flawed.  Alone.  It was at this moment everything clicked, although I’m still trying to understand how.  I still feel so many of these things, still am looking for something I can’t, or have yet to find.  Yet amidst all of it, I know that I needed this place, I needed Lost as much as it needed me.

What about Jin and Sun?

The Candidate • season 6 • episode 14

Jenny, 21 – Portland, Maine (USA) :

Sun and Jin have just been forever lost to us… Jack is dragging Sawyer’s lifeless body onto the beach as Kate exclaims “I couldn’t find you, I couldn’t find you…” Then Kate says to Jack, her voice hoarse, already knowing, without hearing the reply “What about Jin and Sun?”  Jack simply shakes his head, fiercly holding back his tears… Hurley and Kate start to shake with their sobs, Jack forces himself up, instead of comforting them he walks over to the shoreline, hands at his sides, he looks up blinking back the tears that will come eventually, he stares at the night sky and as he sharply inhales, the scene cuts out…
I am a student, a photographer, a writer.  I am a lot of things, and I have been shaped by many people.  Lost has had a profound impact on my life, the meaning of friends has become sharper, clearer to me because of this show.

And God help us if it ever leaves this island! Because if it–

Everybody loves Hugo • season 6 • episode 12

Heather, 21 – Hattiesburg, Mississippi (USA) :

My best friend and I watched the last season of LOST together. Both of us hate when stupid, impractical things happen on TV shows that aren’t consistent with the logic of the show over all. In Season 6, Episode 12 (“Everybody Loves Hugo”), we got so frustrated with Ilana when she was just throwing the dynamite around carelessly. “Really, LOST? After everything you said about the dynamite, you’re going to let her get away with that?” A few seconds later, she exploded. We laughed hysterically, and at that moment we were thankful that a show that can be as crazy as LOST at least sticks to its own logic. It never really let us down.