[Spoiler Alert: Do NOT read if you have not seen the LOST series finale]
The LOST series finale is as bittersweet as they come. A determined Jack has to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to fulfill his purpose and help his friends, just as Charlie did at the end of Season 3. Therefore, following Spock’s principle “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few … or the one.”
We get several answers at the end of the show, but to follow in LOST tradition there are still questions remaining with plenty of room for interpretation. These are going to be influenced based on your thoughts and beliefs. Why did Jack not turn into a Smoke Monster? We know what the numbers mean, but why are the numbers all over the place? If you were expecting straightforward answers to all the premises of the show, I hate to break it to you, but you were watching the wrong show for the past 6 years.
My interpretation of the ending is that Hurley and Ben with help from Desmond (who is the constant and can move back and forth between these places) figured out how to create this limbo/purgatory existence in order to unite everybody and prepare them to move on towards the Light. Do not be confused, the Island was real, and it represents the most important years of our heroes’ lives.
“Everyone dies some time, kiddo. Some of them before you, some of them long after you … there is no now here… This is the place you all made together so you could find one another. The most important part of your life was the time you spent with these people. That’s why you’re all here. Nobody does it alone, Jack: you needed all of them, and they needed you … to let go.”
Thanks LOST for six amazing years of brilliant storytelling and great lunch and dinner discussions with my wife and friends. Sadly, it is time… to let go.
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