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LOST: Season Finale Recap & Spoilers!

LOST: Season Finale Recap & Spoilers!

The 2.5-hour Lost series finale aired on Sunday night (May 23) after six seasons and some 120 episodes later. It was one hell of a ride — especially the final five minutes!

Click inside for an entire episode recap and spoilers!

  • Jack becomes the new Jacob and protector of the island, the antagonist to the “Man in Black” / Smoke Monster in John Locke’s body
  • Jack and “John Locke” go to the heart of the island / tunnel of light with Desmond – bc he is a weapon to the island’s magnetic existence. Desmond drains the light/heart of the island…and the island starts to sink.
  • In order to make that parallel universe happen, Jack believes he must kill John Locke and save the island.
  • Jack and John Locke have a showdown on the rock cliffs. As John Locke stabs Jack and is about to kill him, Kate shoots and kills him, and Jack kicks his body into the ocean.

In the Flash Sideways:

  • Desmond is reuniting all the characters and is helping them remember their time on the island.
  • Ben Linus is Alex’s teacher and mentor. Alex invites him to dinner where he shares a romantic connection with Alex’s mom, Danielle Rousseau.
  • Desmond works for Charles Whitmore, and connects with Penny through the charity concert the Whitmores are planning.
  • Hurley and Libby reconnect through Desmond, and Hurley begins to help Desmond reconnect everyone.
  • Hurley and Boone help push Sayid and Shannon back together. Sayid and Shannon remember.
  • Daniel Faraday connects with Charlotte at the charity concert event.
  • Kate helps deliver Claire’s baby, Aaron – backstage at the Driveshaft / Daniel Faraday concert. They both remember.
  • Charlie and Claire come together backstage. Charlie remembers.
  • Jack and Juliet are both doctors in the same hospital, used to be married, and had a son together.
  • Jin and Sun are pregnant. Juliet is their doctor. As Jin and Sun look at the sonogram, they both remember.
  • Jack gives John Locke spinal surgery, it works, and Locke remembers. This LOST recap is by
  • Sawyer and Juliet meet in the hospital. They both remember and reconnect in mutual tears of happiness.
  • Jack goes to the charity party and runs into Kate. She looks familiar to him, but he only slightly remembers when Kate touches his face.

Back to the island:

  • Sawyer, Kate, Claire, Miles, Richard Alpert, and Pilot Lapidus leave the island on the plane.
  • Jack, Hurley, Desmond, and Ben Linus go back to the tunnel of light. Jack gives Hurley the responsibility of being protector of the island. Jack puts back the magnetic stone while Desmond is pulled out. Hurley asks Ben Linus to be his helper on the island.

Back to the Flash Sideways:

  • All of the islanders meet back up at the church where Jack was supposed to have his father’s funeral.
  • Just outside the church, John Locke forgives Ben.
  • Jack goes inside the church and remembers everything about the island when he touches his father’s coffin.
  • When Jack opens the coffin, it is empty.
  • His father is standing behind him. Jack figures out that he must’ve died himself. Jack’s father says everyone eventually dies “at some point, at some time”.
  • All the characters “move on” to what seems to be heaven all together because they needed each other.
  • The episode ends with Jack dying of the knife wound in the bamboo forest on the island. He is joined by Walt’s dog, Vincent and smiles as he watches the plane with Kate, Claire, Sawyer, and the other survivors flying away – and then he dies…at the exact place where the show started.


WHAT DID YOU THINK of the Lost finale? Sound off in the comments!

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  • Kelly

    Well that’s disappointing. I was hoping it would all turn out to be a dream.

  • Just Jared

    @Kelly: You and Letterman alike.

  • Angie

    Daniel Faraday, not David Faredy.

  • Just Jared

    @Angie: Thank you so much!

  • Zazaman

    Sucked balls this show was just shit on top of shit. Who the hell liked this must have voted for george bush. That was ment to call people stupid.

  • Rose

    I’m LOST because that ending answered nothing just more questions

  • kris

    Dissapointing. Was expecting something a ltitle better

  • B

    @Zazaman: Work a bit on becoming human (this was only a TV show). Try some civility in your language (s*** b****). Get help for your anger problems (President Bush). Maybe work on your spelling too (ment),Good luck.

  • jackie

    Everyone is dead. Oh this was a 4 hankie episode. I cried!!!! The Sideways world represented purgatory but they all didn’t die at the same time. Some died right there at the crash, some later on in life but the stuff on the island was real..

  • Ryan

    This episode was amazing. It wrapped everything up quite nicely

  • .

    I’ve never seen one episode of this show. Maybe I’ll watch it one of these days.

  • sweeper

    The finale wasn’t all I’d hoped it to be. Ever since about season 3 or 4 I jokingly said they were in purgatory and turns out my joke was right. That’s why I’m disappointed. It seems they took the easy way to end it. When really I was expecting something more.

    Either way, the series was good, not great cuz I was pissed at all the questions at the end of every episode, and now I’m just left with a so so ending.

    Oh well.

  • SoSad

    Sooo… does that mean they were in purgatory the whole time?? That’s what I figured.

  • mailey

    The ending was ridiculous sad.

    Richard and Jack, so hot :) Had to be said. They should’ve brought little Jacob on Kimmel. As well as big Jacob.

  • http://Jaydee Steve

    @sweeper: @mailey: @sweeper: Did you people even watch the entire show?? They weren’t in pergatory the whole time. They were alive on the island, and all that happened there was real. The flash sideways was the pergatory, and when they alll came the realization of what happend in their lives (on the island) and how important they were to each other, they all moved on. Boy, and they say that the show has an intellectual audience. Guess not. That ending was amazing!!

  • B

    Gee, ya think there was a little Judeo-Christian propaganda stuffed in there? Talk about taking the easy way out – this was just plain sub-par writing. I feel sorry for all those who spent the last 6 years watching this baloney. You got had.

  • B

    Gee, ya think there was a little Judeo-Christian propaganda stuffed in there? Talk about taking the easy way out – this was just plain sub-par writing relying on the same old cliches. I feel sorry for all those who spent the last 6 years watching this baloney. You got had.

  • LittleHaze

    It was great. Answered enough questions to call it a finale, but left enough so that we’ll talk about it just a little bit longer. Greatest show EVER!

  • B_Duke

    @Zazaman: “Meant” not “ment”…. But we’ll excuse your Bushism… Oh sweet irony!

  • Matthew

    The key is Jack. It was his eyes that we basically saw the show through at the beginning, and end. The reason they were in the timeless “now” (not really purgatory…just a place they created to meet) even though some characters died in the past, and some weren’t yet dead, was that JACK died at the end of the show. It was his time…and his view. To all the others, it probably seemed different. Boone had to get Sharon back from Australia in their sideways-world…and was probably doing so from the moment the plane came free on the hillside.

    In the sideways world, they were all the people they thought in their hearts they SHOULD have been. Sawyer was twisted by his parents suicide in life, and became a grifter…but in his heart he always knew he should have been someone protecting others. Ben, in his sideways world, was a teacher, a gentle person who was finally able to be a good father to Alex. Someone gentle, and giving. That he was so far from that in reality is why, despite the grace of Hurley and the forgiveness of Locke, he could still not go with them. He could not forgive himself.

  • Darius

    quite a disappointment. it was a good finale, but definitely not as good as six feet under’s series finale. jj abrams always failed to go out with a bang (the other example is alias).

  • Helen

    I knew the whole complete ending would disappoint me perhaps if I stayed and watched, and thought about backing out at the time when I saw what I needed to see, but unfortunately I ended up watching the last 12 minutes and I didn’t enjoy the ending…

    Before the last 12 minutes it was great!

  • loves insanebarfposse

    I like your description Matthew!
    I expected to not have all my questions answered. That’s what this show DOES.
    And honestly, what explanation could satisfy everyone? Expectations and speculation is so high!
    The ending was fitting, not great, but not horrible either.

  • Steve

    Great ending for even a greater show, Jack was the hero from the start until the end. Sawyer’s was the best story overall. At first I didnt like the sideways especially after just finishing the time traveling, but I now know that it was the right thing to do. Bravo to all the actors and writers and producers, now what do I watch?…..really. What?

  • Steve

    That was cool that Vincent laid down next to jack at the end, that was a good way to let Jack know he wasn’t alone, and to see the plane go by overhead was acknowledging Jack did the right thing. This will stand the test of time, you’ll see…..Ben also had a nice redemption, that was a good way for him to ask lock for forgiveness.

  • Poopcrap

    WORST FINALE EVER. I’VE WASTED 6 YEARS OF MY LIFE. HATED HATED HATED HATED HATED HATED HATED HATED HATED HATED HATED it. The writers should be ashamed. TERRIBLE. Worst cop-out ever. AWFUL. Disgraceful. Answered nothing. They’re all dead!?!? WHAT? Come on dude. How cheap do you think fans are that they’ll just eat whatever crap you feed them? Ridiculous.

  • Brian

    Ya know It sucked

  • Brian

    Ya know It sucked

  • Sean

    @Darius: J.J Abrams hasn’t been involved in this show since the pilot. Don’t blame him if you don’t like it.

  • rossy40

    I answered no because I chose to watch something else.
    Of course many people are disappointed in the finale because a) their favorite show is finished & b) questions were left unanswered. I think it’s an inevitable conclusion that when a show tries to tie up all the loose ends & satisfy viewers… It’s bound to fail. Take the “Sopranos” & “Battlestar Galactica” for instance – Their conclusions were not to everyone’s satifaction, for various reasons.
    Sometimes I think it’s better when a show ends with no resolutions as those that are canceled abruptly – I still miss some of the shows from last year, even though I might not remember their names. I can at least remember some of the episodes. There are times when new shows appear (then quickly tank) that I wish the networks would invest their money bringing the older shows back like “Pushing Daisies” & Eli Stone”.
    Yes, I’d rather see my “old” faves come back, than have a bunch of new shows (most failing) shoved down my throat… Cable is so MUCH BETTER.

  • Meli

    I wonder if all of you who are screaming that you hated the finale,have really watched it.IT WASN’T A PURGATORY!The island timeline was the real one,they lived or died,escaped the island or stayed.The last scene with Christian was after they all have died,sooner or later we all do.
    I always believed that this show wasn’t for everyone,you must be a hardcore fan to be able to follow it and get it.
    Goodbye to the most epic show of all time!

  • Anna

    So tell me if I’m wrong but :
    -It was not a purgatory . They did have a crash .
    -Those who are dead on the island , did die on the island .
    - Kate , sawyer . . . did manage to leave the island and they left behind Hurley , ” Lock ” , Jack .
    - Jack died .

    The part that i don’t get it , is the alternative life . ( dunno how to call it , I’m not english ) . Everytime they were in the real I was skipping . . .

    - Who are the Claire , the desmond . . in L.A ??

    And what is the connection between the both worlds . . . I’m definitely LOST . . :(

  • Guest

    If this was competing with Heroes and LOST, Heroes FTW. The concept of Heroes is much much better than LOST. When there’s a confusion on Heroes or LOST as many people get confused watching the show, the answer would be LOST because well it is LOST lol. Heroes > LOST or actually I’d put it like this, Heroes Season One > LOST all seasons. Whichever way to put it, Heroes is better. I’m sorry I’m not bashing it or anything, I tried to watch this show and it was too boring and complicated. I truly watched the pilot episode or halfway watching it and couldn’t continue sorry. I’m happy for you LOST fans to enjoy your show the season finale and I recommened you to watch Heroes which is better as when I’m talking about the concept only. After season one of Heroes it dropped the ball as in wasn’t as good as the first season, but realistically the show is awesome. Go watch it for yourself and you will see the comparison. Thank you for your time and understanding me and have a good day.

  • ck_always

    @Anna: It’s interpretation at this point. People will take the ending for what they want it to be, there is no right answer ..and there is no wrong answer. There’s no need for people to say “you’re wrong and that idea is stupid”, because we all look at things differently. So my opinion ..doesn’t have to be agreed or disagreed upon

    The events of the island actually happened, the survivors were alive on the island. The events of the sideways are in an ambigous timeline when ALL the survivors are gone. Christian’s statement clearly points this out, “some died before you, some after,” along with Hurley and Ben obviously having a past that is after Jack’s death in the final scene, showing more went on after his death than what we saw.

    Hugo says “you WERE a good number 2″, and Ben replies “And you WERE a good number 1″

    Miles, Lapidus, Claire, Richard, Sawyer and Kate all left the island, only to die some time after Jack.

    Jack died as he walked around the bamboos, which was obviously where he first woke up.

    Ben and Hugo did what Richard and Jacob did until who knows when, and then they died. We dont know when this happened. It could be the day after they took the job, or it could be hundreds or thousands of years after, like how it was for Jacob.

    The purgatory is timeless. When one of them dies, they experience what we just saw. So, when Locke was killed by Ben, he began to see the alternative timeline, got hit by Desmond, remembered his on-island life through Jack, and so on. They are in the same purgatory realm, even if they didn’t die at the same time.

    Island = Real
    Flash Sideways = Purgatory/Afterlife
    The Church and the final scene = Heaven

    There are so many different ways the ending can be sliced, there’s no reason to worry. If you’re confused with your own, pick someone’s story you feel you relate to and there’s your ending. With a show as big as LOST, it would have been impossible to give a definitive ending and satisfy the audience as a whole.

  • Anna

    @ck_always: Thank you so much for answering . That is clearer now : ) .


  • Jade

    @ck_always: ck_always You are SO right on the money. That is exactly what I summed it up to be myself – thank you for putting it into words. The most important part being: we will all have our own interpretations of what happened; there’s no right or wrong with LOST…the fun part for me has always been trying to figure out what was going on. No other show has ever got me talking about it incessantly at the water cooler the next day. I will be forever grateful for its intelligent storytelling…I have no idea what I’m gonna watch now!

  • Macchiato

    so lost was kind of a 6 year version of the sixth sence …. ? im soooooo disappointed.

  • Puffin

    I’m glad I gave up on this show after the first season. I was “lost” at the end of the first season – no answers given, and it sounds like no answers were given after the series finale.

  • kin

    but still. even if that was some kind of purgery or alterlife, why it looked like they were living this way for a long time, and then at some random point they just realized it? can anyone explain it?

  • jennifer

    totally loved it. very fitting end. i aagree the people complaining must not understand or may not have grasped the bigger picture over the 6 years. what happened happened. it was all relevent but irrelevent at the same time. what mattered was the PEOPLE. and their connections to each others.

  • Iffy Miffy

    Yet another end where the writers just didn’t know how to properly wrap up the plot, which got away from them, so the viewers ended up with – oh the show is about the people anyway and hey, there’s a magical sky daddy after all, we just won’t say which one not to offend anyone but you get it, so let’s send them to magic papa!
    Difference is, some will buy that bs, some won’t.

  • ArrDee


    Zazaman – your comment was MENT to call people stupid? HAHAHA – typical Progressive moron. I bet you don’t say “boo” when His Obamaness of All Things Great and Small TRIES to talk with reading his teleprompter and makes Bush sound like a Harvard professor Regarding Lost, I “lost it” when it went on and on without ANY answers. Just like The X-Files series. They took so long to even hint at real answers, most of us no longer cared.

  • berda

    I loved the ending. ,thought that they were really dead before then wasn’t sure..but glad they were all dead in the end but what happened to Michael and his son Walt? And did Jack seeing the plane leaving
    let him die in peace thinking that he did save them? But anyway I loved loved the show from the beginning.So sorry to see it go!!!

  • ArrDee

    @Iffy Miffy: Sad little life you’re living there, Iffy Miffy. You do not have the power to offend – but only to make your own choices. I hope you’re young enough and healthy enough that you find truth before your time is all gone. Eternity is a long, long time. Regarding Lost, this finale sounds like those of other shows in which it’s a love it/hate it experience. The show Rosanne – I love how it ends although it’s heartbreaking for what was a sitcom. Another one is Quantum Leap – a season finale became the series finale. Still, it is powerfully loved or disliked.

  • kyster

    Part of me is disappointed that the mechanics and meaning behind the islands mysterious power were never really revealed and in that sense I feel a little cheated about being left in the dark about the one thing that kept us all mesmerized for so many years. The Sci Fi geek in me needs that explanation like a drowning man needs air! But the show is also a superb drama of some of the most finely crafted and acted characters I have ever seen on television.

    Their friendships, interactions and ultimately blind journey through an adventure that they knew as little about as we did, is the main reason we all kept watching. To see it all wrapped up in that way, reunited, happy and prepared to move on together into a new and unfathomable journey is one of the most fitting endings they could have written.

    If the writers had said X=Y on all the mystery and given us cold hard answers to all the questions in the show, I think more of us would have been disappointed, because the mystique and power behind this winding and epic tale would have been bled out of it in an instant. Ending it definitively like that could never have lived up to the crazily high pedestal our imaginations have consistently and incrementally put this story on.

    Lost will be one of those shows you will always remember with nostalgia and I for one am thoroughly satisfied for having experienced it.

  • Iffy Miffy


    Awww, touched a raw nerve there ah? Poor little lost creature, so a magical sky daddy is needed to make sense of life ah? Yes, you need a reward and punishment to act nice and oh, oh, one life is not enough so you need eternity!
    There’s only one thing I regret in my life and that is not being able to be present when you morons die, figuring out for one split second – oh f, there’s no eternity after all, what the f was I thinking?!
    There there, go on being delusional, it’s much easier after all.

  • heather

    I hated the ending! It makes sense, but there really was no point to the whole “flash sideways” thing. The entire time I thought that the bomb worked and that Juliette only died in this line of time. And what the crap was Desmond talkijg about when he said “i don’t have to worry cause there is another life there for me”? The show was going in the perfect direction. My ending is that they all go to the light tunnel and their island life is sent to the flash sideways and they LIVE happily ever after because the bomb worked!

  • Carrie

    How come Desmond told Eloise he wouldn’t “take” her son Daniel Faraday? Daniel & Charlotte were meant to be, both died on the island and connected in the flash sideways. I didn’t see them in church. Neither did I see Miles nor Frank. Guess you had to be a member of the original Oceanic flight….. except Desmond & Penny were there, as was Juliet.

    Oh, well, I’m going to pretend the others were there, too, off camera. For all his machinations, Ben was invited but couldn’t forgive himself and join them. That’s sad….

  • Mike

    You all need to understand the episode/series a little better. The island events happened, they were all real. The flash sideways happening this season was purgatory or a holding place for all of them. They were all dead in the flash sideways, but like Christian said, we all die sometimes. Some of them died on the island, others died later in life. Then they all met, remembered, and let go, and off to heaven.

  • oatmeal

    But those people who left on the plane in the end… Did they die or what? Cuz, how was Kate, Claire etc then in the sideway life with the rest?
    Did the sideway life just begin at one spot? They had to have been there since they were born, not just appear one fine day and continue as everything was ok.
    Nah, its all too twisted.
    I remember some time ago one of the writers said in an interview they would not end it as being a dream, so I didnt think that would be the case, and purgatory was one of my guesses as well, but this … well, at least its over.
    Bring out the next , please.