As much confidence as we have in the story we’re telling, we are also comfortable saying, “But what do we know?” This is our best version of the story of Lost, and it’s the definitive one. The worst thing we could ever do is not end it, or go with some bullshitty ending like a snowglobe or a cut to black. That was genius on The Sopranos, but The Sopranos isn’t a mystery show. For us, we owe our best version of a resolution here.
— Damon Lindelof in Wired Magazine issue 18.05
I was a latecomer to Lost, having waited several years to start watching the first season on DVD. I continued watching the series with interest (but also with a lack of urgency) until a couple of weeks before the final season started in February. Then, determined to get caught-up, I embarked on a two-season, 31-episode, viewing marathon that allowed me to experience the closing chapter of Lost alongside millions of other viewers.
Needless to say, I love this show. With its mixture of fantasy, religion, philosophy, science fiction, action, and character-driven stories, it is unmatched by anything else on television – past or present. And unlike most other television series, the creators of Lost were able to fully tell – and end – the story they envisioned.
And that’s what I want to talk about here. Not the show’s flaws – there are plenty – but how producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse chose to end things. Or not end things, depending on your opinion.
Warning: Spoilers Below