10 minutes. It took me 10 minutes to decipher the LOST finale.
I know that it will be debated for years and years. I know people will bitch and complain. And lord I know it is and was confusing but, much like the 815-ers in the Alt-Timeline I had a revelation and I’m positive I’ve figured it out.
SPOILERS AHEAD. If you have not yet watched the Finale you really need to stop right now. This will completely destroy the end of the series for you.
Now that we’ve got that out-of-the-way;
Jack: they’re all dead?
Christian: everyone dies sometime, kiddo. some of them before you, some of them long after you.
Jack: but why are they all here now?
Christian: well there is no now here.
This conversation in the Church between Christian and Jack, along with the passing conversation preceding it between Hurley and Ben is what drove it home for me.
What does it mean? Why were they all in the church?? In short; the alt-timeline is an allegory for Heaven. It was a place, as Christian said, that they created so that they could all meet up again on the ‘other side’ before crossing over into the light and eternity.
Right now some of my more close minded readers are saying; “I TOLD YOU! Six years ago I told you! They all died in the plane crash and the island is heaven/hell/purgatory!”
And they’d be wrong.
The point was made blatantly obvious by Christian Shepard; “The most important part of your life was the time that you spent with these people. that’s why all of you are here. nobody does it alone, Jack. you needed all of them, and they needed you.”
In a nutshell; yes, they all died. But not in the crash of 815. But they did die eventually. Jack? He died in the bamboo after saving the Island. Hurley and Ben? They went on the run the Island for god knows how long and run it well (“you were a good number 2, Ben.” and all that.) Sawyer…Richard…Kate…Miles…Frank…Claire…they all went on to live THEIR lives. Rose and Bernard went on to live their lives, retired, on the Island…
“everyone dies sometime, kiddo. some of them before you, some of them long after you”
The point is that eventually, yes, they all died. And what we’ve seen in the alt time line this evening was us being shown the people from the Island on their path to heaven. They just had to realize that they were dead (consciously I guess) and, as Christian said, “let go.” That’s why Ben was staying outside…he wasn’t ready to let go. He’d had his revelation but wasn’t ready to let go.
As I type this, Jimmy Kimmel is giving his theory about what it all means and, basically, he’s nailing it. What happened on the Island was Jack’s “real life.” And it was his “test”, is he a good person or a bad person? Should he go to Heaven or Hell? And, basically, Jack passed the test. That’s pretty much where I was going with all this typing.
Now, to tie it back to my own understanding; The moment when Jack’s eye shut (and he died)…the final shot of the series? that was the moment that the light filled the Church. The moment that he and all his friends passed into Heaven. It leans heavily on the Christian mythos when you go to Heaven you go to Heaven in the peak of your life, the time in your life when you were at your best. And that’s what happened with everybody in that Church; they went into Heaven at the prime of their lives…as they were at a time when they were at the best, either emotionally…mentally…physically.
I know that’s crazy rambling….I know i’m about one Crazy Squirrel Baby in a Crib away from being Claire Crazy after typing that. But, assuming it makes some semblance of sense, I really think I’ve got the bastard figured out.
At the end of the day I think my friend Matt, who texted me right as I started typing all this out, said it best; “That ending took BALLS.”
Yes, Matt. Yes it did.
And I, for one, am happy I was along for the ride. All six years worth.