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Lost Lives | The End, Five Years Later

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Lost ended five years ago, and we’re still talking about it here on Post Show Recaps!

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Mike Bloom (@amikebloomtype) are here to revisit the series finale of Lost on its fifth anniversary. They run down the entire episode, discuss what it’s like to dig into the hour after a significant amount of time away from the show, what works and what doesn’t, and much more — including a potential new career choice for Sayid Jarrah.

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  • Sam Paxton

    I’ve always been a big believer that “The New Man In Charge” needed to be a part of the finale. It was already 2 and a half hours … what would another half-hour have hurt? If ever a network show could have justified a 3-hour finale, it was “Lost,” because at that point in time, it was a die-hard show, not a casual show. And die-hards would have devoured every last single solitary second of those three hours.

    At worst, the Walt part needed to be there. I didn’t give two
    shits about the closing of DHARMA facility or the answers to the Hurley bird.
    But the Walt part HAD to be there. And here’s where you put it:


    HURLEY: Will you help me?
    BEN: I’m sorry?
    HURLEY: I could really use someone with like, experience. For a little while.
    Will you help me, Ben?
    BEN: I’d be honored.
    HURLEY: Cool.

    (Flashforward whoooooooooosh)

    INSERT: The Walt scene from “The New Man in Charge”

    (Flash Sideways whoooooooosh)

    HURLEY: Oh,hey dude.
    BEN: Hello, Hugo!
    HURLEY: We’re all inside.
    BEN: I don’t think I’m coming in.
    HURLEY: You know, you were a real good number two.
    BEN: And you were a great number one, Hugo.
    HURLEY: Thanks, dude. I’ll see ya.


    Pretty simple. Every main credits character accounted for in Season 6 (except Eko). And we have an on-show answer (kinda to why Walt was “special,” i.e. the only questions I needed an answer for (well, maybe the pregnant women dying thing, which I felt was never reeeaaalllllly answered).

  • Lisbon

    I started tearing up even hearing you two just talk about the final 10 minutes of show. Really is a amazingly beautiful couple scenes. God I miss Lost….

  • Charles Bikle

    Still not a fan of the ending – it’s obvious that the flash-sideways were meant to be an alternate reality and perhaps the final reality, but the showrunners mismanaged their time, but were able to crank out a finale that seems to satisfy most of its audience on an emotional level at least.

    Lost in almost every way, is a textbook example of what to do and what NOT to do in serialized TV.

  • Andrew


    Trying this again, I posted this under the Exodus podcast by mistake, I meant to post it here.

    This podcast and the one on Exodus were really great. I’m currently working on my re-watch of the whole series. I think it’ll be my 4th-5th time minimum that I’ve re-watched the whole series. I also did a re-watch of all the seasons when it was on air before the new one would start.

    I have some thoughts regarding LOST as a whole and some might not be accurate, some might be, and some might just be my interpretation of things/how I choose to interpret things.

    Excuse this post if it’s long winded…

    As a quote on quote Jack fanboy I’m both happy and sad with how his arc ended. Jack was someone that could never “stay down” (all the best cowboys have daddy issues) and desperately throughout his life wanted to feel like what he did mattered, that he had what it took to get the job done, and I think that finally happens when he becomes the island leader. I feel like even though he had finally bought into being a man of faith I feel as though his arc would have never been completed if he hadn’t made the ultimate sacrifice at the end. Dying to protect the people he had grown to love (Kate, Hurley etc) and saving the world.

    Hurley – Hurley was the moral compass of the group IMO throughout the series, and he was the perfect candidate looking back to become the protector of the island. It did shock me when it happened but looking back he was the one that tried to make people happy despite dealing with his own demons. The golf course, or the van are great examples of that. He was someone that consistently was in the background and saw the good and bad of Jacks leadership, or Ben’s leadership and of fake Locke’s (the MIB) leadership. He always tried to treat people fairly (like when he was assigned to figure out how to deal with the food in the hatch) and he was the one that always knew everyone by name and made an effort to become friends with them.

    Ben – I think Ben becoming a #2 is the perfect ending to his character. He knows the island better then anyone still alive (excluding Richard) and could be a great source of knowledge for Hurley. He would be able to guide Hurley and help him understand things he might not understand about the island. I think Ben not going into the church makes sense as you Josh talked about on the podcast. I think something that’s overlooked or maybe not talked about is Alex and what she meant to Ben. Alex meant EVERYTHING to Ben, the rules “changed” when SHE died, Ben as a character completely changed when she died. – I think Ben is stuck in that purgatory world because Alex is his world, and means everything to him and despite being a great #2, he still hasn’t accept what he did to her but he also can’t move on without her. I also wonder if a part of Ben’s guilt at the end is what he did to Rousseau. He took Alex away from her and then he was the reason she died. Food for thought I guess.

    I can talk about Lost all day and night but I guess my last topic will be the whispers. I wasn’t one of those people who listened to the whispers backwards when the show was on air to see what they said but after Ben revealed that he killed the Dharma initiative in season 3 my take on the whispers was the following:

    I thought the whispers were the spirits of those cruelly killed on the island, either by Ben, by the smoke monster or by those killed throughout the island history.

    Why would the whispers appear when the Smoke monster or the Others were around? I always figured because they were there as a warning, that danger was imminent. That they shouldn’t trust the others, that they should ignore the MIB, or to tell them to RUN away because they knew the MIB was approaching. I feel as though some of the whispers just had evil intent as well ( Shannon’s death being an example )

    I think Hurley and Ben wanted to bring Walt back to the island at the end because his role would be to assist Michael and those left behind to cross over to the other side. With the smoke monster dead, the spirits of the dead could finally move on but they would need someone who could see them, or communicate with them to guide them to the other side. Hurley can speak to the dead, sure, but his time will be spent running the island. Walt could take that role and in the process learn about the island history and also teach Hurley and Ben about the island. It would also allow him to become the next leader of the island if he wanted that role.

    I’ll stop there for now.