In five days, Lost ends. The story’s almost over. The twists are nearly complete. The biggest reveal is upon us.
What does it all mean? It depends on who you ask. In this in-depth and very eloquent interview with the New York Times, series masterminds Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse say the show is meant to inspire a sense of community to debate what the show was actually about, and you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.
During this final season, whenever I’ve read anything about this show–and, since I am a geeky fanboy, I read a lot–everything I’ve heard has been about answers, or the lack of answers provided by the show. As a series that is so firmly entrenched in mystery, I can’t see it ending with any sense of all-knowing finality, and I never expected it to. I don’t think I would want it to, either.
The characters and themes of the show are enough for me. The main message of letting go of what you cannot change is a powerful one. Jack’s stubbornness in trying to fix everything has slowly eroded into a calmness and acceptance. Sawyer’s path from con man to island hero was phenomenal. Desmond’s search for, and eventual reunion with his true love made him one of my all-time favorite characters in anything. Locke’s father issues are… probably going to serve as a cautionary tale for not letting go, but I digress. They, along with the rest of the characters, were complex, fun, and a joy to watch, and they made all the crazy island hootenany of smoke monsters, cultish groups of Others, and time travel even cooler. The show even humanized island demigods in a way stuffy retellings of Greek myths never could for me.
The thing I most respect from the producers is the way they are standing firm on their doling out of answers. Cuse and Lindelof both say if the mysteries don’t matter to the characters themselves (Juliet’s not around to ask why pregnant women die on the island, etc.), they won’t be answered. Plus, ABC stands to make bundles of cash from all the future Star Wars-esque novels which will eventually follow the show. And those novels need some mysteries to answer, so it makes sense.
Many more talented writers than I have written about the end of the show, so I’ll delegate to them for why it is, and soon to be was, a great show. I’ll be watching tonight’s penultimate episode and can’t wait to see how it all ends, and I’ll probably love every second. Unless, of course, the island is a space ship. That will just blow.