After they died, the main characters created a shared realm within which to find each other. They initially forgot post-crash events and imagined new situations for themselves, but they gradually awoke to their previous lives. Mild deja vu, pain, unconsciousness and brushes with death sparked initial memories. Eventually, each character awoke fully after interacting with something specific, often a loved one.

Initial memories

Picture Character Episode Trigger Memories
Jack "LA X, Part 1" Déjà vu Vague memories of Desmond
6x01 AmIAlive
Charlie "LA X, Part 1" Unconsciousness/near-death Image of Claire
Kate "What Kate Does" Déjà vu Vague memories of Jack
Claire "What Kate Does" Pain, déjà vu Aaron's name
Desmond "Happily Ever After" Pain, déjà vu Charlie's death and final message
6x11 ExaminingHume
Desmond "Happily Ever After" Electromagnetism Charlie's death, meeting Penny, kissing her on the Searcher, Charlie Hume's birth
Daniel "Happily Ever After" Déjà vu Feelings for Charlotte, equations in his notebook
Sun "The Last Recruit" Unconsciousness, seeing Locke next to her on a gurney The Man in Black's depiction of Locke
John "The Candidate" Unconsciousness Pushing the button, his suicide note
Ben "What They Died For" Pain caused by Desmond Pain caused by following his attempt at murdering Penny
Jack "The End" Déjà vu Looking down the Hatch with Locke
Jack "The End" Touched by Kate Emotional events with Kate

Full recollections

Picture Name Episode Trigger Shown Memories
6x01 BooneAndLockeAgain
Boone N/A Unknown None
Rose N/A Unknown None
Bernard N/A Unknown None
6x11 MrsWidmore
Eloise N/A Unknown None
Desmond "Happily Ever After" Physical contact with Penny None
6x11 AreYouOkay
Penny N/A Unknown None
6x12 RememberMe
Libby N/A Hurley None
Hurley "Everybody Loves Hugo" Libby Moments of Hugo and Libby's relationship
Ben N/A None shown on-screen. The original script for "The End" featured Ben "his eyes wet - PROCESSING something" as he looked on Alex's yearbook in the episode's opening montage.[1] None
Sayid "The End" Physical contact with Shannon Moments of Sayid and Shannon's relationship
Shannon "The End" Physical contact with Sayid Moments of Shannon and Sayid's relationship
Sun "The End" Ji-Yeon's sonogram Moments of Sun and Jin's relationship
Jin "The End" Ji-Yeon's sonogram Moments of Jin and Sun's relationship
Claire "The End" Giving birth to Aaron Aaron's birth
Kate "The End" Delivering Aaron Aaron's birth
Charlie "The End" Physical contact with Claire Moments of Charlie and Claire's relationship
6x17 MovingAToe
Locke "The End" Moving his feet post-surgery Significant moments and connection with the Island
Sawyer "The End" Physical contact with Juliet Moments of Sawyer and Juliet's relationship
Juliet "The End" Physical contact with Sawyer Moments of Juliet and Sawyer's relationship
Jack "The End" Physical contact with Christian's coffin Significant moments on the Island, moments of Jack and Kate's relationship


  • Of the people in the church, only Rose, Bernard, Penny, Libby, and Boone do not have their awakenings shown on-screen.
  • Only Locke is seen awakening without coming into contact with a person or object.
  • Ben and Desmond are the only characters seen to have brief flashes while not having their full awakenings shown on-screen.
  • Only Jack is seen coming into contact with two sources that induce flashes, namely Kate and Christian's coffin.
  • While many of the characters awaken through physical contact with a loved one, several characters are seen touching people they loved during their lives without awakening. For instance, Locke kissed Helen Norwood, Faraday and Charlotte shook each others hand, and Sayid came into contact with Nadia.


See also