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This article is about how characters are connected. For the special feature on Disc 7 of the Season 2 DVD see: Lost Connections

Character connections refers to the "degrees of separation" between the characters in Lost. This concept describes the shortness of social distance between any two people on Earth, based on their acquaintances. The average is 6, and this has inspired many theories about human interaction, including a popular culture game called "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon". Some, if not all, of the characters have one or two degrees of separation between them. These connections turned out to be no mere coincidence: a man had been watching the characters their whole lives and had purposely drawn them to the Island.

"Have you ever sat next to someone at a bar and felt that your paths have crossed before? Has the thought ever crossed your mind that the stranger behind you at the store would become a significant part of your life?...seemingly random people. Do you know any of them? Do any of them know you? Do any of them know someone you know? Odds are that the answer to anyone of these questions is yes... Throughout the world, connections are constantly being made. Which begs the question; are chance encounters a matter of coincidence, or a matter of fate? " - Carlton Cuse, Lost Connections



Occurrences

Characters Connections prior to Australian Airport.

Characters Connections through Season Two.

The following connections between characters happened in locations other than the hotel, airport, or airplane during or immediately before the flight. This list is sorted according to when the connection was first noted (by the second episode, in which the 'cross' is recognized).

Season 1

Sawyer is manhandled past Boone in a police station. ("Hearts and Minds")

Season 2

Jack meets Desmond for the first time. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")

Sayid is seen on TV at Sam Austen's work as Kate enters. ("What Kate Did")

Sun's pregnancy test. ("The Whole Truth")

Ana and Christian meet. ("Two for the Road")

Season 3

Christian is revealed as Claire's father. ("Par Avion")

Nadia is saved by Charlie in London. ("Greatest Hits")

Season 4

Abaddon wheels Locke. ("Cabin Fever")

Season 5

Jacob distracts Sayid while Nadia is hit by a speeding car. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Season 6

Hugo gives Locke a number for employment. ("The Substitute")

Hugo and Desmond discuss his confusing dinner. ("Everybody Loves Hugo")

Direct connections

Encounters or joint sightings at the hotel, airport or airplane

The following connections happened immediately before, or during the flight, and do not count as a notable connection.

Season 1

Season 2

Boone and Shannon approach Nikki and Paulo. ("Exposé")

Season 3

Season 6 (flash sideways)

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

The game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" is based on the idea that every working actor can be connected to Kevin Bacon within six degrees of separation. Although unrelated to the character connections, it's interesting to note that every one of the cast members of Lost can be connected to Kevin Bacon by either 2 or 3 degrees, although none of them have worked with him directly, as yet.

Trivia

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