A cliffhanger ending is a plot device in which a movie, novel, or other work of fiction contains an abrupt ending, often leaving the main characters in a precarious or difficult situation. This type of ending is used to ensure that, if a next installment is made, audiences will return to find out how the cliffhanger is resolved. Many Lost episodes cut to commercial breaks or end on a cliffhanger, and since the middle of season 3 almost every episode has ended on a cliffhanger.


The end title card used at the end of every episode

Episodes that end on a cliffhanger[]

Note: Whether an ending is a cliffhanger is largely a subjective determination. Therefore, this list should not be considered definitive.

Season 1[]

Pilot Part 1 Pilot Dead

"Pilot, Part 1"

Ep1x19-hatch light

"Deus Ex Machina"

Season 2[]


"Man of Science, Man of Faith"



Season 3[]


"I Do"

No survivors


Season 4[]

4x01 DanielFaraday

"The Beginning of the End"

Alex and coe

"Meet Kevin Johnson"

Season 5[]

5x14 IJustShotMySon

"The Variable"

5x16 ASurvivingJuliet

"The Incident, Parts 1 & 2"

Season 6[]

6x01 What happened

"LA X, Part 2"

6x12 AnInjuredLocke

"Everybody Loves Hugo"

  • "The Last Recruit" - Widmore starts bombing the Man in Black's group. The Man in Black carries a stunned Jack to safety, telling him he is "with him" now.
  • "The Candidate" - The Man in Black swears to finish what he started, and kill the remaining candidates.
  • "What They Died For" - The Man in Black tells of his plan to destroy the Island.

Lost: Via Domus[]


"Worth A Thousand Words"