"David Shephard" was a metaphysical projection of Young Dr. Jack Shephard in the afterlife. The construction allowed Jack, who was childless before his death in 2007, to unburden his parental issues before letting go and moving on.

In the afterlife realm, he lived with his mother, Dr. Juliet Carlson, Jack's ex-wife and honed his musician skills to become a gifted pianist. Instead of Sarah and Edmund as their ex-spouses, Jack and Juliet conjured that they experienced healthier marriages and married each other before divorcing each other amicably. Then, they co-parented a son.

His relationship with Jack was strained, due to their misconstrued expectations of each other, a reflection of his relationship with Christian.

On the Island[]


Dr. Juliet Burke succumbed to her critical injuries after falling down The Swan. Before dying, she experienced her afterlife awakening, remembering the life with her soulmate James, dying young, and evidently that David wasn't really her son. ("LA X, Part 1") ("The End")

Similarly, Dr. Jack Shephard experienced his afterlife awakening as he bled to death from Jacob's twin brother stabbing him. In that moment, he also understood David wasn't his son, just as Locke informed him earlier. ("The End")

As Christian explained, there is no "now" in the afterlife, making time irrelevant. Both their consciousnesses experience the metaphysical life and awakening in instantaneous state of enlightenment with their demise.




Jack Shephard and David having an awkward conversation. ("Lighthouse")

In the afterlife, Juliet and Jack reconstructed their lives. It was envisioned that in 2004, they co-parented an adolescent son following an amicable divorce. ("The End")

David first appeared after Jack's return to Los Angeles, when Jack picked him up at St. Mary's Academy. Back at his apartment, Jack tried to converse with his son, but it ended awkwardly. He tried to talk to David about The Annotated Alice, which was lying in his room, but David just walked out of his room. Later, David opted to stay alone in the apartment while Jack went to visit his mother, Margo. Jack asked his mother how she viewed his relationship with David, and she replied that David might just be terrified of him. She noted that David was also visibly upset during Christian (his grandfather)'s funeral. ("Lighthouse")

Upon returning home, Jack found his son gone. He went to his ex-wife's house to see if David was there, but found nobody home. Still, he went inside and into David's room, where he came across sheet music for Chopin's "Fantaisie Impromptu", and pictures of himself and David on the mirror. Jack listened to the two messages on the answering machine. The first was from the Williams Conservatory confirming David's slot at 7:00pm on Friday the 24th. The other was a message from Jack himself, from Sydney. Jack looked at his watch and realized the audition must have been taking place right then. ("Lighthouse")

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Jack vows to David to be a better parent than his father was. ("Lighthouse")

Jack arrived at the conservatory, where he saw David playing the piano. A boy commented on how talented David was, while his father told Jack "They are too young to have this kind of pressure,". The boy's father referred to David's "gift." Afterwards, outside, Jack asked David why he had never told him that he was still playing music, to which David replied that he didn't want "to fail" in his father's eyes. Jack relayed how bad his own father made had him feel, and told David he never wanted him to feel that way, that he loved him and that, in his eyes, David could never fail. ("Lighthouse")

A day or two later, David went with his father for the reading of his grandfather's will and testament. There, they were introduced by the lawyer to Claire Littleton, who told them she was Jack's half-sister (and thus David's half-aunt). An emergency at the St. Sebastian Hospital required father and son to leave abruptly, but Jack invited "Aunt Claire" to stay with them. ("The Last Recruit")


Jack, David and Claire talk at breakfast. ("What They Died For")

The next morning, David announced that he'd made breakfast for them, and Jack joked that "opening a box of cereal is not making breakfast," indicating a marked improvement in the father/son relationship. David reminded Jack about the benefit concert that night, Claire joined them for breakfast, and an alleged Oceanic Airlines representative called to say that Christian's casket had been found. ("What They Died For")


The nice Shephard family. ("The End")

David was later seen at the hospital where his father and mother Juliet, both worked. He asked who would use Jack's ticket now that Jack had to perform surgery. Jack suggested Claire; David and Juliet agreed. At the concert venue, Juliet had to leave for a hospital emergency, then Claire went into labor and Kate (also at the table), followed, thus leaving David alone. ("The End") David is never shown again after this.

At St. Sebastian hospital, an awakened John Locke stated that Jack did not have a son. ("The End")


Episode statistics

  • David appeared in 4 episodes.


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Photos of David and his father. ("Lighthouse")

Episode references

Unanswered questions[]

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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: David Shephard/Theories