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Karl pulls an injured Ben along, after being captured by the Losties in ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")  (promotional still).

The characters in Lost are often literally or symbolically forced to deal with imprisonment, both on-Island and in their pasts.

Literal imprisonment[]

The following characters have been shown off the Island literally behind bars or in custody.

Desmond-mini Desmond Southway Garrison prison
Jack-mini Jack Local jail
Kate-mini Kate Custody of U.S. Marshal
Sawyer-mini Sawyer Federal prison
Sayid-mini Sayid Imprisoned during war
Interrogated by CIA
Hurley-mini Hurley L.A. County Jail
Richard-mini Richard Prison in Tenerife

The following list shows when any characters have literally been imprisoned.

Season 1[]

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Sawyer in prison in ("Every Man for Himself")  (promotional still).

Season 2[]

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Josh Randall as Nathan in 'The Other 48 Days'

Season 3[]

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Karl in Room 23. ("Not in Portland")

Season 4[]

Season 5[]

Season 6[]

Symbolic imprisonment[]


Some may never be free of their pasts.

The Lost Experience[]