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Hugo finds Ben outside. Ben tells him he's not coming in. Hugo says that Ben was a real good Number Two. Ben tells Hugo he was a great Number One. Jack and Kate arrive. Jack tells Kate that this is where he was going to have his Father's funeral. He asks Kate why she brought him here. She says "Because this is where you were going to have your father's funeral." She goes to leave and she says that they will be waiting for him, once he's ready. Jack asks "Ready for what." Kate tells him "To leave."
 
Hugo finds Ben outside. Ben tells him he's not coming in. Hugo says that Ben was a real good Number Two. Ben tells Hugo he was a great Number One. Jack and Kate arrive. Jack tells Kate that this is where he was going to have his Father's funeral. He asks Kate why she brought him here. She says "Because this is where you were going to have your father's funeral." She goes to leave and she says that they will be waiting for him, once he's ready. Jack asks "Ready for what." Kate tells him "To leave."
   
Jack goes into the church. He finds Christian's coffin and as he touches it he wakes to the memories. He opens the coffin but it is empty. His father is in the room. Jack tells him he doesn't understand because Christian died and how can he be here now. Christian simply asks "How are you here?" Jack realizes that he died too. They embrace tearfully and say they love each other. Christian explains the they are real, Jack's life was real, the [people in the church are real. Jack realizes they are all dead because as Christian points out, "everyone dies sometime kiddo. Some before you son, some long after you. " Christian explains they are all here now because there is no now or here. This is just the place they all made together to find each other, because the most important part of his life was the time spent with these people. It is for them to remember and to let go and to "move on". Jack joins the Losties.
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Jack goes into the church. He finds Christian's coffin and as he touches it he wakes to the memories. He opens the coffin but it is empty. His father is in the room. Jack tells him he doesn't understand because Christian died and how can he be here now. Christian simply asks "How are you here?" Jack realizes that he died too. They embrace tearfully and say they love each other. Christian explains the they are real, Jack's life was real, the people in the church are real. Jack realizes they are all dead because as Christian points out, "everyone dies sometime kiddo. Some before you son, some long after you." Christian explains they are all here now because there is no now or here. This is just the place they all made together to find each other, because the most important part of his life was the time spent with these people. It is for them to remember and to let go and to "move on". Jack joins the Losties.
   
 
They are all there. Jack is welcomed as the group embrace and enjoy their reunion.
 
They are all there. Jack is welcomed as the group embrace and enjoy their reunion.

Revision as of 07:17, 25 May 2010

"The End" is the 17th and final episode in Season 6 of Lost, the final episode of the series, and produced hours 120 & 121 (the second hour being extended) of the series as a whole. It was broadcast on May 23, 2010.

This episode made television history as the first scripted/non-sports TV show to have an episode be simulcast in multiple countries, other than the US and Canada. Italy, Ireland, Israel, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and the United Kingdom showed the episode at the same time as the West Coast broadcasting in the early hours of May 24, 2010 (5am to 7am, depending on location) in Europe.

The meaning of the sideways timeline is revealed to the Losties. On the Island Jack and the Man in Black play out their last moves as the survivors make their final choices.

Synopsis

Previously on Lost

Flash-sideways timeline (2004)

Christian's coffin arrives at LAX.

Dr. Jack Shepherd studies x-rays in his office as he prepares for surgery.

Ben Linus makes tea.

John Locke is taken on a gurney to theater as he looks at his wheelchair.

Christian Shepherd's coffin is loaded on an Oceanic delivery truck.

James Ford readies for a day's work and sees the mirror he punched and broke.

Kate waits in Hurley's Camaro as the Oceanic truck arrives at Eloise's church. Desmond signs for the body and Bocklin takes it into the church. Desmond returns to the car and informs Kate that it was Christian Shepherd. She remarks at the ironic combination of names in "Christian Shepherd". When Kate asks why Desmond busted her out of jail and why they're going to a concert, Desmond responds that no one can tell her why she is here - not meaning the church, but rather this place. He tells her his name and that although she doesn't realize it, he is her friend and that what he wants is to leave. Kate asks where he wants to leave to and Desmond drives off to show her.

Hurley arrives at the Flightline Motel with Sayid. He offers him a tranquilizer gun and when Sayid refuses it and calls him insane, Hurley agrees and asks him to wait. Sayid asks what if he doesn't wait. Hurley replies that it is his choice but if he sticks with him he'll be happy he did. At Room 102, rock star Charlie is out of it and swigging from the bottle. He rebuffs Hurley saying that he doesn't care about the concert. Hurley tries to persuade him by telling him the concert is the most important thing he will ever do, but on being told to "sod off", Hurley shoots a tranquilizer into Charlie's back carries him to his Hummer and dumps him in the back. Sayid is amazed.

Hurley and Sayid arrive at the concert location as Miles arrives. Miles thinks he sees Sayid in the Hummer so he calls Ford and gets him to check that Sun Paik is alright at the Hospital.

At the Hospital Jin is caring for Sun at her bedside. Dr. Juliet Carlson comes in to give Sun an ultrasound. As soon as she starts the procedure, Sun flashes back to the last time Juliet gave Sun an ultrasound. Sun cries as she says to Jin that she remembers and as Juliet tells them that the baby is fine. They tell Juliet it is a girl and her name is Ji Yeon.

Dr. Shepherd talks to John Locke before his surgery. He tells John jokingly that there is a chance that he could kill him but he is confident and will see him on the "other side." John asks about Jack's father's coffin, and Jack tells him it has been found. John says that he hopes it will bring him some peace. Jack says "If I can fix you, Mr. Locke, that's all the peace I need."

Jack and Juliet meet as Jack readies for the operation. Juliet asks whether he has the tickets and he gives them to her. David asks who will use Jack's ticket and Jack suggests Claire, Juliet says she would love to meet this sister who was never mentioned the entire time they were married. Jack says she will love her because she is "extremely pregnant." As Juliet and David leave they pass Det. Ford who has arrived to check on Sun's safety.

Shannon and Sayid remember and are together again.

It is now evening. Hurley and Sayid wait, parked in a street. Hurley says there are rules and he can't tell Sayid what they are doing. He asks Sayid to trust him as he trusts Sayid. He tells Sayid that he trusts him because he thinks he is a good guy despite the fact that Sayid believes what he has been told about who he is. Hurley tells him he has to decide who he is for himself. Sayid sadly says that Hurley knows nothing about him, to which Hurley replies that he knows a lot. They watch two men emerge from a bar fighting. A woman comes out and is pushed to the ground by the aggressive man. Sayid goes to her aid and disposes of the man. As soon as he touches the arm of the woman Sayid and Shannon know each other and flash their past on the Island. Boone, the other man, comes to Hurley's car and says it was a real struggle to get Shannon here from Australia. Hurley says the flight was worth it. They watch as Sayid and Shannon kiss and embrace.

Guests arrive for the fund raising concert. Juliet is paged by the hospital and leaves David to escort Claire inside. In the band room Charlie has passed out and Charlotte tries to rouse him. He remembers he was shot by a fat man. Also in the band room is Daniel. Charlotte speaks to Daniel. They introduce themselves. Outside David and Claire find their table, table 23. Claire recognizes Kate. Pierre Chang welcomes his guests and introduces Mr Daniel Widmore accompanied by Drive Shaft. Daniel starts with a piano intro and Charlie looks at the audience and sees Claire and stares. Claire has a contraction and excuses herself. Kate follows. Claire goes into labor. At table 23, Eloise joins Desmond and says that she thought she made it clear that Desmond should "stop this". Desmond says he chose to ignore her. She says "and once they know, what then?" She asks whether they will take her son. Desmond touches her hand and says, "Not with me, no."

Charlie arrives backstage and Kate sends him for water and blankets. Kate wants Claire to start pushing but Claire is still not ready and is frightened. Kate is scared too. As Claire pushes they flash to the birth of Aaron on the Island. Aaron is born. Charlie arrives with the blanket and Kate steps back and suggest that he should give it to Claire. Claire takes Charlie's hand and he flashes their lives on the Island. Desmond arrives and asks Kate whether she understands. Kate gestures that she does and asks Desmond, "So now, what?".

John Locke is brought out of surgery. The orderly wheeling Locke's gurney asks Jack about his neck which is bleeding again. He's about to leave for the concert when he's called to Locke's side. He is unexpectedly coming out of anesthesia. His first words are: "It worked." He moves his feet and can feel his legs. He flashes his arrival on the Island. He asks Jack whether he remembers, Jack has a momentary flash but resists. Locke is ready to go, as Jack, confused tells Locke that he needs to see his son. John tells him: "You don't have a son." Jack now just wants to leave but John tells him that he hopes someone shows him what is going on just like Jack just showed him.

Sawyer finds Sun and Jin. They grin at him and when he shows them a mug shot of Sayid they go to leave saying that they don't need protection from Sayid. Sawyer says it is his job to keep them safe but Sun says that it is OK as they are safe. Jin adds "We'll see you there" as they leave.

Sawyer passes Jack and asks where he can get something to eat, Jack sends him to a vending machine and Sawyer thanks him, calling him "Doc". James selects the Apolo bar but the machine jams. Juliet tells him that if you unplug it and then plug it back in again the candy just drops straight down. James turns the pwer off and the lights short but Juliet hands him the Apollo bar. As they touch they flash, and Juliet tells Sawyer that they should take coffee sometime. They remember everything and embrace.

Jack arrives at the concert. Kate is there and tells her that he is looking for his son. He recognises Kate and asks where he remembers her from. she tells him that she stole his pen on Oceanic 815. Jack is confused, he says "and that's how I know you", but Kate says that is not how you know me. She goes up to him and takes his face in her hands saying how much she has missed him. Jack flashes, but still resists. She tells him that if he comes with her he will understand.

Locke arrives at the church. The taxi driver helps him into a wheelchair. Ben is seated outside. John greets him. Ben confirms that most of "them" are inside. As John wheels off Ben says he is sorry for what he did to him. He says he was selfish, jealous and wanted everything John had. He says that John was special and that he wasn't, John says he forgives him. Ben tells him how much that matters to hear that. He tells John that he has things to work out and will stay "here" for a while. He tells John that he doesn't need to be in the wheelchair anymore. John gets up and walks into the church.

Hugo finds Ben outside. Ben tells him he's not coming in. Hugo says that Ben was a real good Number Two. Ben tells Hugo he was a great Number One. Jack and Kate arrive. Jack tells Kate that this is where he was going to have his Father's funeral. He asks Kate why she brought him here. She says "Because this is where you were going to have your father's funeral." She goes to leave and she says that they will be waiting for him, once he's ready. Jack asks "Ready for what." Kate tells him "To leave."

Jack goes into the church. He finds Christian's coffin and as he touches it he wakes to the memories. He opens the coffin but it is empty. His father is in the room. Jack tells him he doesn't understand because Christian died and how can he be here now. Christian simply asks "How are you here?" Jack realizes that he died too. They embrace tearfully and say they love each other. Christian explains the they are real, Jack's life was real, the people in the church are real. Jack realizes they are all dead because as Christian points out, "everyone dies sometime kiddo. Some before you son, some long after you." Christian explains they are all here now because there is no now or here. This is just the place they all made together to find each other, because the most important part of his life was the time spent with these people. It is for them to remember and to let go and to "move on". Jack joins the Losties.

They are all there. Jack is welcomed as the group embrace and enjoy their reunion.

Christian opens the doors of the church and the glowing light washes over the Losties.

Original timeline (2007)

Jack takes in the morning as the Island's new protector.

Jack washes in the river and looks at his hands.

Ben loads a magazine and looks up to see Locke packing rope.

Sawyer walks over to Kate to care for her wound.

Kate observes Jack as he wades in the creek taking in the beauty around him and what has just happened. Sawyer joins him and asks if he's okay and for clarification on what's going on. When Sawyer asks if Jack feels any different now that he's the "new Jacob," Jack says "not really." Jack tells Kate, Hurley and Sawyer about the Heart of the Island that Jacob told him they needed to protect. Hurley asks if the Man in Black wants to put out the light at the source and Jack explains that, if he does, it would be the end of all of them. Sawyer accurately guesses that Locke hasn't yet put out the light because he doesn't have what he needs: Desmond. After Sawyer assesses that "Jacob didn't really say anything about anything," he goes to get Desmond out of the well while the others go to the source. Sawyer and Kate banter about whether or not she would come with or follow him (a reference to earlier seasons' patterns). Hurley adds, "I have a bad feeling about this."

As they walk Jack explains to Kate that he "took the job" because the Island is all he has left, that it's the only thing he hasn't managed to ruin. Kate stops him and reassures him that he hasn't ruined anything because nothing is irreversible. Hurley thinks their conversation would be sweet if they weren't all about to die.

Sawyer covertly watches Locke at the well. Ben comes up from behind him, points a cocked rifle at Sawyer and invites him to join them. Sawyer tells Locke he came to get Desmond out of the well but looking down the well notes that they were both beaten to the punch. When Locke asks, Sawyer guesses that Locke is here to get Desmond because Desmond is needed to destroy the Island. Locke confirms that is his plan, but says he does not intend go down with the ship. Locke says that Sawyer and the rest of "Jacob's little candidates" absolutely are going to go down. Sawyer takes the drop on Ben and punches him, takes his rifle and as he leaves says that they are not candidates anymore. Locke makes no effort to go after him. Ben says that he thought Locke was speaking figuratively when Locke said he was going to destroy the Island. Locke say he left out the bit about Ben being in charge of an Island that is at the bottom of the sea. Now he offers Ben a place on the boat he is going to take to get off the Island. Locke notices paw prints near the well.

The Man in Black threatens to kill Rose and Bernard.

At Rose and Bernard's cabin, Vincent runs over to Desmond and licks his face. Rose greets him and Bernard goes to check the traps for fish. Rose says they built their camp in '75 and after the sky lit up again she doesn't know "when" they are now. She tells Desmond he must move on because their rule is not to get involved with the Island's dramas. Vincent and Bernard return but Locke and Ben are with them. Locke draws his Bowie knife and threateningly tells Desmond to come with him and do his bidding or he will kill Rose and Bernard, and "make it hurt". Desmond agrees to this if Locke gives his word that he won't touch them, ever. As they trek Desmond tells Locke he must be taking him to a place where there is a bright light. Locke is again surprised how much the survivors seem to know. Ben quickly turns off his walkie talkie when a call comes in.

Sawyer finds Jack, Kate and Hurley and tells them Locke is going to destroy the island and mentions the importance of them finding Desmond before Locke and Ben do. Jack tells him it doesn't matter who finds Desmond because they are all going to the same place anyway: "and then it ends."

Miles is trying to call Ben to tell him he has found Richard. Richard revives from his confrontation with the smoke Monster and asks Miles, "is he still here?" Miles tells Richard the Man in Black left with Ben. Richard immediately checks that Miles has the C-4 as he wants to go to Hydra Island to blow up the plane. Richard and Miles rush from Dharmaville and ready an outrigger. Miles pauses to pluck a single gray hair from Richard's head. Richard informs Miles of his renewed desire to live. The two begin paddling.

Close to shore the outrigger passes through debris of the sub and find Frank Lapidus hanging on to wreckage in the water. they haul him onto the outrigger. Miles and Richard inform Frank that they intend to blow up the plane but Frank asks why they would blow up a plane that they use could to escape the island, especially as he is a pilot. The three men paddle the outrigger furiously towards Hydra island.

Locke, Ben, and Desmond meet Jack, Sawyer, Kate and Hugo. Kate snatches Sawyer's gun and shoots at Locke, to no effect. Locke tells Kate to save her bullets and goes to Jack saying that "It's you." Locke says Jack is sort of the obvious choice, but Jack makes it clear that he wasn't chosen, but volunteered. Locke says he assumes Jack is going to try and stop him but Jack admits that he can't stop him and will go with him. Locke asks "are you confused about what I'm gonna to do?" Jack says they are going to the light, to the place Jack has sworn to protect, the place where Locke thinks he can destroy the island. Jack says that is not going to happen because Locke is wrong. Jack says that he is going to kill him. The Man in Black is not happy, and Jack says he'll have to wait to find out how.

Sawyer asks Jack how he is going to kill Locke. Jack says it has to do with Desmond, that he thinks Jacob brought him back not as bait but as a weapon. They move through the bamboo forest and as they draw close to the Source, Locke draws his knife and says it should just be him, Jack and Desmond from here on. Hurley steps up to Jack and says "I believe in you, dude." Locke comments on the bad storm approaching.

Locke ties the rope to a tree, Jack ties the other end around Desmond. Desmond tells Jack that destroying the Island and killing Locke doesn't matter because he is going down into the cave, to the Source, to where the light is brightest, to the other reality, and that Jack is there and that he might find a way to bring Jack there too. Jack says he has tried that, there are no shortcuts, no do overs. Whatever happened, happened. He says all of this matters. Desmond goes into the cave.

The outrigger has reached shore on Hydra island. Miles calls Ben as he they run across the beach. He tells him they are going to fly off the Island and he should get over to Hydra now. Claire emerges from the bushes aside the runway, her rifle aimed at the group, and shoots into the sand in front of Miles, Richard, and Frank. Kate hears that Claire is there. Claire says that Locke has sent them to kill her. Richard tells her they can go home and be free of Locke. He invites Claire to join them. Claire says "no" and leaves.

Desmond is lowered into the source.

Jack and Locke enter the cave and begin to lower Desmond into the brilliant abyss. Locke remembers John Locke's memories of Desmond in the hatch and the button. Jack cuts him short. "You're not John Locke, you dis-respect his memory by wearing his face, but you are nothing like him." Jack insists that John Locke was right about just about everything. Locke says John Locke wasn't right about anything and that when the Island drops into the ocean and Jack drops with it, then Jack will realize. Jack says "we'll just have to see which one of us is right."

Desmond reaches a chamber below after passing a few skeletons. He finds the Source, a glowing pool, filled by a small waterfall, with an elongated stone at its center. He enters the water as electromagnetic energy emanates from the source. Jack and Locke hear his screams. Desmond reaches the center stone and lifts it, like removing a giant stopper in the center of the pool. The stream from the waterfall stops, the electromagnetic force recedes, the light goes out, the pool dries up. Desmond screams "No!" Locke says to a very worried Jack: "It looks like you were wrong." Locke says goodbye and leaves as earthquakes begin to wrack the Island.

The Man in Black is shocked to see that he's bleeding.

In a fit of fury Jack chases Locke out, sucker punches him in the mouth and jumps on him when he falls. Locke is injured and bleeds. Jack says "It looks like you were wrong too." Jack's hands move towards Locke's throat as they struggle. Locke finds a rock and hits Jack over the back of the head with it, and gets up and runs off.

The predicted wild storm arrives and the earthquakes continue. A large tree falls and traps Ben, pinning him. Sawyer, Hurley and Kate can't lift it. Sawyer says Locke was right, the Island is going down. Miles radios Ben. Kate finds Ben's walky in the mud. Miles tells Kate that Frank is fixing the plane and they should get over there quick smart. He also tells Kate that Claire is around but won't come. Ben says he knows how they can get to Hydra Island - that Locke has a boat. Sawyer is using a fallen tree branch as a lever to free Ben.

"I saved you a bullet."

Locke stands on the cliff above the cave with the names on the walls. The Elizabeth is anchored a short distance offshore. He smiles. Jack arrives yells "Locke!" and they run at each other, Locke with his knife drawn. Jack leaps at Locke and they fight as the storm rages and cliffs disintegrate. Locke at first drops his knife, then finds it and runs Jack through under the rib cage. He is about to finish Jack off by pushing the knife through his neck, but waits so he can tell Jack that he died for nothing. The point of the blade enters Jack's neck. There is a single shot. Locke falls off Jack. Kate stands in the rain and screams "I saved you a bullet." Locke is fatally injured but as the quakes continue he says that they are too late. Jack struggles to his feet and kicks Locke off the edge of the cliff. Locke falls dead on a ledge below.

Frank, Miles and Richard are in the cockpit of the plane. Frank turns on the electronics, to find that everything is working except for the hydraulics in the front. He turns to Miles and Richard and asks if either of them has mechanical experience. Richard looks bewildered; Miles says he worked for a contractor for a couple of summers renovating apartments. The island and the plane continue to shake terribly. Frank rips a page from his manual, throwing it and a roll of duct tape at Miles and tells him and Richard to get down there and make sure everything is together.

Kate holds Jack who looks at the knife wound in his abdomen. Sawyer, Hugo and Ben arrive and as Kate tells them that it's over the Island shakes with a violent earthquake.

Miles wraps a wad of duct tape around a metal hydraulic hose. Richard is helping and asks if it is going to work. Miles says that he doesn't have faith in a lot of things but that he believes in duct tape and thinks they will have things together soon. Frank is trying to get things squared away in the cockpit. He hears Ben's voice on the radio. Frank tells Ben to leave him alone and throws the radio aside to continues working.

Final Kiss.

Ben tells the group that Frank and the rest are leaving and if they are going to catch up they had better climb down the ladders on the cliff face, get to the boat, sail to Hydra island, get on the plane, and fast. Jack says that whatever Desmond turned off he needs to turn it back on again. But he says that if people are going to leave they need to get on that plane. Kate tells him that he doesn't need to do this but Jack is adamant that he does. Jack wishes "James" good luck. Ben passes Sawyer the walkie saying that if the Island is going down then he is going down with it. Hugo refuses to climb the rickety wooden ladders and tells Jack that he is with him. Kate and Jack share a tearful goodbye - they kiss and declare their love for each other. The island continues to shake uncontrollably. Sawyer calls "Chesty" who tells them he is going to leave while there is still ground to leave on. Sawyer follows Kate as she jumps off the cliff into the sea. They swim out to the Elizabeth.

Hurley helps Jack as they return with Ben to the Source. Jack tells them he is going down alone and makes it clear that he knows he is will not survive. Jack explains to an overwrought Hurley that this is what is supposed to happen. Jack tells Hugo that it is he who the Island needs, that this job was to fix the source but after that it should be Hugo. Jack tells Hugo that he believes in him. Hugo agrees, but only till Jack returns. Ben finds an Oceanic bottle and Jack fills it from the stream and gives it to Hurley. After Hurley drinks Jack tells him "Now you are like me". Ben and Hugo lower Jack into the Source. Jack finds Desmond and carries him back to the rope. Desmond wants to return the plug but Jack tells him he has done enough and he needs to go home to be with his wife and son. Desmond asks Jack what will happen to him. Jack says that he'll see him in another life, "Brother".

Frank fires the plane up. Kate and Sawyer swim ashore to Hydra Island and find a disconsolate Claire sitting on the beach. The Island continues to disintegrate. They hear the Ajira warming up. Claire says to Kate that she won't come because "the Island has made her crazy". Kate offers to help her and they all run for the plane. Lepidus prepares for takeoff and doesn't hear Sawyer's plea on the walky for him to wait. Just then they make it to the runway, and Kate, Sawyer and Claire climb aboard.

Jack finds the plug and drops it into the Source.

Ajira takes off as the runway disintegrates. Tears all round on board.

Jack lies exhausted in the empty pool but a trickle of water starts flowing and then the light starts to return. Hugo and Ben haul on the rope and find Desmond on the end of it. Below, Jack sobs with relief as he is engulfed in the light.

Ben and Hugo are with Desmond. Hugo takes in the idea that Jack has gone. Ben comforts him by telling Hugo that he did his job. Ben tells a frightened Hugo that he can do his job by doing what he does best: taking care of people. Hugo asks how he can do things like helping Desmond to go home when people can't leave the Island. Ben says that that is how Jacob ran things and that maybe there is a better way. Hugo asks Ben for his help, saying he needs someone with experience. Ben says he would be honored.

Jack dies with Vincent by his side.

Jack comes to, he is now in the creek outside of the Source. Getting up, he stumbles into the bamboo grove, passing by the white tennis shoe which still hangs from a branch. He finds his place in the bamboo grove and falls to the ground at the same spot where he awoke for the first time on the Island. He hears a bark and sees Vincent running toward him. Jack smiles as Vincent licks his face and rests beside him. Looking at the sky, Jack sees the Ajira plane taking his friends off of the Island. Jack smiles and closes his eyes.

LOST

Trivia

  • The box Christian Shephard's coffin was transported in has stickers displaying the following airport codes: BMN (Bamerny Airport, Iraq), GUM (A.B. Won Pat International Airport, Guam), HKG (Hong Kong International Airport, China), and LAX (Los Angeles International Airport).
  • In the scene where Jack opens the empty coffin, then meets his father, the stained window in the back collects six symbols of various faiths: the star and crescent of Islam, the Star of David (Judaism), the Aum (widely used as a symbol of Hinduism, but also present in Buddhism and Jainism), the Christian cross, the Dharmacakra (Buddhism) and the Yin/Yang (Taoism).
  • "You" is the last word ever uttered in the series. It is John Locke who says it, when he tells Jack: "We've been waiting for you", after Jack and Christian enter the chapel.
  • Miles is the only character among the survivors who did not come into contact with MIB.
  • Kate is the only original cast member to leave the island, come back, and leave again.
  • Sawyer and Claire leave the Island for first time after 3 years and a few months.
  • List of characters that survived until the end of the series followed by their last known status:
From Oceanic 815:
  • Left the Island: Kate Austen, James "Sawyer" Ford, Claire Littleton
  • Remained on the Island: Hugo "Hurley" Reyes, Rose Nadler, Bernard Nadler, Vincent
From the Island:
  • Remained on the Island: Benjamin "Ben" Linus, also those that survived of the remaining "Others"
  • Left the Island: Richard Alpert
From the "Kahana":
  • Left the Island: Miles Straume, Frank Lapidus
From the "Elizabeth":
  • Desmond Hume - Remained on the Island for now.
Off-Island
  • Previously left the Island: Aaron Littleton, Ji-Yeon Kwon, Walt Lloyd, Eloise Hawking
  • Never been on the Island: Penny and Charlie Hume

Production notes

  • Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) does not appear.
  • Most of the episode's guest stars are credited alongside the main cast instead of in the usual guest portion of the credits for the final episode. This meant that twenty-eight actors were credited as starring, the most of any episode. The guest stars credited with the principal cast included:
  • The final shot recalls the opening shot in Pilot Part 1.
  • Ana Lucia, Eko, Ilana, Michael, Nikki, Paulo, and Walt are the only main characters of the series to not appear in the finale. This episode also makes Eko, Nikki, and Paulo the only main characters not to appear in season 6.
  • Walt is shown in archival footage.
    • Eko, Nikki and Paulo are the only main characters never to make an appearance after departing the series, all in season 3.
    • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was offered a guest spot in this episode, but negotiations failed as it is claimed he asked for a fee five times what he was offered. [1]
    • Jack, Kate, Hurley, Locke, Sun, Jin, Boone, Shannon, Claire, Charlie, Sayid, Sawyer, Rose, Vincent, and Walt are the only characters who appear in the first and last episode of the series. Michael is the only main character of the first episode who doesn't appear.
    • Rose and Vincent are the only recurring characters who appeared in the first and last episode of the series.
  • Desmond, Penny, and Juliet are the only characters in the church scene who were not on Oceanic Flight 815 in the original time-line.
  • The end credits of the episode ran alongside images of what appears to be the wreckage of Oceanic Flight 815 with no living people present.
  • Matthew Fox claims that he knew from the start of the show that the final shot would be Jack dying and closing his eyes.
  • Rose, Bernard, and Vincent appear on the island for the first time since "The Incident, Part 1", an absence of 17 episodes.
  • "The End" aired just five days after the previous episode, "What They Died For". This is the second-shortest time between airings of original episodes in the US, after "Because You Left" and "The Lie", which appeared back-to-back on the same night.
  • "The End" is the longest running episode of LOST at 103 minutes.
  • "The End" was followed by JKL! Aloha to Lost, a special wrap-up retrospective of the show featuring many of the cast.
  • ABC estimates that 20.5 million unique viewers watched the series finale of Lost during its 2-1/2 hour broadcast. The final half-hour was watched by 15.31 million viewers and a 6.4/19 (rating/share) with adults 18-49.
  • As the Ajira Flight 316 plane flies over the Island, it is the same sound that was used as the transition to the "Flash-sideways timeline".

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • In the scene where the Man in Black asks Desmond if he knows where they are going, the same shot of MiB turning around in surprise is used twice. First when he is surprised to hear Desmond guess correctly that they are going to a "very bright light", then again when he hears Ben's walkie-talkie.
  • When Jack and the Man in Black are standing over the Heart of the Island, the rope hangs slack when he reaches the bottom but the wires of his harness can be seen on the left side of the screen.
  • Where Jack and the Man in Black fight in the rain on the cliffs, the aerial shots show dry cliffs and surfaces.
    • When the rain stops and Kate, Hurley and Sawyer appear, the ground around them changes from wet to dry repeatedly.
    • During the fight in the rain, several nearby cliff faces collapse but when the sun comes out the cliffs look no different than they did previously.
  • Kate's breath briefly fogs the camera while she talks to Jack after his fight with the Man in Black.
  • The number on the vending machine for the Apollo bar was G23, but Sawyer only presses two buttons.
  • While Jack is walking through the bamboo, the blood from his nose appears and disappears.
  • The Ajira Flight 316 jet had distinctly curled wing-tips. However the airplane that passes over the sky just before Jack closes his eyes has straight wings similar to the Oceanic 815 jet.
    • But who says the plane that flies over isn't Oceanic 815? Perhaps we're already witnessing the ALT at that point.

Analysis

Recurring themes


Recurring themes
AnimalsBlack and whiteCharacter connectionsChildrenCoincidenceDeathDeceptions and consDreamsEconomicsElectromagnetismEyesFate versus free willGamesGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLeadershipLife and deathLiterary worksMirrorsMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersPairingsParapsychologyParent issuesPregnanciesPsychologyRainRedemptionRelationshipsReligionRevengeSalvationSecrets


Storyline analysis

Storyline analysis
A-MissionsCrimesEconomicsLeadershipO-MissionsRelationshipsF-MissionsRivalriesS-Missions
  • Jack passes his protectorship onto Hurley after he decides to revive the Source. (Leadership)


Cultural references

Cultural references
(direct references only)
ArtAutomobilesGamesHistoryLiterary worksMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience


Literary techniques

Literary techniques
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash sidewaysFraming deviceRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • In the opening montage, we see Ben loading the gun that would eventually defeat MiB as he glances at him.(Foreshadowing)
  • As Kate empties her gun pointlessly on the Man in Black, he jokingly tells her to save her bullets. Later on, Kate would use the remaining bullet in the decisive moment of the fight. (Irony)  (Foreshadowing)
  • Jack and MIB, representing good and evil, work together to lower Desmond into the cave. (Symbolism)
  • After Desmond is lowered into the Heart of the Island, Jack and Locke peer from above in the same way they once did, down on the Swan's hatch. (Juxtaposition)
  • The Man in Black takes the form of John Locke, a man who fell eight stories and broke his back, to manipulate the other characters. He dies after being kicked off a cliff and landing on his back, presumably breaking it. (Irony)
  • When Juliet tells Sawyer the secret to get the candy bar out of the vending machine, she says you can unplug it and plug it back in again and its technically legal. This is what Desmond and Jack do with the Heart of the Island. (Foreshadowing)  (Symbolism)
  • Jack goes to the same spot and dies where he originally regained consciousness right after the crash of Flight 815. On his way there, he passes the same single white sneaker he passed running to the crash site. It is now very dirty and worn after more than three years of hanging on the branches in the elements. (Symbolism)
  • The series finale ends with a visual effect opposite to how the show began, with the closing of Jack's eye and a pan over the wreckage. (Symbolism)


Episode connections

Revelatory montages

Episode references

  • Jack tells Desmond that he had once tried to change their destiny, but failed and there are no "do overs", and that whatever happened, happened. ("The Incident, Part 2")
  • Jack is wounded in the neck and the vicinity of his appendix by the Man in Black, injuries which spontaneously manifested on a few occasions in the flash-sideways universe. ("LA X, Part 1")("Lighthouse")("What They Died For")
  • The Man in Black asks Jack if he is reminded of their hatch entrance while lowering Desmond inside, followed by mentioning their argument over pushing the button. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")  ("Orientation")
  • In the "flash sideways timeline", Charlie is wearing white tape on 4 fingers of his left hand which has the letters "F A T E" on them in black marker. ("Pilot, Part 1")

Episode allusions

  • The first episode of the series, Pilot, Part 1, begins with Jack opening his eyes, near Vincent, in the bamboo grove with Christian Shephard's white tennis shoe nearby. The final episode of the series ends with Jack returning to the same location and closing them. ("Pilot, Part 1")
  • Claire gives birth to Aaron assisted by Kate ("Do No Harm")
  • The scene of MiB and Jack looking down the cave is similar to Locke and Jack looking down the blown up hatch. ("Exodus, Part 2")
  • When Sawyer hears of Jack's plan, he says, "That's one hell of a long con." ("The Long Con")
  • Juliet gives Sun an ultrasound ("D.O.C.")
  • Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sawyer meet the Man in Black, Ben and Desmond on the very same ridge where the survivors met Ben and Alex in the Season 3 finale. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")
  • The title of this episode hearkens back to the title of the first episode of Season 4. ("The Beginning of the End")
  • The opening of the coffin is similar to its opening in the Season 4 finale. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 3")
  • The circular pool at the bottom of the cave of light, with a removable plug in the center, appears to be a larger version of the sink hidden in Ben's house which Ben drained to summon the Smoke Monster. ("Dead Is Dead")
  • The hospital vending machine again sticks delivering an Apollo bar. ("The Incident, Part 2")
  • Juliet's last words (both before and after her death) are repeated. ("LA X, Part 1")  ("LA X, Part 2")
  • Jack announces the ending to Sawyer, as foretold by Jacob. ("Across the Sea")
  • Jack kicks the Man in Black down from the cliffs the exact same way the Man in Black kicked Jacob into the fire. ("The Incident, Part 2")
  • As the Man in Black observes to Jack, the act of lowering Desmond into the cave of light is reminiscent of the survivors' initial exploration of the Hatch. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")
  • Hurley shoots Charlie with a tranquilizer dart and brings him into his car with Sayid. ("Because You Left")
  • Locke regaining feeling in his legs after the operation is similar to Jack's ex-wife realizing she still has sensation in her legs after her operation. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")
  • The stone plug we see in the light cavern was alluded to by the corked wine bottle that Jacob showed Richard and the Man in Black, a bottle which the Man in Black was unable to uncork. ("Ab Aeterno")
  • Jack looks into Christian's empty coffin. ("White Rabbit")
  • The Man in Black being kicked off the cliff mirrors Locke being thrown out of the window by Anthony Cooper, only this time Jacob wasn't around to save him. ("The Man from Tallahassee")

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