Which was exactly what I did. At 11:30 pm last night, as I watched the Lost series finale credits roll by, I reached for a chocolate cupcake and started nibbling. My mind was saying:
"WTF just happened?!"
"After all those fantastic reunions, they were dead this whole time?"
"Didn’t the writers say it wasn’t purgatory and they weren’t dead?"
Thankfully the extra dose of sugar gave my mind some clarity. What happened on the island was real including the flash-forward. This flash-sideways (as they call it) of the sixth season was some kind of holding place for everyone (that mattered) in the show to catch up with each other and move on to the light together (yep, sounds like an episode of Ghost Whisperer here).
But I still couldn’t process everything late at night. It wasn’t until the next morning after I’ve assembled these floral cuppies for a customer that I had an "Aha!" moment.
The Losties didn’t die in the plane crash. Everything that happened on the island and in flash-forward, happened. Jack died on the island after reclaiming the light and saving everyone that weren’t dead. Sawyer, Kate, Lapidus, Richard and Miles flew off the island but it wasn’t clear what happened to them. Hurley became the new Jacob and Ben, the new Richard.
The flash-sideways that was shown in season 6 was some kind of after-life where everyone that was connected during the intense events on the island decided to wait for each other to come to closure before crossing over to the light. Some of them died before or after Jack died. Spiritual? Yes, it is.
And I didn’t care in the end if a lot of questions about the island were not answered, for example: why were women having fertility issues on the island? (my theory is the real mother of Jacob and the man-in-black put a curse after she was killed after giving birth) what the heck happened to Walt? what exactly is the island? (yes, I’m still not really sure).
Lost was about relationships fostered, about sacrifice and redemption. I actually cared about the characters, they weren’t perfect, they were flawed, they were searching for something. Sounds familiar?
Lost is brilliant.
And my prediction came true: Jack was going to die but not until he passes on stewardship of the island to Hurley.
And if I’ve lost you, that’s okay…
Just have a cupcake…
* Sorry readers, I had to get the Lost Finale off my chest. I think it’s better to do it in a post than to do several tweets of 140 characters. :)