The Ending Of Lost Finally Explained

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  • Published: 07 October 2019
  • From its very first episode, Lost made no attempt to hide its fondness for perplexing mysteries. True to form, the series finale left audiences absolutely baffled. So if you want to know what really happened on that island, get ready for a deep dive into the ending of Lost.

    For much of Lost's run, fans worried that the show would end with a "they were dead the whole time" twist. Creator J.J. Abrams and showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse repeatedly denied speculation that the characters died in the crash and that the island was a form of purgatory. Nevertheless, some viewers thought the finale's church-set ending confirmed that they had been lying the whole time, and that the entire show had taken place in the afterlife. This interpretation was also supported by the footage of the original plane crash and empty beaches that aired over the closing credits, which some fans thought meant there had been no survivors.

    But it turns out that the crash footage at the end was never meant to be considered part of the finale proper. Instead, as an ABC spokesperson later explained, it was included so that fans could, quote, "decompress before heading into the news." The network never imagined that viewers would consider this part of the show's narrative. Furthermore, "The End" takes pains to explicitly clarify that all the events that took place on the island were, in fact, real.

    After five seasons filled with flashbacks and then flash-forwards, the first episode of season six included something Lost fans were totally unprepared for: a flash-sideways, exploring an alternate reality in which Oceanic Flight 815 doesn't crash, instead landing safely at LAX. And that's not the only thing different about the two realities. Instead of being a con man, Sawyer is a cop. Instead of the strained marriage they had in the pilot, Jin and Sun are secret lovers. And the childless Jack suddenly has a teenage son whose mother is none other than Juliet, a woman he met on the island.
    Keep watching the video to see the ending of Lost finally explained!

    #EndingExplained #Lost

    Was the island purgatory? | 0:18
    The flash-sideways | 1:31
    Did they die in the crash or not? | 2:37
    When did everyone die? | 3:40
    The Heart of the Island | 4:54
    The survivors' connections | 6:16
    The smoke monster | 7:17
    The DHARMA Initiative | 8:25
    The deal with the church | 9:23
    Ben doesn't go in | 10:22
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  • Looper
    Looper   2 months back

    What show's ending are you still trying to wrap your head around?

    • john g Maguire
      john g Maguire  3 weeks back

      Alcatraz and Fringe please

    • FCT70
      FCT70  4 weeks back

      None. That is pretty much how I saw it when i watched it. So many people didnt watch multiple seasons and then watched the finale. Of course they had no clue what they were watching.

    • Ben Braker
      Ben Braker  4 weeks back

      @jawtek82 lol. None of the pure crap we got from Season 7 & 8 will be in GRRM's books.


      Nothing from the books or season 1 - 6 even suggested Daeny will "suddenly" snap and burn women & children because she saw Cersei kill her friend in front of her.


      Where is the Azor Ahai prophecy explained in that shit season?


      Where are the Season 2 House of Undying visions-- approved by GRRM -- explained?


      Where is Tyrion not being killed by the dragons who smelled him, just as Jon was not killed by Drogon after being smelled, explained?


      GRRM's books and the seasons 1- 6 clearly showed the Azor Ahai is the Three heads of the Dragon(Daeny, Tyrioin & Jon) not one person.


      GRRM was clearly repeating the conquest of Westeros by Aegon, Rhaenys, and Visenya from Dragonstone .... with salvation of Westeros by Jon, Daeny & Tyrion from Dragonstone.


      Each dragon rider takes the throne and dies, but together Daeny, Tyrion & Jon save the living from the dead.


      This is why GRRM approved the season 2 House of Undying visions. Daeny takes the throne in winter & then dies north of the wall. She is the first of the dragonriders to take the throne and dies. Tyrion is next and Jon is the LAST HERO. But together these three are the Azor Ahai


      And what did we get from season 7 & 8? The most idiotic, illogical, convoluted and simply crap writing imaginable to not reveal Tyrion is a Targaryen, Daeny will not take the throne in winter, Daeny will not die north of the wall .... but instead Daeny will suddenly snap in the second to last episode to butcher innocent women & children before finally going after Cersei.


      lol. C'mon. Do you seriously believe the BS from season 7 & 8 will be in GRRM's books?


      The ending of GOT shows was never explained ... because it was all complete BS from D&D who stupidly decided to change the ending. Those clowns know Tyrion is a Targaryen with the Season 6 dragon scene and knows Daeny's dragons can smell the blood of anybody related to Daeny. This is why Jon wasn't killed by Drogon and why Tyrion wasn't killed by Vserion & Rhaegal.


      This clowns called Dumb & Dumber know the Three Heads of the Dragon is the Azor Ahai ... but gave us super Arya mysteriously getting close enough to the Night King to jab him. lol.


      Shittiest end and not explained.

    • jawtek82
      jawtek82  1 months back

      @Ben Braker Shitty? OK. Explained? What did you not understand?

    • jawtek82
      jawtek82  1 months back

      @Connie just my life What didn't you understand about the ending to GoT?

  • Brenton Stancombe
    Brenton Stancombe  12 hours back

    This video made it more confusing

    • Infiniti Chico
      Infiniti Chico  17 hours back

      A show should not end leaving there fans to try and figure it out!!!

      • Novak
        Novak  24 hours back

        People expect to understand everything about the show they are watching.... This isn't Breaking Bad its something much bigger

        • Ashun
          Ashun  2 days back

          There was no Mr Eko :(

          • My Big Fat Hairy One
            My Big Fat Hairy One  2 days back

            The only thing that was truly lost on this series was the hours I spent watching it! Was hoping this would help me understand but all it did was remind me what a frustrating mess it was. If only I could flashback to before I started to watch it. Then I'd not waste any of my life watching.

            • Alm1r
              Alm1r  4 days back

              i'm happy that i didn't watch this shit

              • J Hendricks
                J Hendricks  4 days back

                i gave up and trashed my tv after that fiasco. No tv ever since. What a waste of time.

                • Victor Petrichenko
                  Victor Petrichenko  5 days back

                  13 reason why / lost crossover

                  • optimistically cynical .

                    I don't think there was any continuity at all just lazy half ass writing

                    • Donald Wolvaardt
                      Donald Wolvaardt  6 days back

                      Best series ever 😱

                      • Darin Morris
                        Darin Morris  6 days back

                        The show was Awesome!!!!!!!

                        • Darin Morris
                          Darin Morris  6 days back

                          Ahh we knew that!!!!!!!

                          • Gav Tatu
                            Gav Tatu  7 days back

                            i remember a random shot of a shark, with a DHARMA stamp on it.... i don't recall anything else coming of it ?

                            • Jim Lahey
                              Jim Lahey  7 days back

                              i wish i could wipe my memory & watch this show all over again. one of the greatest shows ive ever watched whether u think the ending was bad or not, i couldnt wait to watch each episode to see what would happen next. i was on the edge of my seat almost the whole show & i miss it 😓

                              • pdkahler
                                pdkahler  7 days back

                                Worst series ending of all time. Let's face it, they were dead the whole series. Had they put them in the Bermuda Triangle, that would've explained most everything and been a much better ending.

                                • Dakota
                                  Dakota  7 days back

                                  They all died from the very beginning and the rest was like a random dream. 🤷🏼‍♀️

                                  • Footy Fan
                                    Footy Fan  1 weeks back

                                    Well, that clarifies things then...…......…… :0(

                                    • Linney Salas
                                      Linney Salas  1 weeks back

                                      I am still Lost.

                                      • Tracy Raia-dowd
                                        Tracy Raia-dowd  1 weeks back

                                        When I watched the show, it started with a supernatural theme. As time went on it got really confusing and took turns that made it lose its appeal. After a couple years I stopped watching the show because it never answered anything (like the special numbers or the black smoke). Now watching this ending explained, I'm glad I stopped watching. This is nothing how it started out. This turn of events made it BORING. They should have stuck with the supernatural aspect and ran with that. I'm so tired of regular tv having no imagination whatsoever.

                                        • Wasteland
                                          Wasteland  1 weeks back

                                          why would you need a video for this usa and you really need a video who wins sience or religion

                                          • Dean Jax
                                            Dean Jax  1 weeks back

                                            So.......... what exactly did this video explain?? I still don’t get the ending

                                            • Anthony Dayrr TV
                                              Anthony Dayrr TV  1 weeks back

                                              yes like the guy below me said, can someone make a video explaining this video??? this video's explanation sux balls

                                              • Anthony Dayrr TV
                                                Anthony Dayrr TV  1 weeks back

                                                worst ending ever omg I was so disappointed, ending trashed out the whole thing

                                                • Ted Ebayer
                                                  Ted Ebayer  1 weeks back

                                                  We were so "LOST" that by mid season 4 we never watched again... sometimes you can write too many twists, sub plots, and unknowns to make a series unwatchable...as confirmed by the shows later years ratings. Watching this video still leaves us at a "whatever dude.."

                                                  • Truestoryguy
                                                    Truestoryguy  1 weeks back

                                                    Apparently JJ Abrahms wrote the ending scene (The church scene) along with the pilot episode. This explains why Linus wasn't part of the church group, because Linus character was supposed to be killed off early in the series, but kept him around because the actor that portrayed him was amazing.

                                                    • Echinoidea
                                                      Echinoidea  1 weeks back

                                                      How the hell did they survive a nuclear blast??? They went back in time and blew up. Then they show up on the island in season 6. I still hate JJ Abrams for this. What in the actual hell happened there? They never explain anything.

                                                      • Carlo Muniz
                                                        Carlo Muniz  1 weeks back

                                                        Waste of time 👎🏻

                                                        • Isiaha Evangelista
                                                          Isiaha Evangelista  1 weeks back

                                                          I’m totally lost.
                                                          Ba-dum tiss.
                                                          Sorry for the unfunny joke

                                                          • Paul Freedman
                                                            Paul Freedman  1 weeks back

                                                            Nothing new to me, I understood Lost mostly while watching season 6.

                                                            • No.1
                                                              No.1  2 weeks back

                                                              LOST was the best show ever, but that ending.....this did help explain it a bit. But you see, now I'm going to have to buy the entire set of DVDs, watch it all over again and try to figure it out. IDK. Life is too short for this shit.

                                                              • Sumner Waite
                                                                Sumner Waite  2 weeks back

                                                                Loved Lost

                                                                • Owen Ward
                                                                  Owen Ward  2 weeks back

                                                                  I binge watched this show in 2019, and really loved it. Yeah I was feeling lost after the finale, but overall it was a great show. Agree with everyone that’s saying they wrote themselves into a corner. They introduce so many new plot points without thinking ahead as to how they’d all link or tie up nicely.

                                                                  • Marc Smithsonian
                                                                    Marc Smithsonian  2 weeks back

                                                                    You miss The point.. Ale The purpose of this 10 yr show was to watch the light from the center of the island..

                                                                    • lordvishnu
                                                                      lordvishnu  2 weeks back

                                                                      "Excellent, John, you're evolving!" - Benjamin Linus

                                                                      • Binnybuzz B
                                                                        Binnybuzz B  2 weeks back

                                                                        reminds me of flight mh370.....creeeeepy

                                                                        • Patrick Divine
                                                                          Patrick Divine  2 weeks back

                                                                          Am the only person that watched lost in 2019... Awesome show, so engaging I was so lost watching lost

                                                                          • Duck Duck
                                                                            Duck Duck  2 weeks back

                                                                            Patrick Divine just finished it today

                                                                        • Bobby King
                                                                          Bobby King  2 weeks back

                                                                          I’m as confused now as I was back then. My opinion they created such a good show, they painted themselves into a corner and upset figure out how the end the show.

                                                                          • RC Hobbyist Extreme
                                                                            RC Hobbyist Extreme  2 weeks back

                                                                            I knew from the first episode they had all died in the plane crash. They of course kept changing things and most of it made no sence. When they found the remains of the jet at the bottom of the ocean, That did it for me. I didn't watch any more of it. I saw the final " moving on at the Church" episode and was glad it finally ended. The writers had lost their minds by that time anyways. For a while,it was as if though they didn't know what was supposed to happen in the next season.That much was clear.

                                                                            • 100% Real Woman 4 The Throw the Bum Out Party!

                                                                              I loved this show, when it ended I cried but I was also upset at the way they ended it.

                                                                              • RATFather
                                                                                RATFather  2 weeks back

                                                                                Um, no. It's obvious that they simply spun out of control in their own plot lines and they didn't know what to do. So they simply threw something together. The ending was just a crutch. There are so many plot holes it isn't even funny. I loved it when it started, but it just kep falling apart as it went on. The ending was just pathetic.

                                                                                • James Bowlen
                                                                                  James Bowlen  2 weeks back

                                                                                  So the show was so poorly written that it requires an explanation? Admit it! It was a funding issue or everyone got tired of the series and wanted to quit. Anyway, the last season was stupid. The ending was dumb and complete nonsense!

                                                                                  • DJ ALLDAY
                                                                                    DJ ALLDAY  2 weeks back

                                                                                    After All that... I'M STILL LOST

                                                                                    • Wolverine Potter
                                                                                      Wolverine Potter  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Am i the only one who LIKED The Finale of LOST?

                                                                                      • Wolverine Potter
                                                                                        Wolverine Potter  1 weeks back

                                                                                        @Ted Ebayer i do but there all fictional movie and tv show charcaters. sorry!

                                                                                      • Ted Ebayer
                                                                                        Ted Ebayer  1 weeks back

                                                                                        the question probably should be... are you the only one who watch the finale?

                                                                                      • Wolverine Potter
                                                                                        Wolverine Potter  1 weeks back

                                                                                        @Wolf and Husky Good, i'm not alone

                                                                                      • Wolf and Husky
                                                                                        Wolf and Husky  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Wolverine Potter yes

                                                                                    • Anne Boleyn
                                                                                      Anne Boleyn  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I loved it. Was totally my thing this series!:)
                                                                                      And I loved the character Ben he was a brilliant addition- great actor who played him 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

                                                                                      • Anne Boleyn
                                                                                        Anne Boleyn  2 days back

                                                                                        100% Real Woman 4 The Throw the Bum Out Party!
                                                                                        Without Ben it would have been fucking boring. And I just think the actor is brilliant who played him no one else could have done it any better.
                                                                                        And Hurley was everybody’s darling of course also of me. I liked sawyer too I liked many of them.

                                                                                      • 100% Real Woman 4 The Throw the Bum Out Party!
                                                                                        100% Real Woman 4 The Throw the Bum Out Party!  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Anne Boleyn
                                                                                        I hated Ben, I wanted to jump into the television and strangle him to death! I loved Locke & Hurley!

                                                                                    • J.W. Higgs
                                                                                      J.W. Higgs  2 weeks back

                                                                                      After a couple of seasons this show falls apart and makes no sense whatsoever.

                                                                                      • IanJackson33
                                                                                        IanJackson33  2 weeks back

                                                                                        people are still fucking explaining this ending. jeez give it a rest already, the show ended 12 or so years ago.

                                                                                        • js7un
                                                                                          js7un  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Why bother explaining the ending when they can't even explain the beginning.