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11 Lost Series Finale Questions

Joe's prays for LOST answers

By Joe Oesterle     May 21, 2010
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11 Lost Series Finale Questions
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All good things must come to an end, and this saying certainly holds true for the ABC series LOST. More than any other show in recent years, LOST has probably helped sell more DVRs and TiVos, and yet at the same time, their loyal viewers (which is every viewer, because let’s face it, you can’t be a casual LOST viewer) make sure they are glued to their seats at 9PM (8 Central) every Tuesday, because they need their magic island fix, and they need it ASAP.
 
With the conclusion within reach, the faithful will tune in with mixed emotions. Sad to say farewell to good friends, and bitter enemies, but also looking forward to finally getting some answers to the myriad of questions posed over the past 6 seasons.
 

Lost Questions

11. Will We Ever Find Out Why Walt Was So Special?

 
 We know we’re never going to find out the answers to all the mysteries introduced in this show. We don’t care that much about Jack’s tattoo, and we already know we’re not going to get the answer of who was shooting from the other outrigger just last year; (and we’re none too happy about that) but how do they give us a puzzle so seemingly specific to the core of everything in the first two seasons and then gradually slink away from the question like they just farted in an elegant ballroom, and are hoping no one accuses them?
 
The real reason is because the kid who played Walt is now 3 times the size of the diminutive Nestor Carbonell, but they still need to address this somehow.
 
Odds of finally getting the answer: 5%
 

Lost Questions

10. Who Was The Love Of Sayid's Life, Shannon Or Nadia?

 
Sayid has been both a lover and a fighter during his life. The problem is the Sayid in the island timeline is dead, so he won’t be doing any brawling or banging anytime soon, and the Sayid in the Safe Landing Universe (SLU) might be heading back to County Jail – where he will unfortunately do more than his fair share of both brawling and banging.
 
Many assume the love of Sayid’s life has always been Nadia, but since island Sayid has never revealed the name of his one true love, many a fan has held to the belief that his soul mate was not the Iraqi prisoner or war, but the spoiled, blonde, brother-effing princess, Shannon.
 
Odds of finally getting the answer: 20%
 

Lost Questions

9. Was Mother a Smoke Monster too?

In one of the most controversial episodes since a skanky Bai Ling tatted Jack up with the phrase, “He walks amongst us, but he is not one of us,” we were recently introduced (for the full hour) to Jacob, his brother the Man in Black and to their murderous and secretive mother.
 
While it is clear that Mother imparted her gift of “island protector” to Jacob, we were left to wonder if she was also the powerfully destructive being known as the Smoke Monster.
 
The biggest clue that she is indeed Smokey, or at least knew him well enough to ask for favors, is someone must have burned that village killed those people and filled in that well in the time it takes a 40 - something year old man to regain consciousness from a serious bump on the noggin.
 
Allison Janney is in fine shape for a woman of her age, and while she could probably torch a city block of homes, she’s probably only capable of killing 3 or 4 villagers on a good day, and would be much too tired to shove boulders into a 50-foot pit afterwards.
 
Odds of finally getting the answer: 80%
 

Lost Questions

8. Who is David's Mother?

The writers have enjoyed teasing us with the identity of Jack’s baby momma since we learned SLU Jack has a son named David. We know it wasn’t Kate, and we can probably eliminate Ana Lucia, Libby, Rousseau and Rose from the list. (Though according to Bernard, Jack’s got a thing for Rose.)
 
Assuming we have already met this woman, (and that’s a fair assumption with the way they’ve tantalized us) this really only leaves a couple of viable options.
 
We all know how bad Jack had it for his original timeline wife, Sarah (Modern Family’s, Julie Bowen) but we also know he had a brief, albeit sparkless island fling with the love of Sawyer’s life, Juliet.
 
Considering the way the home was decorated, the classical music David has studied, and the fact that Jack could have easily met Juliet during med school or at the same hospital (we also suspect Juliet delivered the Kwon baby) we are placing a huge wager on Juliet.
 
Odds of finally getting the answer: 90%
 

Lost Questions

7. How Will The 2 Universes Merge?

This one is tricky. There are no shortage of theories floating around out there, but each one seems flawed to some extent. Our favorite theory is since time moves at a different rate on the island, and since time travel has been accomplished, that it’s possible the island dwellers (living in 2007) are traveling backwards to the SLU. (year 2004)
 
Other theories harken to the Matrix, Sliding Doors, perhaps one reality will just cease to be, and of course, the dreaded “it was all a dream.”
 
Odds of finally getting the answer: 99%
 

Lost Questions

6. What Was The Hurley Bird?

Hugo Reyes was convinced a giant green bird with a wingspan of 16 feet flew over him and called him by his nickname, “Hurley.” When he asked Sawyer, who was standing right next to him at the time, Sawyer sarcastically confirmed Hugo’s suspicion, with a well-delivered; "Yeah, it did. Right before it crapped gold.”
  
In Egyptian mythology (which plays no small part in the overall LOST mythos) the god, Horus, is a sizable green falcon. Will we ever get a guaranteed corroboration on the Hurley bird mystery?
 
Odds of finally getting the answer: 15%
 

Lost Questions

5. Why Is The Ancient Dagger So Important?

Most likely a weapon from the ancient shipwreck that brought the Jacob and The Man In Black’s bio-mom to the island in the first place, this dagger has made a number of appearances in the past few months. It was first shown when Dogen presented it to Sayid, with the orders to kill Smlocke. (Smoke Monster/Locke a.k.a. MIB, a.k.a. Man In Black) before he could utter a word.
 
It was later used by Sayid to slice the throat of Dogen’s Lennon-lookalike lackey. Later (although chronologically 250 years earlier) MIB presented it to Richard with the express intention to kill Jacob, with the identical instructions as Dogen laid out. Most recently Smlocke slayed Widmore’s Liz Lemon looking lady friend with this same blade.
  
Will this weapon be instrumental in the potential death of the soulless, smokified sinful scoundrel?
 
Odds of finally getting the answer: 78%
 
 

Lost Questions

4. Will Sawyer Meet Up With Juliet For Coffee?

Of all the questions posed, this one has to be the slam-dunkingestly easiest one to answer. There is no way the writers come up with dialogue about going dutch on a cup of coffee as she lies dying in the arms of her beloved, and then top that with her words from the grave, “It worked,” without paying that one off. Since there’s only one episode left to address this enigma, it’s a sure bet it will work and she will be having coffee… But not with Sawyer. Juliet will be splitting her java bill with a charming fella named James Ford.
 
Odds of finally getting the answer: 100%
 
 

Lost Questions

3. How Did Jack Get His Neck Scar?

In this season’s opening scene we see Jack Shephard in an airplane bathroom mirror, looking perplexed at what appears to be a fresh shaving nick on his neck. During the last episode, the cut seemed even bigger and bloodier. Considering how often knives and ancient daggers have been used offensively and defensively on this show it’s a good guess that Jack didn’t injure himself with a Schick.
  
The real questions are who cut Jack, when did they cut Jack and why did they cut Jack?
Odds of finally getting the answer: 100%
 

Lost Questions

2. What’s With The Ash Circles?

We assume the ashes Ilana and Bram brought with them are the ashes of dead people, and possibly that of Jacob. Of course we’ve also seen a lot of ashes around the shack, and there were ashes on the temple grounds as well. That’s a lot of ashes for one body. Heck even giant Walt couldn’t provide that much cremated dust.
  
Why does the ash (much like the sonic fence) seem to be a boundary the Smoke Monster cannot cross?
 
Odds of finally getting the answer: 37%
 
 

Lost Questions

1. Is Ben Good or Evil?

A heated watercooler and internet thread debate over the past 3 seasons has been whether Ben is, at the heart of everything, good or evil. There is no doubt Ben did some nasty things, (ordering mass genocide for one) but it also seems that he did at least some of those things while believing he was doing it for the good of the island, and at the behest of (a false) Jacob.
  
Ben has also done some good things (sparing Rousseau’s life and raising baby Alex on his own instead of murdering her as ordered.)
  
After killing Charles Widmore in cold blood, and seemingly chumming it up with Smlocke, Ben once again looks like he’s only in it for himself. However, he did previously reject Smlocke’s offer of island executive management, and seemed genuinely repentant and humbled at Ilana’s graceful act of forgiveness. We’re assuming Ben is using his greatest weapon, his weasely deception skills, to do what the great grifter James “Sawyer” Ford was unable to do – run the long con on Smlocke in the name of goodness.
 
Odds of finally getting the answer: 100%
 
 
 
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About our writer: Joe Oesterle is a billionaire philanthropist who spends most of his days personally cleaning up major oil spills.
Joe Oesterle has made hot passionate love to Megan Fox, Amber Smith and Giselle Bundchen, often at the same time.
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PAGE 5/21/2010 12:21:40 AM

I must admit that I am thouroughly disappointed that we will not get an answer to the outrigger scene from last season. I thought for sure that we'd get the answer to that. I thought maybe it would be Ben, Richard, and Miles following and them shooting warning shots at Locke and company to get them to stop and then Juliet pops a cap in Ben's ass. Or something like that. I would liked to have gotten an answer to the Hurley bird, who built the statue, what the hell happened to Annie (Ben's childhood sweetheart), who in the hell exactly was Henry Gale and how did he end up on the island, who was it exactly in the cabin (I mean we can speculate that it was the MIB but I would prefer a definitive answer), what the hell is up with Cindy's weird ass and why did they pick her to join The Others? And what about the kids? I mean were they candidates? Why were there still supply drops from Dharma and who was sending them? I would like these questions answered, especially the outrigger scene, but I guess we won't get them. I will still be happy with the finale either way. This has been the greatest show of my lifetime and nothing will ever come close!

NotAFan 5/21/2010 1:44:33 AM

Since they never had a plan and have just been making this all up as they went along, you probably won't get any answers to the older questions because they don't have them!

Chopsaki 5/21/2010 1:47:56 AM

Is Ben Good or Evil? Seriously? Sure I guess I could give an nuanced answer about how he is both good and evil as this is the duality of man blah blah blah. Forget the fact that he manipulated Sayid into killing people. Forget the fact he shot Matthew Abaddon, stabbed Jacob or strangled Locke with a electrical cord.

HE USED POISON GAS TO WIPE OUT THE ENTIRE DHARMA INITIATIVE INCLUDING HIS OWN FATHER!

It's hard for me to believe that peoples moral compass' are that badly damaged. More likely they simply enjoy taking an indefensible position and argue it for sport as if there on the debate team. It might be useful to read a little about the law and learn terms like intent or premeditation.

I am glad we got to see what a good Linus would look like with the alternate universe. Hopefully this is the universe that becomes reality when Ben betrays the smoke monster...and you just know he will. It would be poetic as well giving him a measure of redemption by becoming who he could of been had he made different choices in life.

NotAFan 5/21/2010 2:34:06 AM

@chopsaki: Most of the characters in the show are morally grey! But are still considered either good or bad! Kate killed her step dad but is still considered good! Sawyer killed two men in cold blood but is still considered good! In earlier seasons some of the characters, like Sawyer, would flip back and forth between good and bad, but they don't do that much anymore! SO with that reasoning Ben could still turn out to be "good", or what passes for good on this show! Just my take on it, though!

makabriel 5/21/2010 4:04:34 AM

 I think the answer to 11 has been addressed many many times.  He was just as "special" as all the other recruits that landed on the Island.  He was one of the chosen to take over the island.  I just think the actor outgrew the part, as well as Richardus, and they decided to let him go, the same way Kate could have been let go because she was a mother..

My big mystery is what the hell this outrigger scene is that everyone is so wrapped up in.  What are you guys talking about?  I don't remember this scene.

 

Dazzler 5/21/2010 4:25:25 AM

I love all these sites dedicated to questions that will not be answered.  I am just enjoying the last good series that will be on for awhile. 

karas1 5/21/2010 4:48:59 AM

Chopsaki, that's what I've been saying for months.  But SOME people still think Ben is good and just hiding it really well.

Let me point out that even the SLU Ben who wasn't contaminated by being brought back to life in the soul sucking out spring (look what happened to Sayid) resorted to blackmail when he wanted something.  He wasn't a very GOOD blackmailer, but SLU Ben hand't been working on his people manipulation skills his entire life.

Ben is a weak person, willing to do whatever it takes as opposed to, say, Jack, who right or wrong is, at least, a man of his convictions.

ironman28 5/21/2010 5:32:26 AM

Makabriel, Episode 4 of Season 5, titled "The Little Prince", contains the outrigger scene in question. While Cuse and Lindelof have said they know who the shooters in the other outrigger are they are not going to explore their identities because they were already working towards the finale and it's not important to the overall narrative.

jedibanner 5/21/2010 6:03:55 AM

It's easy for us to judge what is right and what is wrong...or evil (Bush anyone???).

But, being in extreme circomstance, I don't think it's up to us to make such assumption in regards to Ben and his motives.

The Dharma initiative seemed like a bunch of scientific guys willing to sacrifice many human beings in order to change the course of the equation number (see lost experience for those details). Ben killed some of these scientist....he's killed but...sometimes if things are for the greater good, yes it's wrong to kill but if it saves 1000 times that many lives, we can't just ignore the circomstance of these actions.

Most of us would never kill to save people....but many have. How can we judge this?

I think ben is right in doing what he thinks he must do to protect the island but, obviously he's done very specific things he could've done in different way but now it's too late.

Bryzarro 5/21/2010 6:11:22 AM

I kinda like this article but honestly.  By dewlling so much on questions you want answered you are setting yourself up for some major dissapointments.  They have two 50 min blocks of finale and the rest is commercial.  My guess is most if not all of those minuites will be spent concluding the show and telling that story.

The mysteries are very, VERY secondary to me.  If the show finished bad, then maybe I would have a beef about the questions.  But come on, Walt, Who was shooting in the outrigger,  The Hurley bird?  These are three that have very little impact on a show making me feel complete by getting an answer. 

And as for David's mother.  We are obviously going to see her as she will be at the concert.  So lets be a little patient. 

For all those non answers, maybe Darlton can collaborate and creat a book to sell all of us LOST junkies with some bunky answers.  And don't tell me nobody would but it.

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