early thoughts on ‘The End’

The good man’s past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven; the bad man’s past already conforms to his badness and is filled only with dreariness. And that is why, at the end of all things, when the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say “We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven” and the Lost, “We were always in Hell.” And both will speak truly. (C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce)

It’s over.

‘The End’ of LOST has come and gone.

Last night’s finale left me a little drained, having witnessed not only one emotional reunion after another, but also Jack’s great sacrificial stand against the darkness in order to preserve the light.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first, but here are some quick thoughts now that I have had some time to digest it.

The big question that I was looking to have answered was how the sideways world would reconcile itself to the Island world, and what was revealed to us was that the sideways world was something of an in-between, bridging the life that was lived with the life to come. We saw glimpses of the fact that this was not a true reality all along, evidenced in Jack’s bleeding neck and scarred side, and last night we discovered that it is not just a place where the central characters are living the life that they would have lived had Oceanic 815 not crashed, but also [and more importantly] a place where they are given the opportunity to ‘let go’ of that false reality and embrace the light and hope that they each experienced, in community, while on the Island.

The more that I think about it, the more I see a connection between the sixth season of LOST and C.S. Lewis’ amazing book, The Great Divorce, a story wherein the characters are given not only the opportunity to gain insight into their earthly past’s and discover afresh how they had been experiencing a constant progression towards redemption or damnation throughout their lives, but also given the ability to choose whether or not they will continue along either path or change their course. In the same way, as their eyes were opened in the sideways world, the characters of LOST were able to see that their time on the Island had allowed them not only to deal with the baggage that they had brought to the Island, but also to come together with other broken people to ultimately fight against the darkness in order to preserve its light. In this way, their forgiven sins and remembered sorrows were able to be re-framed through the ‘looking glass’ of that very light; it afforded them the opportunity to see that even though they had always wanted to be rescued from the Island, it was in fact the Island that had rescued them all along.

That’s my quick take on things. I am looking forward to reading more reaction and hearing what people thought of it. All along, people have primarily connected with this show because of the characters, and I think they did an awesome job of re-establishing those connections and bringing us back to the heart of the show and of life in general: Live together, die alone.

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  1. I never watched Lost, but that sounds really cool, at least based on what you’ve done with it.

    • Jon, I think that you would love this show. If I was still in Aberdeen, I would totally lend you season one. You can get them all from the library media centre. Check it out!

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