The Ending Of Lost Finally Explained

  • 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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Comments • 1 666

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

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

    • Jared Johnson
      Jared Johnson  2 days back


    • I Am Gilbert
      I Am Gilbert  3 days back

      By the way bonus footage shows Ben recruiting Walt the job of Jacob and way back to the island and so he should have been the protector as everyone let go

    • Ken Oger
      Ken Oger  3 days back


    • AJ Poll
      AJ Poll  4 days back


    • Happy Camper
      Happy Camper  4 days back

      Jericho. They just stopped. That sucked. 😕

  • Eli Dames
    Eli Dames  28 minutes back

    JJ Abhrams is the pullout king.

    • Greg Roman
      Greg Roman  3 hours back

      Harrold Perinoes caracter was not in the ending at the church neither was his son.?what's up with that?and where's the dog?🤔

      • FistZar Sprottnik ФистЦаръ Шпроттник

        Just because you don't get it, doesn't mean it's not there.
        I watched it several times, and have no problem understanding it. To me it was all well put together in a way that makes sense. Everything lines up and is explaned in the series as well as irl for a *million* times. It's sad how so many people are actually able to be STILL confused about it.

        • Juliejulez
          Juliejulez  5 hours back

          In my opinion, correction to all the characters having a connection...the Source connects us All as limbs or tree branches. Any character outside of Lost is also connected to everyone on Lost. The smoke monster plays the same role as the shadow mob that take souls in the movie Ghost.

          • Snowshoes
            Snowshoes  6 hours back

            WOW... I'm so glad this was finally cleared up... NINE AND A HALF YEARS LATER. -_-

            • Saymy Name
              Saymy Name  6 hours back

              When the show got all stupid I quit watching. How did they expect anyone to keep up with this Hollywood BS. After watching this its clear to me that these writers/producers are indeed satanic pos.

              • MK Genest
                MK Genest  6 hours back

                This was great! Thank you so much for this! I was never one of the ones who thought it meant they were dead the entire time. I pretty much got the gist of it (although it took a few days after the finale to let it sink in) when it aired. The only thing I was still a bit confused about was the Light pool and all of that. You explained it pretty well and I think I understand it for the most part. This video makes me want to watch the show again. It was my favorite show for a very long time. Even after years of it being over lol. I hope this video clears up some of people's confusion.

                • panos protos
                  panos protos  8 hours back

                  Lost, Friends, Seinfeld...
                  Entertainment for the simple minded...

                  • Jay4jingle
                    Jay4jingle  9 hours back


                    • cee green
                      cee green  10 hours back

                      The ending of lost was amazing in my opinion I loved this show so much😩

                      • 3PO
                        3PO  14 hours back

                        you just made it more complicated think before you talk noting in heer help at all WTF dislike frome me for shure

                        • raimiss heyho
                          raimiss heyho  15 hours back

                          well just one fucked show

                          • M MMM
                            M MMM  18 hours back

                            How was Hurley still fat???

                            • M MMM
                              M MMM  18 hours back

                              I hated this show.

                              • Squared Away
                                Squared Away  19 hours back

                                Is Jack's son Clay Jenson from 13 reasons why?

                                • bwractive
                                  bwractive  19 hours back

                                  Why do channels like this feel to need to overanalyse things like this, especially when it's been so many years ago?
                                  This might be a actually interresting subject to do a video about.

                                  • John Kon
                                    John Kon  20 hours back

                                    soooo i never watched anything of lost... and after seeing this video im so fucking glad that i didnt!

                                    • Kurdman Pouyesh
                                      Kurdman Pouyesh  1 days back

                                      God I miss them so much...

                                      • superbrownbrown
                                        superbrownbrown  1 days back

                                        Bad Endings Contest:

                                        Sopranos: I got this.
                                        Game Of Thrones: Hold my beer.
                                        Lost: Hold my Rolex.
                                        Star Wars: Hold my Death Star.*


                                        • superbrownbrown
                                          superbrownbrown  1 days back

                                          4:45 I didn't know Chumlee was on this show...

                                          • Richard Depaola jr
                                            Richard Depaola jr  1 days back

                                            They copped out and would have been much better off going with one of the 2 main fan theories to explain what they could not because they clearly did NOT have any explanation for what they were writing. They should have either made it purgatory and that they were all dead or that the island was in a pocket-dimension and had a large pocket of anti-matter at its center. Instead, we got treated to nonsense with the bulk of what was happening never explained.

                                            • Hingle McCringleberry
                                              Hingle McCringleberry  1 days back

                                              The introduction of moving onto the afterflife with religious imagery is where I felt fully disrespected by the writers! It is legit if other people are religious and liked it. But afterlife and purgatory are not universal concepts that can just be applied to explain anything that seems supernatural. For me the show was more about mistery, spirituality and science fiction. Going afterlife and redemption by existing religious imagery is where lost lost me.

                                              • Jermaine Meeks
                                                Jermaine Meeks  1 days back

                                                So basically the ending is very complex,by complex I mean confusing, the crew including Gilligan never get off the island, the minnow is the forever.

                                                • Morrell Bazemore
                                                  Morrell Bazemore  1 days back

                                                  don't watch this video.

                                                  • Rodrigo Karashima
                                                    Rodrigo Karashima  1 days back

                                                    Perfect video. It's quite simple for everyone who actually paid attention. Whoever wants every single detail explained should also ask how is it that a jedi has the force.

                                                    • Anthony Zrillo
                                                      Anthony Zrillo  2 days back

                                                      ... 10 years later...

                                                      • Chad Zeller
                                                        Chad Zeller  2 days back

                                                        Well... it was still a better finale than Game of Thrones, not that that's saying much.

                                                        • Mage Leopard91
                                                          Mage Leopard91  2 days back

                                                          I now want to re watch the series.

                                                          • spidennis
                                                            spidennis  2 days back

                                                            What a screwed up and messed up show.

                                                            • World Citizen
                                                              World Citizen  2 days back

                                                              No explanation at all.

                                                              • Olivia Kirby
                                                                Olivia Kirby  2 days back

                                                                Lost: Worst ending to a captivating and exciting tv show.

                                                                GOT: Hold my fucking beer.

                                                                • Steve E.
                                                                  Steve E.  2 days back

                                                                  Great series in the first half. It started getting too weird then had one of the worse ending ever. I think it rivals the ending of the incredible melting man.

                                                                  • Møøn Mān
                                                                    Møøn Mān  2 days back

                                                                    I’m still just as confused..

                                                                    • Fred Fadungy
                                                                      Fred Fadungy  2 days back

                                                                      BULLSHIT, this is a contrived attempt to explain a last minute crappy ending and make us think we were to stupid to figure it out...

                                                                      • Worst Teammate
                                                                        Worst Teammate  2 days back

                                                                        So basically this video still explains nothing

                                                                        • hanish raj
                                                                          hanish raj  2 days back

                                                                          Finished the last episode of final season an hour ago...
                                                                          And find these video in suggestion..!!

                                                                          • Animlek
                                                                            Animlek  2 days back

                                                                            If people are still talking about a show that has been ended years ago you know it's a great show

                                                                            • Gustavo
                                                                              Gustavo  2 days back

                                                                              The thing is people who watched it only once get "Lost" throughout the end. But I watched it 3 times and every time it seems more coherent. The sixth season is actually real good and this will be forever my fav show. For others... Well you give them a hand, they want a arm. People are never really satisfied.

                                                                              • Nigel Hallam - Hallam Hallam Natural Trainer

                                                                                Lost handed the baton over to Game of Thrones ..... two clunkers that pulled us in hook line and sinker.

                                                                                • Edward Haas
                                                                                  Edward Haas  3 days back

                                                                                  Pretty much what I figured. Was hoping for additional insight from outside sources like interviews. Oh well.

                                                                                  • LetsBeClear
                                                                                    LetsBeClear  3 days back

                                                                                    No way they were definitely in limbo

                                                                                    • Bacon Bits
                                                                                      Bacon Bits  3 days back

                                                                                      What a weird story and plot. So glad that I never wasted any time watching this stupid show.

                                                                                    • Alex Gastmeier
                                                                                      Alex Gastmeier  3 days back

                                                                                      Anyone who cared to watch this show could see they had no way out and it made the writing super weak.
                                                                                      It's not hard to come up with twists and turns in a story when you don't care How It Ends

                                                                                      • lego 11
                                                                                        lego 11  3 days back

                                                                                        Im still lost

                                                                                        • Kevin Howard
                                                                                          Kevin Howard  3 days back

                                                                                          Great ending, loved it.

                                                                                          • Roy M
                                                                                            Roy M  3 days back

                                                                                            in addition to everything stated in the video, the epilogue episode "new man in charge" shows that after Jack dies, Ben and Hurley go to recruit Walt "to help your father", trying to get him to become the new protector of the island.

                                                                                            • Dave O
                                                                                              Dave O  3 days back

                                                                                              The ending where they all meet at the same time and place makes sense. Time only exists on earth, not in eternity. The time we spend here on earth will seem as just a flash when we look upon it with the perspective of eternal beings. That's why when we meet friends and relatives and ancestors again in the afterlife, despite having all passed on at different times, it will be almost as though we had never been separated. We can then move on into eternity, with this lifetime having been just one of infinite opportunities to have learned through our short experience here. Namaste.