After the final LOST logo faded away, we were left with the end credits and several images of the Flight 815 wreckage. At first I thought it was a look back at the series-an homage to where we started. Then I saw it was being used as an argument that the island was purgatory the whole time-showing that no one survived the initial crash.
A comment someone made on reddit got me thinking about a third option. One of the biggest gripes of the finale was that we did not receive the answers to the mythology that we have been analyzing and theorizing over for years. I think these images may give us the answer we’re looking for or at least some closure to the mythology.
The hatches, the temple, the statue, the lighthouse, the smoldering black rock, and all those confusing hieroglyphs are all just remnants of people who have come to the island and now are long gone. Each one of these places has a compelling story to tell, but the details are locked away in the past. Well, add another mysterious location to that list-the 815 wreckage, risen up from the tides.
Imagine if our show took place after Jack closed his eyes for the last time. A group of strangers crash-lands onto a strange and wonderful island, just as confused as the Losties were when they first arrived. The first couple of days, an adventurous few discover this huge crash site, along with make-shift tents and branded food that oddly resembles the Wal-Mart Great Value brand. At night, instead of hearing scary New York City cab sounds, these people are greeted by a pair of beady eyes staring out at them from the jungle. The next day, a big guy with Yoda-like wisdom and a knack for Ranch dressing comes out to meet the newcomers. Besides the obvious question of how does this guy retain his figure on a deserted island, they ask, “What’s up with the plane crash?” The friendly sage would smile and simply reply, “Oh, heh, that’s how me and my friends got here.” And thats pretty much all the information you would get about it. Sure, there might be a flashback episode detailing how Hurley got the job right before he passes the job to the capable Ji Yeon-who, coincidentally, was among the newcomers. But the 815 plane wreckage would be just another point of interest on mystery island.
Thankfully, our show wasn’t about the animated Ben and Hurley spin-off, Number One n’ Two, nor was it about the people who built the temple, the statue, or even the Swan Station. Lost was about Jack and Kate getting caught in a net, Hurley offering Ben an Apollo Bar, Sawyer and Juliet finding love in time travel, and Claire and Charlie eating invisible peanut butter. It was about the characters and their paths to happiness, love, and redemption. And now, the only thing that remains is this oceanic plane wreckage. All their struggles, pain, and joy wrapped up in one set piece.
I think that’s exactly what they were showing with the final images. Lost was a character story through and through, but now their story is just another part of the island’s complex and perplexing mythology.
What do you guys think? Sound off below!
Edit: Looks like ABC has come clean. A spokesperson said, “The images shown during the end credits of the ‘Lost’ finale, which included shots of Oceanic 815 on a deserted beach, were not part of the final story but were a visual aid to allow the viewer to decompress before heading into the news.” [LA Times]
I think the perfect way to decompress is to let the story of Lost slip peacefully into the island’s mythology. 😉