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Weekly Lost Chronicles: How Will It End?

January 25, 2010

One week left before the series finale and I’ll admit it, I’m a bit nervous going in. A lot of us Losties have put a ton of time into analyzing the science, numerology, the symbolism, and all of the tiny nuances attached to this show (to those of you who caught the Dharma symbol on the shark fin, or the voice telling Juliette to hit the hydrogen bomb before the screen flashed to white, God bless you). Here’s a scary thought: Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have already said they expect two different reactions to the ending, one short term and one long term.

Oh no. A flashback to the last four minutes and fifty seconds of The Sopranos, anyone? Although, after my initial anger subsided it did turn out to be a genius ending.

On the other hand, both also promised no short cuts (a snow globe style ending like St. Elsewhere, or Dallas explaining one of its seasons as an extended dream come to mind) along with a sense of finality. No room for re-opening the story or some movie adaptation, at least with this same group of characters. In my mind, this eliminates most of the chances for a happy resolution.

So how does it all end? Let the speculation begin!

The survivors break the loop and Oceanic Flight 815 arrives at LAX as it was supposed to: This is my idea of the short term reaction. It allows Cuse and Lindelof the freedom to tie what they deem necessary, leave anything there’s no way to explain away as an open file, and life goes on for everyone who was on board. This would make the most sense, but would also be the least desirable end to this show. It’s the easiest, yet cheapest way out. I doubt this happens. Please don’t let this happen.

Jack and Locke go further back in time to wrestle control of the island from Ben Linus and/or Charles Widmore: This goes one of two ways.  Jack, Locke, and the rest of the Oceanic survivors go so far back in time that they become responsible for Creation. The second theory is the survivors go far back enough in time to detonate jughead prior to the Dharma Initiative truly establishing themselves on the island, sacrificing everyone, the island, as well, to destroy Ben and Charles Widmore. Each of these would require the producers to resolve a lot more before concluding the series.

The Valenzetti Equation (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42): Desmond insisted the six number sequence that needed to be pushed every 108 minutes was to save the world (that same sequence adds to 108), and when that sequence wasn’t entered had said, “You’ve killed us all.” They were the same numbers that caused Hurley his bad luck, and showed up on his Camaro’s odometer. The same numbers showed up on the Swan Site and all over Danielle Rousseau’s papers. They were everywhere for those who looked hard enough. All of the numbers interrelate and, when added up to 108, become significant in the Buddhist and Hindu world (108 sins of mankind). If one theory is that the Oceanic Six ultimately become responsible for Creation, it’s possible that when the sequence isn’t pushed, with Jack and company already having become a different set of variables,  mankind is ultimately punished for it’s future sins.

Assuming that Rose and Bernard have become the equivalent to Adam and Eve, living in their Garden of Eden, and not hitting that sequence is the original sin.

Head hurt yet? Let’s continue…

It’s all been a board game, either backgammon or chess, and the players have been the pieces: Anyone remember Locke and Walt playing Backgammon in season one? The chess references with Hurley and Mr. Eko? Ben referring to his daughter as a pawn just before she was killed by Martin Keamy. Each game involves darkness and light, moving forward and backwards, capturing, removing, even sacrificing pieces. The players could be a combination of players between Jack, Locke, Ben, and Charles. Each have been responsible for deaths, sacrifices, and calculated moves looking numerous steps ahead.It’s somewhat of a cheap way out, but there’s enough sense to not discount the theory entirely. Arriving to that scene would be the great trick and, if it’s done right, might actually be rewarding.

It simply switches to black at some climactic moment: Good lord, no . . .

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