'Lost' Recap: This Is What They Died For? (Page 1/4)
'Lost' Recap: This Is What They Died For? (Page 1/4)
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The series finale of Lost is this Sunday, making this the penultimate episode.  There's a lot to get through, and with a title like "What They Died For," Lost has no choice but to explain why they died.

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By "they," I mean Sun, Jin, Sayid, Frank Lapidus, Ilana, Juliet, Jacob, Daniel Faraday, Charlotte, Naomi, Matthew Abaddon, Alex, Danielle, Karl, Michael, Charlie, Mr. Eko, Ana Lucia, Libby, Boone, Shannon, Nikki, Paulo, Edward Mars, Dr. Arzt, Christian Shephard, Anthony Cooper, etc.  There's been a lot of death on this show.

To be honest, I'm a little tired of these vague half-answers, but there's only one more episode, so maybe they're saving everything for the finale.  Though Jacob promises to explain what they died for in this episode, I'm not sure it's really worth it.  Luckily, everything that happens in the altverse is totally worth it.

On the Island, the submarine explosion is still hanging over the survivors' heads.  Jack cleans out Kate's bullet wound while Kate waxes poetic about how Jin never got to meet his daughter, Ji Yeon.  She thinks they should kill Flocke, and Jack couldn't agree more.  They join Sawyer and Hurley watching the debris float ashore before moving on to find Desmond in the well.

On the trek there, Sawyer starts to realize that Jack was right about not touching the bomb.  Hurley sees Young Jacob who wants his ashes back.  He takes them and runs away, letting Hurley follow him until he finds Adult Jacob.  Jacob tossed his ashes into a fire, and when the fire goes out, he's gone and someone else will take over his job, so Hurley is instructed to bring everyone to him.

Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley all return and this time, everyone can see and hear Jacob.  Kate wants to know why Sun, Jin and Sayid died (apparently she doesn't care about Lapidus as much as I do), and Jacob promises to explain exactly what they died for.

If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for you to buy.  In reality, Jacob's explanation is just as vague as everything we've been told.  He says that he brought everyone here because they were alone and they needed something like the Island to fill the void in their life.  I guess the primary requirement for this job is having no life, which means I would make a great Island Protector.  Jacob also explains that Kate's name was crossed off because she became a mother, but she could still technically be a Candidate because the wall means nothing.

With no real answers, Jacob asks for someone to step up.  Jack's massive God complex means he wants to take over, so Jacob takes him to some water, does a chant, and makes him drink it so Jack can become like him.  Jacob also lets him know that the magical Light at the center of the Island is just beyond the bamboo where Jack first landed in the "Pilot."

Jack didn't think there was anything there, but it seems becoming the Protector is like using a cheat code in a video game because it unlocks secret levels.  So now Jack is the new Jacob and it's his job to keep the Light on and kill the Smoke Monster.

Keep reading to find out what Ben, Miles and Richard are up to.

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