With These Answers, Can We Finally Figure Out What 'Lost' Is All About?
With These Answers, Can We Finally Figure Out What 'Lost' Is All About?
Looking for answers? Then voila, here are the answers. Let's party.

I may have been a Lostie for just eight months (you all know why) but I feel the same satisfaction in finally knowing answers to some of the most critical questions we've ever faced on Lost--and not just the ones about Richard.

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So what is the Island? A "cork", according to Jacob, placed to keep "evil"--in this case, the Man in Black--from leaving and spreading to the wider world. In my terms, MIB is a prisoner, the Island is the prison, and Jacob is the prison guard, unwittingly killed by another prisoner.

Although you can't really call Ben a prisoner. People are brought to the Island solely to prove the Man in Black wrong--to prove his belief, that people are capable of evil, is wrong. Although I don't think Jacob's plan is working very well: he sent people to the Island for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years, but they're making wrong decisions, the latest of which involve Ben killing him. So perhaps the Man in Black is right--and then what?

"Somebody will replace me," Jacob said. And the cycle continues: candidates become replacements, people are dragged into this experiment, and so on, and so forth.

At this rate, though, it seems Jacob will be successful in his attempts to convince the Man in Black that he is wrong. But it seems he will overdo it. After all, Locke--let's call him Locke--will not go down without a fight in his plans to leave the Island. There will be bloodshed, as we saw last week, with Widmore's entry into the picture.

In the end, the Man in Black will be gone--and I mean gone, not just imprisoned again. How do you explain the flash sideways world having the Island underwater?

Here's my thought after last week's episode: with the Island ultimately underwater, what is there to cork? You can say MIB died in battle (that's putting it loosely--however, with the last scene it's going to be very nasty) but you can also say MIB realized he's wrong, and is now at home, free, a little less cynical. With nobody to imprison, Jacob ceases playing with people as pawns--he's got nothing to prove--and everything ends underwater, and everything is reset, which means Jack has a son from a yet-undisclosed wife.

Easter Eggs: What we found in "Ab Aeterno"

It looks like the end battle really is about fate versus free will. Of people being innately good, but capable of doing bad. Of forgiveness existing, because the past won't matter. And, well, everything that goes against it.

At least that's how Lost's nine remaining hours are shaping up for me. There are still a lot to account for--the final candidate, the struggle, the involvement of the Hansos (are they pawns or associates or a third party?)--but for the most part, I think, we have the answers. And unless I'm totally wrong on this one--I doubt it, ABC sold this episode hard--we can party. Let's drink. Anyone wants Jacob's bottle of wine?

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