Season 6 Episode 17

The End

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 23, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The battle lines are drawn as Locke puts his plan into action, which could finally liberate him from the island.

The Man in Black's final fate is determined, and one survivor must make the ultimate sacrifice to save the island, Meanwhile, in another life, the ones who might have been the survivors gather for a final time.


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  • Get rid of that writer. He blew the whole show.

    Dissapointment. Was this all they could come up with as an end? Feels like an easy way out.

    I was hoping for some sort of reality-bending starting in the parallell future to go towards the reality them on the Island were living... Or something. Not just, 'hey we had all died. It was just a dream'.

    Very dissapointed. I wont recomend my friends to watch this. It was all for nothing :(moreless
  • So many confused people.

    It amazes me how so many people didn't get the ending. For those who think that the island was purgatory and that they all died on the initial plane crash, YOU ARE WRONG. Go watch the finale again. The island is real, as is everything the characters experienced there. It is the flash sideways world that is purgatory. THAT world was created by the characters so they could find each other after they died, so that they could move on together. They didn't die at the same time, Christian says so at the end. And when Jack asks him how they are all here now, Christian answers that there is no "now" here (in purgatory). So some we saw die on the island, some died elsewhere, some sooner, some later. But they all met in the flash sideways world to move on together.

    Bottom line is: the island IS real, and everything that happened there, happened for real. If you don't get it, go watch Christian and Jack's dialogue in the church again. It explains it all quite explicitly, imo.moreless
  • NCIS REVIEWS 2/11/2014 TO 3/4/2014

    REVIEW FOR 3/4/2014 EPISODE: For 10 seasons and 2 episodes, NCIS has been an outstanding drama series with trials and tribulations. And for the entire run their as been a cohesion unmatched in few other shows. The mixture of Jenny and Gibbs and the occasional flash backs. The unexpected appearances of Franks usually meant "Probe Gibbs" was in for it. Then their was Kate inserting her mild but some time stinging rebuffs to Denozzo's ramblings. After Kate's departure, Ziva took of the gauntlet, defending her spaces from all comers. Unfortunately, after season 11 week 2, Ziva departed, leaving a giant void that to present has not and probably will never be fill. Bishops character is totally opposite to ANY of the predecessors. She can handle the floor because that appears to be where she spends most of her time. Her soft presentation does nothing for the scenes she is in. And her inputs seems after thoughts from the writers and producers. To top it off, I don't think the introduction of a husband will do nothing to improve the character. Since week 2, Gibbs character has changed too. Gone is the Marine who took on any task and led the team through hell and high water. Now it seems he is coddling to the newbie, not wanting to treat her like Kate and Ziva were treated. Harsh at time but father like at other times. Dinozzo seems lost, not knowing how to approach Bishop. McGee has lost his mojo at time, wondering what Bishop will say or not say. Palmers character has turned into a hen pecked husband, jumping every time the wife calls. Dr. Mallard and Abby seem to be the only characters that have maintained the styles that we have grown to enjoy for 10+ years. I realize, all these character are just character. But the new mix is not working. Could you see Bishop in Afghanistan shooting it out with the rebels? Don't think so. Could you see Bishop and Dinozzo locked up in a container full of money, shooting it out with the bad guys? Don't think so. The Bishop character may have been a good and needed fix to replace Ziva, BUT THE SELECTION OF WICKERSHAM was a mistake and the direction what production team is sending the character is doing nothing for the show. In fact, it is killing the show. I have 10.2 seasons of reruns and then it will stop. Foot Note: My wife always watches NCIS with me. But, tonight, was the first time she got up and started clean the house. That is how far the show has fallen. REVIEW FOR 2/26/2014 EPISODE: HA, another Bishop sighting last night. I think they were trying to show her character had some defense skills. But for real, both Kate and Ziva would have had her on the ground in 5 seconds. The came the bumbling investigation for truck accident. DA. One point of this episode, it would be an easy out for the character with the shooting. Sad but true. We have had 10 out standing seasons of NCIS. I fear we will see the decay in season 11. Maybe a decade is long enough. REVIEW FOR 2/242014 EPISODE: Just finished watching the 2/18/2014 episode and as usual, it was quality NCIS. No one sitting on the desks or on the floor. Just the 3 person team, minus Ziva, defending the free world. Thanks for the re-run. REVIEW FOR 2/11/2014 EPISODE: What could be the last "A+" NCIS show was aired tonight with a Ziva sighting? Tony did look like a bum for a while, but he finally found a shaver. I suppose we will be back to the "C+" rated shows soon with Bishop. Too bad the producers had to contaminate the show.moreless
  • worst finale ever

    So they are all dead, And with that nothing in the whole series makes sense. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse claimed this was planned from day 1, thats total BS. It was a cheap buyout. They promised everything would be answered. Watch the serries again and keep in mind that nothing is real and that they are all already dead, that will show you how bad of a show this was.moreless
  • If you think the LOST finale was the best thing since sliced bread, read this lengthy diatribe.

    The Lost Finale started off as any other episode of the series, meaning I was enjoying it immensely, when, like Oceanic Flight 815, the show abruptly did a nosedive into the realm of cliche and unnecessary tragedy. And I watched as the show I loved so much crashed and burned. I feel betrayed that a show I have invested so much time into-frequently defending it to my friends and family-transmogrified from a sharp, smart sci-fi show on par with the likes of Doctor Who into a cheesy, prosaic story that belonged on such shows like Joan of Arcadia or Ghost Whisperer. I'll be the first to admit that I am religious, and though I have my own view on the afterlife, I'm not opposed to watching or reading works with a different outlook. However, those works I reference never pretended to be anything other than religious/supernatural stories. They didn't start out by trying to explain monsters and other supernatural phenomena as scientific anomalies, and they didn't spend two seasons setting up and delivering a story about time travel. I mean, what were the point of Daniel Faraday and his theories on time travel? If you can't change the past or create alternative realities where the people are alive (see Doctor Who and Fringe for good examples) then why introduce the concept in the first place? To have some fun? To mess with the viewers' heads? And what was up with Miles hearing dead Juliet's comment that "it worked"? Are we to believe that Miles wasn't hearing the last thoughts of the dead, but her thoughts in limbo land when she handed James his candy bar? Are we to accept that the bomb did absolutely no good? So Daniel, the nuclear physicist was really an idiot, after all? Jeez, what's the point of knowing quantum physics when you can't do anything with it? And I guess Jack and Juliet were idiots too for believing him. But this doesn't make sense, because we know electromagnetism has to do with time travel. We were introduced to this in season 3 when Desmond, newly exposed to electromagnetism, flashed to a parallel world and saw his past play out in a nearly identical manner. (Remember, in the real past he broke up with Penny on his own volition, not on the urging of Eloise. And the football team won in one version and lost in the other). We got more confirmation on this theory in "The Constant" and when Ben turned the Donkey Wheel, harnessing the energy and moving the island through space and time. So why did the electromagnetism, which was previously a vehicle for travel through time and space, turn into a means to flash to an eternal limbo and back? Des was a time traveler. We know magical limbo was timeless, so how did a time traveller suddenly become an emissary for purgatory? It doesn't follow logic, and you can say all you want about sci-fi and fiction and how the writers can makes things up as they go, but it's not true. Even if your story exists outside the realm of the real world, you still have to follow the rules you established for that imaginary world. Let's make a syllogism to further illustrate the point: Electromagnetism creates time and space travel. Desmond can harness electromagnetism. Ergo, Desmond can travel to a place where time and reality don't exist? "XXXXXXXXXXXX" goes the buzzer. Logical fallacy. The thing that frustrates me is that they didn't have to make it purgatory. They had it set up so perfectly to be a parallel universe like the one Rose Tyler got stuck in. They could have easily had the last scene been Desmond telling those gathered at the church that they're in an alternate dimension that was created when the hydrogen bomb and the electromagnetism collided, and those who were still alive in the island world could either keep their consciousnesses over in the alternate world with their dead loved ones, or they could stay in the island world. And Kate, Sawyer and Claire would have chosen to stay with their soul mates, possibly Miles because his life sucked in the island world, and Ben and Hurley would have passed because they still had work to do on the island. Instead, we get the Harry Potter syndrome. I read that the LOST writers came up with this ending sometime during the beginning of the series run when JJ Abrams was still involved. This whole limbo thing was his ridiculous concoction. So probably, since season two, they were planning to make Jack die and meet up with Kate in purgatory. Goodie. That makes me feel sooooooo much better. Just like when I heard . Rowling wrote the Crapilogue waaaaaaaaay back at the beginning and refused to rewrite it after her series was complete. And it showed. The writing looked like it was taken right out of a banal sitcom. The characters showed no growth. In short, it sucked. Instead of adapting the ending to fit the evolution of the characters and story, both and the Lost writers stuck firmly to their original idea, and it did not make cohesive sense with the rest of the story. Lost was never a religious show. It had religious undertones, Christ-like figures, and certain characters like Charlie, Eko and Sayid who expressed religious beliefs, but religion wasn't the core of the show. It was a character study with sci-fi fantasy elements like Star Wars, Doctor Who, or Fringe. But in the last 15 minutes, the show did a 180 and became the next Touched by an Angel. If the writers had wanted this show to be a metaphor for our life's journey and final destination into the afterlife, they should have presented those ideas long before the finale and in more than just obtuse phrases like "everything happens for a reason," "it's destiny," and "don't confuse coincidence with What do those generic terms have to do with the bizzaro Roman Catholic purgatory we get in the end? And how do mere mortals create a magical realm through their thoughts and hopes and all arrive there after they die? How can people die in this world (like Keamy and Mikhail) when they're already dead? How can women have children when they're dead? When did the writers establish the rule that good thoughts and desires could even create an alternate dimension? Oh that's right. In the last 15 minutes of the program. Cheap, guys. Speaking of cheap . . . the emotional reunion between my favorite ships lost all meaning once I realized they were dead. Before that startling and unpleasant revelation, everything was so poignant and beautiful. I cried when Charlie and Claire remembered their island life, and I thought to myself, "Finally, Charlie can raise Aaron with Then Sawyer and Juliet kissed, and I grinned wildly from ear to ear. And even though I knew Jack was going to die when Kate and he kissed goodbye, I was still thrilled to hear her say, "I love And I thought, "well, at least they can be together in the parallel But what good is being together in an alternate world when you're dead? Dead people can't reproduce, as observed by the magical disappearance of David once Jack remembered his death. Jack and Kate et al. could conceivably stay in their happy limbo existence for a while and live out the life they never got, but the way Christian talked, it seemed pretty evident that everyone was "passing No second chances for any of my ships. What's the point of having canon ships when your couples are all frickin' dead?!? And what kind of crap life did Kate, Sawyer and Claire live after they landed in LA? If you'll recall in "Eggtown," Kate was told if she ever left the state, she would be thrown in jail for a long, long time. So Jack ordered her to leave so she could pine for him in a prison? She should have stayed, been with him when he died. Yeah, yeah, Vincent finding him in the bamboo grove was full of symmetry. Screw symmetry. I want at least semi-happy endings! And why, pray tell, did Jack have to die? If you tell me it's for the sake of coming full circle, blah blah blah, I will hurt you. Jack, my good, kind Jack, who tried his whole life to help people and to be a better person, has his life cut tragically short and doesn't get to be with the woman he loves. Whereas Ben, a man who committed mass genocide, who's lied and manipulated his whole life, gets the one thing he always wanted: to stay and protect the island. WTF? Don't get me wrong, I love Ben. But Ben should have died to redeem himself, like Sayid. Instead, the writers, being so enamored with Michael Emerson, give him a long happy existence on the island. Frickin A. Just thinking about it, makes me cry. Again. Let me end this rant with a mention about the title, "The Jacob said it would only end once. Yet, we didn't get to see it end. The island still needed protecting, which was why Hurley got the job. So what the hell was Jacob talking about? Where's this "end"? And what kind of justification is there in making Hurley the protector? He didn't want the job. He took it because Jack ordered him to. And isn't that exactly what Jacob didn't want to happen? To have another person forced into the position? For a show that was pushing free will, not much was available in the endmoreless
Jorge Garcia (I)

Jorge Garcia (I)

Hugo "Hurley" Reyes

Naveen Andrews

Naveen Andrews

Sayid Jarrah

Emilie de Ravin

Emilie de Ravin

Claire Littleton (Seasons 1-4 and 6)

Henry Ian Cusick

Henry Ian Cusick

Desmond Hume (Seasons 3+)

Ken Leung

Ken Leung

Miles Straume (Seasons 4+)

Jeff Fahey

Jeff Fahey

Frank Lapidus (Season 6, recurring in Seasons 4 & 5)

Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan

Charlie Pace

Recurring Role

Cynthia Watros

Cynthia Watros

Libby (Season 2, recurring otherwise)

Recurring Role

Maggie Grace

Maggie Grace

Shannon Rutherford (Seasons 1-2)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Sawyer refers to Desmond as a leprechaun. Leprechauns are Irish whereas Desmond is Scottish.

    • Elizabeth Mitchell filmed the hospital scenes on her birthday in the early hours and the cast and crew had a small celebration for her (March 27th).

    • As Hurley is pulling into Charlie's motel with Sayid, a man walking his dog cross the driveway in front of them. The dog is Jack Bender's adopted dog Lulu, who has appeared in 6 episodes.

    • The box Christian Shephard's coffin was transported in has stickers displaying the following airport codes: BMN (Bamerny Airport, Iraq), GUM (A.B. Won Pat International Airport, Guam), HKG (Hong Kong International Airport, China), and LAX (Los Angeles International Airport).

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jack: Desmond, you've done enough. You want to do something? Go home and be with your wife and son.

      Desmond: But what about you Jack?

      Jack: I'll see you in another life, brother.

    • Miles: (Working on the plane.) I don't believe in a lot of things, but I do believe in duct tape.

    • Locke: (As they were lowering Desmond into the light pool.) This remind you of anything, Jack?

      Jack: What?

      Locke: Desmond ... going down into a hole in the ground. If there was a button down there to push, we could fight about whether or not to push it. It'd be just like old times.

      Jack: You're not John Locke. You disrespect his memory by wearing his face, but you're nothing like him. Turns out he was right about most everything. I just wish I could've told him that while he was still alive.

      Locke: He wasn't right about anything, Jack. And when this island drops into the ocean, and you drop with it, you're finally gonna realize that.

      Jack: Well, we'll just have to see which one of us is right, then.

    • Kate: Why did you take the job, Jack?
      Jack: Because I was supposed to.
      Kate: Why? Because some stranger wrote our names on a wall?
      Jack: I took it because the island's all I've got left. It's the only thing in my life I haven't managed to ruin.
      Kate: You haven't ruined anything. Nothing is irreversible.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The episode received the 2010 Emmy for "Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series".

      The episode further received 4 Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series", "Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)", "Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)" and "Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series".

      Elizabeth Mitchell was also nominated for "Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series" for her work as Juliet Burke in this episode.

    • This was the longest running episode of LOST at 103 minutes.

    • Vincent appears for the first time since "The Incident, Part 1", an absence of 17 episodes.

    • Though credited, Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) does not appear in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates: Canada: May 23, 2010 on CTV Turkey: May 24, 2010 on DiziMax/Digiturk Spain: May 24, 2010 on Fox and Cuatro United Kingdom: May 24, 2010 on Sky1 Italy: May 24, 2010, on Sky/FOX Portugal: May 24, 2010 on FOX Spain: May 24, 2010 on FOX and Cuatro (O.V.) Latin America: May 25, 2010 on AXN Australia: May 26, 2010 on 7 Ireland: May 27, 2010 on RTÉ TWO Netherlands: May 28, 2010 on NET 5 Finland: June 10, 2010 on Nelonen Norway: June 23, 2010 on TVNorge Germany: July 7, 2010 on FOX Sweden: July 21, 2010 on TV4 Czech Republic: July 26, 2010 on AXN


    • Star Wars:
      Hurley utters the phrase, "I have a bad feeling about this," which is a phrase used in all of the Star Wars movies.