According to Lost showrunners, the island on the show was never supposed to be purgatory. The survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 were originally survivors and died at some point during their journey.
It has been 10 years since the show’s premier aired, and four years since the finale split the viewers. Some believed it supported their claims the whole time, while others felt cheated that there was never quite the happy ending they wanted. However, the characters did eventually go to heaven, and that is what the finale scene in the church was supposed to depict.
Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof decided that the Los Angeles PalyFest 2014 was the perfect time to share the truth about the ending to the show, along with the meaning behind the island. The whole plane crash and survival was supposed to be a metaphor for those who felt lost in their life and needed to feel like they have a purpose. During the show, the group of stranded survivors went from lives in the “real world” where they just did not quite fit in to finally having something to do and a purpose for being there.
John Locke, played by Terry O’Quinn, often stated that leading the group of natives to the island—referred to as “The Others”—was his destiny. Jack Sheppard, played by Matthew Fox, believed his purpose was to lead the group to safety and get everybody off the island.
Cuse explained that the metaphor continued into the heaven scene. That scene was supposed to be the root of the belief system and showed how each character supported one another throughout the six seasons. It tried to show that the Lost island was never supposed to be purgatory.
The PaleyFest was not just a chance for the show producers to explain the meaning behind that final scene. It was a chance for the actors and actresses involved in the show to relive their best and worst moments. Many of the cast were there, including Yunkin Kim, who played Sun Kwon, and Ian Somerhalder, who played Boone Carlyle the first main character to die because he was a “sacrifice the island demanded.”
Throughout the 121 episodes, the audience would attempt to dissect each scene, but there were still some unanswered questions. The show creators admitted that some of the unanswered questions, which annoyed fans, had to be left unanswered. They would have been too boring to portray on the show. Some of those answers were penned, but were never filmed. Some of the Lost questions were left unanswered even by the writers, who decided they were stories that did not need telling. Cuse stated that those that were answered on paper may be auctioned at a later date, but now is not the time.
There are still fans who are unhappy with the way the show ended. They feel like they were cheated after so many years of being invested in the characters and their lives. However, many will be happy to know that the Lost island was officially never supposed to be purgatory, and the characters really did survive Oceanic Flight 815.
By Alexandria Ingham