This is a theory by Lost Blog reader Bruce:
The last 15 to 20 episodes I believe have put in place the foundation for how Lost is going to end in 3 or 4 years. The ending I foresee leaves the show with endless possibilities for character development and twists. More importantly, any great series ending needs to:
- Address the producers’ respect for the mythology of the island
- Be true to its characters
- Be original
In the simplest form, I believe that one of the more dramatic shots of the series will be the Oceanic plane traveling above the Others’ camp and passing without incident. Pretty simple. From that point, however, the storyline layering will begin. The plane is passing over the island because Desmond has not yet pressed the button. This time, however, Desmond presses the button on time, so Oceanic does not crash. Desmond presses the button on time because through a series of time travel flashback episodes over the next 3 to 4 years, we are going to see Desmond get closer and closer to the focal point of the whole show…his failure to press the button before crashing the plane.
Contrary to what many have written about Desmond’s experience in “Flashes Before Your Eyes,” Desmond was not seeing his past experiences at the same time. Instead, the producers have beautifully set up a very simple time pendulum affect. He sees into the far away past and the far away future (e.g. saving Charlie repeatedly). The pendulum is swinging, and saving Charlie has in effect become his test for something bigger. If my guess is correct, we will see Desmond continue to save Charlie’s life until Desmond realizes he does not need to save Charlie’s life in order to really…save it. See below.
The layers of the final show continue. The magic of the series ending show really starts, though, on the Oceanic flight as it passes peacefully over the island as the Others watch. If the producers are truly courageous, we will see manifestations of all the characters’ back stories come to fruition on the plane. Will you see John Locke walking? Will Boone be alive and talking with his sister? Is Kate still in custody? Are Jack and Claire talking about the death of their father and then realizing they are related? What makes this possible ending so interesting is that the producers can make us to see the characters on the plane reflect the life they led while on the island in the prior 6 or 7 seasons. What would be far more interesting, though, is if the characters remember what they experienced. The producers could creatively weave in the principles of faith and science. Almost anything is possible.
I do not know how the producers would play out this great moment. In many ways I really do not want to know…that is what makes this show so unforgettable.
But, what about Desmond? Remember, the pendulum has gone back and forth in time and now it rests on the focal point of so many lives — pressing the button before the plane crashes. You might ask if the pendulum was swinging during this time, why not tell Penelope about his duties in the hatch and the affects of the electromagnetic anomalies. I believe in a future episode he is going to do just that but she is not going to believe him until he turns up missing on the boat trip. In the show’s second greatest twist (after Locke’s “Walkabout” episode), we will see that Penelope’s last scene in the final episode of Lost Season 2 did not take place at the time of the hatch implosion, but back in time to the electromagnetic anomaly leading to the Oceanic crash.
Now Penelope is looking for the electromagnetic anomalies and Desmond will realize the benefit of giving her the “bread crumbs” to find him while the pendulum swings. What a great ending it will be to see our hero rescued by Penelope.
If the Lost producers are seeing an ending similar to this, the character story lines are endless and how they are perceived in the end are not predetermined. In other words, there is great artistic license.
If I am correct, I expect Charlie to die before the end of this season or early in the fourth. Charlie’s death will serve a critical purpose to the long term plot. Desmond met Charlie in his last flashback episode, but Charlie did not remember him on the island, despite Desmond’s hysterics on the street in front of him. This plot device makes no sense unless we find out that Charlie never meets Desmond in the future. I believe Desmond will realize that as the time pendulum swings, he does not have to save Charlie’s life every week in order to….save his life. Desmond only has to make sure the plane passes safely. In effect, Desmond will realize that Charlie is really slowing him down in getting to the point where he can reunite with Penelope.
This is really exciting.