Evangeline Lilly Explains The LOST Series Finale and What It's Supposed To Mean
The final episode of LOST seemed to rub a lot of people the wrong way, mostly because it didn't really answer any of the questions that they wanted to be answered. The series made such an impact on people, though, that fans are still talking about it. I'm currently watching the series again because I'm showing it to my kids and I'm loving it the second time around!
I actually never had any big issues with the finale. I felt it was a satisfying and fair conclusion to the story. I'm sure you all have different opinions on the matter, but for those of you curious to hear the ending of the series explained by Evangeline Lilly, who played Kate Austen the series, she participated in a panel at Dragon Con this past weekend and shared her interpretation of what the ending is supposed to mean.
At the convention, a fan asked Lilly if there was one thing that fans of LOST don’t know or don’t appreciate, and she used the opportunity to talk about the finale of the series. This is what she had to say:
“Well, I’m going to have to go straight to the finale. Vote of confidence, who liked the finale? [The room broke out into cheers] Who did not like the finale? [about the same amount of cheers] About 50/50. So, for those of who you didn’t like it; you loved our show, because at the end of every week, we would leave you with an impossible and pressing mystery. It would force you to the water cooler, or the dinner table, asking each other the most difficult questions. Usually philosophical questions. Sometimes questions that touched on God or religion and reality, and what it means to be human.
And then, on the finale, you sat waiting with baited breath, thinking ‘they’re gonna give us the answer.’ Well, that’s what religions do. So if you want the answer to the great big question of life, go to church, go to God, find the answer, but art…art is supposed to, every time without fail, turn the question back on you, and asks you to look at what you’re seeing, listen to what you’re hearing, experience it, and then look at it in the mirror of your soul, and figure out what it means to you.
And so there is no one interpretation of the finale of LOST. For as many people that are in this room, there are that many true, real, endings for LOST.
Because it’s just a reflection of who you are, and it’s the ultimate question being posed to you, not the ultimate answer being handed to you.”
I think she brings up some good points here. What do you think about her explanation of the ending of the series? Does it help you appreciate it a little more, or are you still bummed out that you didn't get the answers you were looking for?