617 – The End – The Afterlife

The Afterlife

Lost may be over, but the writers did a good job making sure we never stopped talking about it.  The biggest conversation piece will no doubt be the Flashsideways.  I’ll bet there will be some seriously wacky theories about it, and we’ll be debating it for a long time to come.

Here’s what I think they are: I believe it’s the Afterlife created by the characters subconscious to help them deal with the mistakes of their past life and find peace about what happened to them.

I don’t think time exists the same way it did in the real world.  Saying they lived a whole life in that universe is wrong and nonsensical, it’s more like an unending lucid dream and not a reality.  I don’t really believe that the Afterlife actually existed before the Oceanic 815 scenes in the season premiere.  I’m sure many people will disagree with me.  But it’s kinda like in a dream, you jump into a dream and it’s not like it’s a blank room and things just appear as you think of them, some things are already there and you can’t change them.  (Good god, I can’t believe that made sense to me.  Oh well.)

I don’t think there’s a ‘when’ to this universe.  Obviously it occurred after they died, but it’s not like it happened immediately after the last one of them died. (That’s hard to comprehend, but I promise it makes sense to me).

How the Afterlife exists is a valid question, but it doesn’t have an answer.  It’s kinda like asking how life exists.  We just have to accept that in the Lost universe there is an Afterlife and this is what it looks like.

The purpose of the Afterlife is a lot easier to define.  They go to this place to get over their problems from the real world.  For example Jack had some serious daddy issues.  He certainly never got over those during his life (he might have gone around them, but he certainly didn’t overcome them).  So his subconscious created this world where he had his own son and he was treating his kid like his father treated him.  He had to get over that and make up for it.  If you watch every flashsideways over again you’ll see all the characters working against their flaws.  They’re each faced with similar situations as the last life and they have to remake those decisions.

That flashes were a very fun moment.  At the time when the characters connect with their partners or friends they flash and become aware of the Afterlife.  Then they choose to let go of their past mistakes and their past life and fade away.

What happens after the flashes?  I think that’s up to each of us.  Some people might like to think that they go to heaven or somewhere else.  I like to think that they just go away, out of existence, into nothingness

What do you think the Flashsideways were?  I would love to have a poll, but I don’t think that would work.

Note: Again, I’m trying not to go too far into each characters experience I’ll do that later.

– izi


6 Responses to “617 – The End – The Afterlife”

  1. May 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I agree with you – they were created by the characters. I like your point about Jack and his son, I didn’t think of that.

  2. 2 Sarah
    May 25, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Ok I agree as well but what was up with the plane wreckage at the end with no people around? Were they suggesting that everyone died in the crash? Because why was Aaron there? The other people would have died long before him, did it really take them that long to find eachother and why was he reverted into a child?

    • May 25, 2010 at 9:15 am

      I don’t think that scene meant anything, it wasn’t even aired in most places. I’m just ignoring it.
      In the Afterlife there is no when. This didn’t happen in 2007 or 2043 or at any time in reality. It happened after they died, that’s all that really matters. As for Aaron, he was kinda like Jack’s son, he was there to help the others come to terms with their past lives. I don’t think that baby was Aaron. Maybe if the Afterlife is a real thing in that universe then he’ll go there with other people, his peers.

  3. May 26, 2010 at 10:42 am

    into nothingness

    that is so bleak!!

    I think they went away to a ‘happy island’ and were happy ever after.
    Look at their beaming faces — would you be that happy to sink into oblivion?? And I’m not referring to hitting the pillow after a long day! 😉

    I like to think they’ve all made it to their own Lost-ian Pair-a-Nice.

    WHAT IS THIS ABOUT PLANE WRECKAGE?? and Aaron — baby or kid?? beside some wreckage??

    See that was my 1st reaction — that maybe they died in the crash and both places were psychological constructs — what is this lady on about??

    • May 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm

      Aaron wasn’t by the wreckage. She was asking, why was Aaron in the Afterlife. I’m still totally ignoring the wreckage scene. The producers said it was stock footage that they put in there to ease the viewer into the following program, so it wouldn’t be Jack closing his eyes straight into “Tonight of Komo4 news.”
      Think about the insanity of that theory: Lost is a story of two successive Afterlifes. And Christian says, “The most important part of your life was the time you spent with these people.” It was part of their life.

  4. 6 mins
    May 31, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    The sideways was, in a way, a ‘forward wasn’t it? The story ran parallel to island time(to confuse us) but it is about after they died.

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