LOST’s Michael Emerson gives his take on the series’ polarizing finale
Whether you love it or hate it, I think we can all agree that Lost is one of the most polarizing shows of all time. Opponents of the series would say there are too many unanswered questions and a general lack of clarity regarding the narrative.
Specifically, the last episode and the end of the series as a whole has been met with much criticism with fans complaining that it didn’t tie up all the loose ends and about the idea that all the characters were dead the entire time, even though this is a common misconception.
Over the weekend, Lost alumnus Michael Emerson, who played the enigmatic Benjamin Linus on the show in an award-winning performance, attended the annual Walker Stalker Convention at the Georgia World Congress Center where he offered his perspective on the ending of the hit ABC show during a panel hosted by ComicBook.com‘s Brandon Davis.
“The one thing I’m sure of on the show is that everything you saw happen on the island really happened,” Linus said. “Let’s call that the first five seasons. All of that is real.”
He then addressed the ‘flash sideways’ element of the show that was introduced in season 6.
“The ending is way in the future. Years, centuries, millenia have past,” Emerson said. “We’re in an anti-chamber to the hereafter, to eternity, if you will. All the characters on the show have come here to celebrate the end of life. They’re all gonna pass through to a happy afterlife. Just as in a Shakespeare, everybody goes two by two. It’s couples. That’s because, I think, by the rules of LOST, you can only pass into heaven (if you want to call it that) with a mirror redeemer. With someone who has loved you without reservation. For yourself.”
He continued by saying, “Everybody had that, I think, except for Benjamin Linus. That’s why he can’t go. That’s why he has to wait. He needs to find his mirror redeemer.”
So, Emerson’s ideas are consistent with those of the creators: everything that happened on the island actually happened. They weren’t dead the whole time. When we see the characters together in a church at the end, it’s at an undisclosed time in the future after they have all lived out their respected lives and died at different times and in different places.
Even with all the explanations provided, though, there’s no doubt people will speculate about the show’s mysteries for years to come.