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'Lost' Series Fan Questions

What We're Still Wondering

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'Lost' Series Fan Questions
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There were many Lost questions that were never answered in the series. Co-executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse left things open so that we could further discuss the show. Whether you like that approach or hate it, let's come up with a list of questions and theorize about their possible answers. Post any of your questions that are not listed here in the Unanswered Lost Questions form and I will add them to this list. Then we'll discuss them one by one and come up with the most likely, plus other possible answers.
    The Island
  • Was the island real?
    Discussion / Answer
  • What was special about the water in the Temple pool and where did it come from? Why was it murky when Sayid was dunked in it?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Why is the island so mysterious and why is it hidden? Why do you have to follow certain coordinates to find it? And how can it move? What makes it move?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Mother said it to Jacob and Jacob said it to Jack, "You are like me now." I think that has some significance because how can one woman take out a civilization by herself, fill up a well, and leave fire in her wake. Can the protector of the island change into something else?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Why did Hugo have to protect the island after Jack was gone? Since the Man in Black was dead, what was he protecting the island from?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Seeing the island under water in the season 6 premiere was a shocker, but it was never answered why. We know that because of the foot statue, it went under water sometime after Richard came to the island, and the Dharma Barracks were there so it had to be the 70's at least. How/Why was the island under water?
    Discussion / Answer
  • What would have happen if Locke (the black smoke) would have gotten off the island?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Who made the cork Jack reinserted (Ep: 6x17, The End), and what is the story of its creation?
    Discussion / Answer
  • How, why, and when was the island formed?
    Discussion / Answer
  • In the final episode, how did Lapidus know the coordinates to get off the island if the island moved from season 4? Also, we never knew if they got off the island. Did they?
    Discussion / Answer
    The Island's Protector
  • How did Jacob set into motion the plane crash? In other words, how did he see to it that the numbers would fail to be entered causing the magnetic force that pulled the plane out of the sky?
    Discussion / Answer
  • When the guardian of the island changes, the rules can be changed, right? That's what Ben told Hurley. So why couldn't Jacob and the Man in Black kill each other after their mother was killed? This rule was made by her.
    Discussion / Answer
  • In episode 1x24, Exodus Part 2, Locke told Jack, "We were brought here for a purpose, for a reason, all of us. Each one of us was brought here for a reason." What was that reason?
    Discussion / Answer
    The Main Characters
  • Who was the candidate, Sun, Jin, or Ji Yeon?
    Discussion / Answer
  • When the Oceanic 6 went back to the island, why did some flash back to the 70s, while some didn't?
    Discussion / Answer
  • What was the deal with Walt? What was special about him? And if he was so special, why were Walt and Michael almost completely absent from the finale?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Who was shooting at the Losties in the outrigger just before they time traveled?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Why or what made it possible (or impossible) for certain characters such as Michael to kill himself?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Ben did not go into the church with the others. Does this mean he was evil and could not go into the light with the others, or somehow or other, he is still alive and could not enter?
    Discussion / Answer
  • How long was it between the time Jack died and the gathering at the church in the flash-sideways?
    Discussion / Answer
  • When did the flash-sideways start?
    Discussion / Answer
  • How and why did Jacob visit the Losties before the crash of Flight 815?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Why would Jack concoct the after life scenario of being married to Juliet and have this fictional son with her in the waiting tunnel to the afterlife, if the love of his life that he yearns to spend eternity with is Kate?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Why was Kate wearing different clothes in the church at the end? When she was with Jack and they drove to the church, she was still wearing the black dress that Desmond had given her, but inside the church, she was wearing a blue shirt with slacks.
    Discussion / Answer
  • When did Claire get infected/claimed? And what does that mean exactly? Why did she abandon her son to follow her father off into the woods?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Why was Ji Yeon not with Jin and Sun in the finale?
    Discussion / Answer
  • In Episode 3x6, I Do, Danny Pickett was upset because Ben was letting Jack operate on him and "Shephard isn't even on Jacob's list." Why wasn't Jack on the list?
    Discussion / Answer
  • In a flashback in episode 4x6, The Other Woman, Juliet talks to the Dharma Initiative psychologist, Harper Stanhope. Harper asks her thoughts about Ben and Juliet says, "He's been really good to me." Under her breath, Harper says, "Of course he has, you look just like her." Who was she talking about? Who did Juliet look like?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Throughout the seasons, Sayid kept saying Nadia was the love of his life. So why did he get re-united with Shannon with whom he only had a short relationship (admittedly she was killed)?
    Discussion / Answer
  • How did Desmond become the uniting force behind getting the survivors together in the flash-sideways? And who created this flash-sideways world?
    Discussion / Answer
  • The point of the flash-sideways was for the characters to reunite and move on together. So what was the point of the flash-sideways storylines (i.e. Keamy kidnapping Jin, Jack finding Anthony Cooper, etc.)?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Richard tells Sun he saw Jin and the other time travelers die in the past, he remembers it clearly (Ep: 5x15, Follow the Leader). Yet they return to the present alive. How is this possible?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Why was Walt so afraid of the hatch?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Why was Hugo's nickname "Hurley"?
    Discussion / Answer
  • In the first encounter between Desmond and Eloise in episode 3x8, Flashes Before Your Eyes, were they in the afterlife? Eloise sought to keep Desmond apart from Penny in that episode, just as she did in the sideways timeline, and we know the latter was the afterlife. Did she do this because Desmond would have discovered where he really was if he tried to change the past and marry Penny?
    Discussion / Answer
    Secondary Characters
  • What happened to Ben's childhood friend Annie? Did she perish during the purge? Discussion / Answer
  • What did Widmore say to Fake Locke before he was killed by Ben, and what was Widmore's goal in returning to the island?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Desmond Hume plays a significant role in Lost as his consciousness was able to leap back and forth. This ability was attained by his actions resulting in the implosion of the hatch. Eloise Hawking seemed to have the same ability, as seen in episode 3x8, Flashes Before Your Eyes as she explains to Desmond that his destiny follows a path, and is not able to change in the final outcome. "The universe has a way of course correcting." How did Eloise attain this ability?
    Discussion / Answer
  • What happened to Christian's body when 815 crashed? Was Smokey impersonating Christian when we see him apparently alive after the crash? Whose side was Christian on? When he appeared off the island, was he a ghost? Why was he so important to the story?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Why wasn't the Man in Black able to leave the island and how was Jacob able to? Why did Mother and Jacob want to keep Man in Black on the island?
    Discussion / Answer
  • What is Ilana's story? How did Ilana get close to Jacob? She knew so much about things, like Jacob looking for candidates. When he visited her in the hospital, he wore gloves so he would not directly touch her. She cried about his death. What is her history?
    Discussion / Answer
  • In episode 6x15, Across the Sea MIB said he came up with a system that would allow him to use the wheel to harness the power of the light to leave. How did he know all this? What gave him the littlest idea that the light was going to teleport him to elsewhere in the world, when he was never sure if anything else was across the sea?
    Discussion / Answer
  • When young Ben saw a vision of his mother (Ep: 3x20, The Man Behind the Curtain), was that a manifestation of MIB or was it of Jacob? When young Ben told Richard what he saw, Richard was obviously intrigued. Later when young Ben was shot, Richard overruled Widmore and took Ben to the temple.
    Discussion / Answer
  • Why was Libby in a mental institute?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Richard knew the smoke monster/MIB was evil after he'd met Jacob. As the adviser to the Others, I'm wondering if he is the one that told Ben how to summon the smoke monster to attack the mercenaries and also to be "judged". Why would Richard do so if he knew the smoke monster was evil? How else would Ben come by the knowledge to summon the smoke monster if not by Richard? Also we know that the various "lists" that came from Jacob did not come from Ben but probably vis a vis Richard.
    Discussion / Answer
  • If Richard is suppose to advise people to do the right thing, why did he condone and participate in the purge?
    Discussion / Answer
  • As powerful and PO'ed as Radzinsky was, why and when did he shoot himself in the Swan Station?
    Discussion / Answer
    Miscellaneous Questions
  • What is the story with the cabin?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Who built the statue?
    Discussion / Answer
  • What's the deal of Dharma Initiative? We know that the Dharma Initiative was founded in the 70s, and then the Others took over (by killing all of them). So what happened to them afterward? Does this organization only operate on the island or it has branches all over the world? Did they know many of their members were murdered on that island? What's the deal between them and the Others afterward?
    Discussion / Answer
  • What happened when the Ajira plane got back to L.A.? Most of the passengers died, you had people from the Oceanic 6 (Kate), as well as people that were not on the roster (Richard). With Ben or Widmore not there to cover it up how could this be explained to the world when the plane lands?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Who was the musician who programed the signal jamming code in the Looking Glass?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Was the white flash after Juliet hit the bomb (Ep: 5x16, The Incident) the nuke exploding, or was it the bright flash of electromagnetic release, like when Desmond turned the fail safe key in the hatch? If the site of the future Swan station exploded in 1977, who built the Swan/Hatch that Desmond inhabited in 2004? Did Pierre Chang survive to film future orientation materials for Dharma?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Why did the monster take people away and kill them? It looked like it was judging their past, for instance with Eko, but that wasn't always the case. What was his purpose in killing? Was it simply out of evil, or something different? If it was to get rid of potential candidates, then why not kill them all? Why leave most alive?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Why did pregnant women die on the island? And what was the Others' reason for taking the children from the survivors?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Did the Others kidnap Walt knowing that Michael would come looking for him? Did they plan to bribe him into leading the party of Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley to the Others' camp?
    Discussion / Answer
  • Do you think the Losties that escaped on the Ajira plane ever came back to visit, or do you think Hurley and Ben ever visited them? What if it was like the first time they left and they all wanted to come back again?
    Discussion
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