LOST: The End is Near

(Spoiler Alert: If you have not yet watched the latest episode of LOST, do not yet read the following. However, feel free to join in the discussion after you have viewed it!)

The question of the night and early morning hours already seems to be the following – two and a half actual hours of LOST to make it through, and are we any closer plot-wise to the end?

In the few hours since the series’ next-to-last ever episode, the understanding been affirmed: there is really no way to predict how the series will end. However, that isn’t stopping anyone from trying. You’ve got Doc Jensen over at EW.com tearing apart episodes weekly as much as you’ve viewers around the world dissecting the stuff on discussion boards, official and unofficial. On the Tuesday, May 18th episode of The View, even Whoopi Goldberg couldn’t keep herself from asking Jorge Garcia (Hurley) about how it all would end – and can you really blame her? Everyone – everyone – is curious.

We’d like to thank the creators for the explanatory episode on the origin of Jacob and his place on the island, however it divided some viewers as far as relevancy. But with Sayid’s abrupt (and explosive) goodbye, as well as Sun and Jin’s tearful farewell on the submarine – however on the island, not in the world of the flash-sideways – we can’t help but wonder what it will mean for the remaining survivors of Oceanic flight 815. What about Desmond and Penny? And how exactly is Desmond so effectively working within and round the lives of the survivors throughout  their respective flash sideways realities? Charles Widmore is gone, the smoke monster/Locke wants Ben to kill more people, and Jack is going to protect the light of the island…our heads are spinning, and it’s not just because of the Kool-Aid. What will the events leading to the end all mean for quite possibly the best show on television since The Twilight Zone? (Apologies for the bias, but Rod Serling is still the business.)

The thought prevails that there are a million directions the finale could go; however, it begs to be repeated that the creators of LOST have already said that they’ve already known how the show will end since its beginning. That said, apparently there are three alternate endings (which will be viewable for the world to see on Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to LOST this coming Sunday). Perhaps the best and most logical move at this point is to wait until Sunday, stock up on snacks and beverages, and in spending the obligatory five-and-a-half hours in front of the television, say simply goodbye.

What are your thoughts about the impending end of LOST? Do you have a theory as to how it will end? Are we just too excited for it to be completely obvious?