Lost star explains show’s ending eight years later
EVANGELINE Lilly has given her take on the controversial Lost ending which aired back in 2010.
The finale was labelled by Rolling Stone as one of the worst TV show endings of all time for its failure to tie up so many loose ends.
"When the time came for this sprawling sci-fi mystery about aeroplane-crash survivors stranded on a mystical island to cough up the answers to its countless questions, Lost largely baulked," Rolling Stone wrote.
"But as frustrating as that was … the series finale committed a far worse crime: It revealed that the 'flash-sideways' storyline, in which the main characters lived in an alternate world where they'd never crashed on the Island, was some kind of corny new-age afterlife. In other words, half of what the audience had spent the final episodes watching literally never happened."
But one of the show's main stars, Evangeline Lilly, disagrees. The actor who played Kate Austen in Lost was asked about the finale during an appearance at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia, and she asked people in the crowd to put their hands up if they liked the show's ending.
Only half raised their hands.
"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," the Canadian actor, 39, said.
"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 bated 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."