Sure, not every single question was answered, but you can at least use a reasonable theory to explain all of the big ones, and that works for me. With all the garbage near the middle of the show, the writers kind of wrote themselves into a corner. Yeah, they probably had to walk all over a few of their words to get out, but they tread carefully and were able to leave most of their previous work undisturbed.
And yes, I've also heard several theories as to what actually happened and what everything actually meant. So as not to post any spoilers on the front page, I'm putting them after the jump. Also, more Evangeline Lilly:
So when it ended, after Little George and I had sat and stared at the TV for the requisite five minutes, we tried to break it down. If you haven't watched the show, don't know how it ends, and ever plan on watching it, stop reading right now. If you want our analysis, here's what we got:
- The original timeline is what actually happened. It makes sense, especially with the notion that you can't go back in time and change something once it's already happened. So yes, there actually is an island with incredibly strange properties and a glowing light that can all be explained by just saying "electromagnetism" to anyone who asks. After Oceanic 815 crashed, there was a group of people that survived and lived on the island. Some left and then came back. The island wasn't purgatory.
- The second timeline never happened, at least not in the "actually happened on planet earth" sense. The second timeline takes place after everyone has died and consists of only dead people, and people who never actually existed in the first place, like Jack's son. Some people died on the show, and some people died long after the show ended.
- When Hurley and Ben were talking outside the church ("You were a great #1....You were a great #2...), we saw that after Jack died, Hurley and Ben spent time as the protectors of the island. Eventually, as will happen to everyone, they died. So did the people who left the island on the repaired Ajira plane. Once everyone was dead, they were all placed in this separate timeline so that they could go chill and get freaky with each other in the afterlife. Maybe my orgy theory wasn't so far off. I just never thought that the they-all-die-and-there's-an-orgy parlay would have ever paid out.
- When they all met up at the church at the end, some people -- Michael, Ana-Lucia, Ben -- weren't there. They were the ones who weren't moving on to bigger and better places, because they were evil. To start with, they were all murderers -- Michael killed Ana-Lucia and Libby, Ana-Lucia killed Shannon, and Ben killed Locke and the entire Dharma Initiative. The scene with Ben and Hurley talking is Ben coming to grips with the fact that deep down, he's done some horrible, horrible things. He may have ended up on the right side of the fight, but in the end, the fact is that he, at one point, basically committed genocide. That's not gonna fly with the big man.
So those are the basics that we got out of it. If anyone has any different interpretations, go ahead and post them. Like I said before, the finale answered most of the questions I had, although, if this explanation is the one I'm subscribing to, I still don't really get why Hurley/Ben needed to protect the island after the smoke monster had been killed. Maybe one of you gets this. Or has an even better explanation for how to interpret the ending. But until then...I'll see you in another post, brotha.