15 Questions Lost Has Yet to Answer
Don't look now, but there are only a few more hours of Lost left before the series finale. Does the show have enough time left to answer all the questions it's posed since the very first season, and do the producers even want to? In advance of tonight's episode, "The Candidate," Movieline rounded up 15 burning questions Lost still has yet to resolve.
What is the flash-sideways world?
It was originally assumed that the flash-sideways world was just an alternate reality of what would have happened had Jack's bomb changed the course of history. Still, there are all sorts of hints that things in this color-desaturated timeline are not all they seem.
Likelihood of Answer: High, but it feels like it's building toward a big series finale revelation instead of one we'll get earlier.
Who are Jacob and the Man in Black?
We've gotten tantalizing hints about these two figures' backstories, and the MiB has often seen visions of young boys in the jungle, taunting him. Could these be childhood versions of Jacob and the MiB? Who is the MiB's crazy mother? And what are they doing there in the first place?
Likelihood of Answer: High. Aside from the sideways-world, this is the biggest mystery Lost has been teasing at.
Why was Libby in the mental hospital?
Libby's season-two death was so shocking in part because the show still hadn't explained why she was briefly glimpsed as a mental patient in Hurley's flashback. Since then, it's remained a question that fans continually ask about.
Likelihood of Answer: Low. Though Libby is now a part of Hurley's flash-sideways and an answer could conceivably come there, Sideways Libby appeared to have her own reasons for the stay in Santa Rosa.
What is Charles Widmore's motive?
There's still plenty we don't know about the mysterious Widmore. Will we ever find out who he had an affair with, resulting in his exile from the island (and is that Penny's mother)? How was he able to return to the island now after its location was unknown to him for so long? And just whose side is he on, anyway?
Likelihood of Answer: High. Widmore is a major player whose agenda has been kept purposefully vague. When he declares his side in the upcoming final battle, we'll need to know why.
Who shot at the outrigger in season five?
During one of season five's nosebleed-inducing time jumps, Sawyer and his posse (including Juliet, Miles, Locke, Daniel and Charlotte) ended up in what now appears to be the show's contemporary island timeline, as proved by a then-mysterious Ajira water bottle and an outrigger on the beach. When they boarded the outrigger and went out to sea, another canoe appeared, firing at them. Juliet fired back and appeared to hit one of the faraway assailants before another time jump whisked them away.
Likelihood of Answer: High. The show seems to have caught up with this time jump. Could this spell bad news for Ben, Richard and Miles, who will probably be the characters to board the other canoe on their way to blow up the Ajira airplane? And will a scene in which they're fired upon make any sense for an audience who may have forgotten this incident from last season?
Who built the statue?
The four-toed foot statue was revealed last season to be a statue of Tawaret, and this season, we discovered that the bulk of the statue was destroyed when a tidal wave flung the Black Rock into it. Still, we don't know what it was doing there in the first place.
Likelihood of Answer: Medium. This may factor into what we have yet to learn about Jacob, or we may have to assume that it was simply built by island inhabitants that we'll never get to see.
Who are Adam and Eve?
In season one, Jack and Kate explored the caves and found two long-dead corpses, who they nicknamed Adam and Eve.
Likelihood of Answer: High. The corpses were reintroduced this season when Jack and Hurley made a stopover at the caves. It's clear that the writers want us to be pondering this question in advance of its resolution.
What is the island?
Jacob told Richard that the island is a "cork," meant to contain the Man in Black. Will we get any more of an explanation than that?
Likelihood of Answer: Medium. We'll probably learn some more about the island's history, but in the end, I expect the true nature of the island to be something that never gets a 100% explanation. It's ambiguous for a reason.
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