A primer on how to decode LOST

“316” is the title of episode 7 from the 5th season of “Lost” that returns on TV this coming January. But what does it mean? “Lost” is full of such puzzles of course, and that’s its whole beauty. Now, there are two ways to go at the problem. We can either take the 316 number as a number, or as a meaning.

If were to take the 316 as a number, we need to find a formula to fit it in the 4 8 15 16 23 42 numbers, as these are the mysterious numbers that every Lost fan learned to love. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a formula about it. If we take the numbers as a meaning instead, and searching on Google for it, doesn’t return anything of value.

Maybe some back-reading would help. Episode 6 is called “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”. This is John Locke’s story under the pseudonym of “Jeremy Bentham”, after he came back to civilization from the island and had to conceal his true identity. During that episode, we see how Locke is killed (this is not a spoiler, we already know he’s dead, and in a coffin).

So, what if we try to see the 316 number with a religious subcontext? Religion won’t be the first time Lost is using it for its puzzles. So, this is what John 3:16 says in the Bible:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

So I think that this episode has to do with the resurrection of John Locke, back in the island. Besides, the actor still has a contract with the show. 😉

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