The 6th and final season of LOST

Today at ComicCon was “Lost” day. The two writers and the cast showed up in front of 6,500 fans to show teaser clips of Lost’s 6th and final season and (vaguely) answer some fan questions. Here’s a rundown:
– Small clips were shown from a timeline where the 815 crash never happened.
– The writers said that the timeline might have changed.
– But they were quick to also say that if they were to erase 5 seasons of plot that would be a “cheat to the viewers”.
– When asked if there will be flashbacks in season 6, the writers said that the “format will be different”.

Now, put all that together and theorize. Potential spoilers below (although I’ve been wrong before):

I believe that S6 will start off with the Oceanic 815 landing safely in LAX. The story will be split between two parallel universes: our original timeline, and a timeline where the crash never happened. Dead characters like Charlie, and Ana Lucia will be shown alive and well. It’s already confirmed that the Juliet actress will be back for a few episodes, and maybe Shannon & Boone too.

The other timeline will continue just after Jacob’s death. The surviving people from the nuclear detonation (which is what created the split of the timeline), will be transported back to 2007-8. This is what Jacob meant when he said just before he died “they are coming”.

In the other timeline, the heroes will just try to get on with their lives. Until that weird guy named Jacob tells them that things are not how they should have been. They think he’s crazy, even real-Locke thinks so too! But quickly after that the “special” people among the 815 passengers would momentarily cross over to another reality. Maybe through dreams, or other means. This is what will make them think that maybe this Jacob guy might not be so crazy after all.

These cross overs have a unique effect on the other timeline: apparitions and whispers. This is how these are going to be explained.

At the end of the season the two timelines will be merged back. But someone will have to take a decision: do you merge back to a timeline where so many people died, but have found their true self just before they died? At this point we should remember the main point of Lost, which is all about redemption and fate.

I posted the above theory on DarkUFO’s site, the biggest Lost fan site on the internet. There were many comments there from seemingly confused people by the various announcements, but when I wrote the above theory, everyone stopped commenting. There were a few saying that my theory makes sense, but they stopped commenting (so far). I feel like a party pooper. It wasn’t of course intentional, as this was simply a theory of mine. But apparently a theory that made total sense to them. Shows once more that what people want are more mysteries, not answers. It’s the answers that kill a show like this, not the added mysteries. It’s counter-intuitive for many people to realize it though.


Andreas wrote on July 25th, 2009 at 11:31 PM PST:

Ok, the cross over thing is one of the best explanations i’ve heard about the whispers mystery. But *how* do you choose your past timeline? This will be interesting to see if your theory holds.

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Eugenia wrote on July 25th, 2009 at 11:41 PM PST:

>But *how* do you choose your past timeline?

You don’t choose anything, you’re just in it. The timeline split in 1977, when the bomb blew off.

Andreas wrote on July 25th, 2009 at 11:55 PM PST:

I was talking about the merging. If I understand correctly, after the merging the heroes will have the memory of one only timeline, the one they chose to have.

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Eugenia wrote on July 25th, 2009 at 11:56 PM PST:

Well, that would happen at the end of the season, so there’s a lot of info we don’t have yet about how this would work.

well wrote on July 26th, 2009 at 2:55 AM PST:

Well one thing for sure, the [Jack, Kate, Sawyer, …] group needs to re-unite with the [Ben, Sun, Locke, …] group for the finale season. It makes no sense to keep them apart and things will get explained to us by being explained to [Jack, Kate, Sawyer, …].

Blaine wrote on July 26th, 2009 at 10:56 AM PST:

I definitely agree on your idea that questions are far more interesting than answers. That’s my opinion on why of the three Matrix movies only the first remains highly regarded, it brought up questions which people were debating for years after. Then the next movies come along and end all debate with the definite answer.
The disappointing thing is that some of the debate had much more interesting answers than those eventually in the movies.

Ishaf Mondi (Not my real name) wrote on July 28th, 2009 at 4:38 AM PST:

I hate when people say this split timeline will explain the whispers. There’s nothing to explain. The producers said a long long time ago all the voices and whispers were only ever The Others. The difference is they just kept using them after they revealed the others.

Min Sedai wrote on July 28th, 2009 at 4:43 AM PST:

One thing that I really like is that an alternative timeline explains the whispers . . . the whispers are observers/dreamers from the non-crash timeline. Last season, we suspected that the whispers came from observers from the past (which didn’t happen). This new explanation makes a lot of sense, especially because the whispers frequently say things like “what’s happening?” or repeat someone’s name like “This is Lapidus?”. Seems like it could be alternative timeline Losties viewing themselves in another dimension.

Jim wrote on July 28th, 2009 at 10:19 AM PST:

It’s a good theory. For me, the secret to Lost’s revival (after a dismal third season) was that the creators remembered that good characters are more important than a thousand questions. So, nothing will be spoiled for me if your theory proves true 🙂

Eric S wrote on July 28th, 2009 at 10:54 AM PST:

I agree about mysteries vs answers. People say they want answers but answers will never satisfy everyone and when it comes down to it its the mysteries that keep people hooked.

Without answers everyone complains that they want answers, they are sick of the mysteries. But as you say answers kill it.

As a child I read a lot of Stephen King books and I remember liking the first 2/3s but being disappointed by the last 1/3 almost always. In the first 2/3s of the books these bizarre mysteries develop and then when he starts to answer them it’s always a let-down. OK… The whispers are self-assembling machine elf aliens from another dimension.

It’s hard to not have answers, but I’d personally rather not have answers than have less than satisfactory ones. Maybe I’d rather not have answers at all. There would be mini-geek riots if Lost didn’t answer some major mysteries, but the show would go down in history as a great show and people would speculate about it for years. If they give subpar answers it will end up in the dustbins with shows that did similar things like Twin Peaks.

warplayer wrote on July 28th, 2009 at 4:52 PM PST:

The producers/writers are going to make us believe exactly what they want… and then they will pull the rug out under us.

Personally, I think the concurrent time line thing sort of makes sense, but is a really lame idea, especially by LOST standards.

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