Evangeline Lilly, a former star of the hit show Lost, says that the finale doesn’t have one interpretation and that people should instead “go to God” if they want the answer to life’s questions.
Lost was certainly one of the biggest pop culture hits in television history, a true force all around the world thanks to its twists, turns, and mysterious plot elements.
The finale was quite controversial on release, however, but Evangeline Lilly thinks that’s okay and that Lost’s ending had multiple interpretations for audiences to choose from. Speaking at Dragon Con, the actress said:
“For those of you who didn’t like it, you loved our show because, at the end of every week, we would leave you with a pressing and impossible mystery. It would force you to the water cooler or the dinner table, asking each other the most difficult questions in life. Usually philosophical questions, sometimes touching 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 ask 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.
“There is no one interpretation of the finale of Lost. For as many people as there are in this room, there’s 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.”
Lost is likely to always be one of those shows that divide people when it comes to its later seasons but there is no question the impact it had on the TV sphere, providing audiences with many memorable moments along the way.