The third scene was an example of one that came straight out of a conversation in the writer's room - Hurley and Miles in a 1977 Dharmaville house debating the realities and paradoxes of time travel. Classic, funny stuff. Ultimately, they realized that Hurley would be the voice for the audience on this one, and he would need to come up with a poser that stumped Miles (this was the question of why adult Ben, whom they captured in the Swan in Season Two, would not remember that big bad Iraqi who shot him when he was a child. As we know, this was answered via Richard taking Ben to the Temple's healing pool and telling Kate and Sawyer that young Ben "would remember none of this.")

 

The fourth scene was the clip from the finale, and we'll get to that at the end…

 

Here's a list of the highlights, in no particular order. For the record, I don't consider any of these items "spoilers," because after all, they came directly from the show's production team itself just prior to the finale (as if they want to ruin that for anyone). But if you want to go into Sunday knowing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, turn away now. I promise nothing below this line is going to be something you go away wishing you didn't know, but some people are weird about that and need to click here instead.

 

TURNING AWAY? NO? OKAY, ON WE GO.

 

 

Coolest Reveals

 

One audience member asked a question about the first time Jack and Desmond met running the stadium steps in Los Angeles, you know, the one where "See ya in another life, brotha" originated. This fan had long believed that another line from that conversation, the one where Desmond told Jack, "You've gotta lift it up, brotha," was somehow cosmically significant. Was it? Would it still come into play? Upon hearing the question my co-workers and I groaned a bit, because after all, surely Desmond was merely talking about Jack's sprained ankle back in that scene, telling him he had to elevate it (lift it up). Right? Wrong! The coy answer the producers gave this questioner? "Um, you will know more. You're definitely not going to be disappointed in the finale…"

 

Malcolm David Kelley will be appearing as Walt in the finale! (Even though they joked that Kelley was now 39 years old).

 

Was Widmore really visited by Jacob off-island after the freighter was destroyed? In my recap of "What They Died For" yesterday, I made the case that for several reasons, yes, I believe Charles is telling the truth. But when the producers were questioned about Widmore's motives "now that he's dead," Damon Lindelof gave a very interesting answer. He said that on LOST, we can only assume something happened if they actually showed it to us with a scene. Otherwise, what reason would we have to believe the words of a character they had previously shown us was selfish and untrustworthy? This one made me think. It still makes more sense to me that Widmore was visited by Jacob. How'd he suddenly get back to the island after years of trying? Where'd he get his "list" of candidates? How did he know about the war that was coming to the island, and that there was a "wrong side" that might win? How did he know to bring Desmond? While those are all great questions that still put me in the camp of "yes, Jacob visited Charles," the implication that simply cannot be overlooked from Lindelof's cryptic answer is that Charles - though unafraid of dying like Smokey inferred - is still acting selfishly. His true motives for bringing Desmond back might have had nothing to do with being a failsafe or one final level of protection put in place by Jacob. Following that line of thinking, then, it is quite probable that Jacob never visited Widmore, and therefore Smokey has been given wrong information about Des - information that might backfire on him!