Was it the "This Place is Death?" ending? Yes, and no. The Island is the spot on the Earth where THE choice free will boils down to has its ultimate waterloo. Unleash hell, or operate by faith and trust that life will give you every chance you need, even in death. It is again referred to as a "God-forsaken rock," and in the world of the dead, it is underwater, left cold and dead itself. Several people did die there. But we can assume that the Island goes on for millennia under Hurley's leadership, doing what it has always done - providing a haven for lost souls to be born again. What I doubt is whether these souls any longer find themselves in the middle of "the game" between the Island protector and the soul of his evil brother over whether humans are basically good or basically evil. And no, it was never lost on me or any of you how the Man in Black was the one who espoused the prevailing Christian view that people are prone to sin, fighting, and destruction.

 

Was it the Jack's Eye ending? Yes, and no. It wasn't a reboot. There were no multiple timelines. Jack told Desmond that he tried once before to undo the past, but he was wrong. There are second chances, but there's no changing the past. Instead, this version of the Jack's Eye ending completed the circuit. Or as Darth Vader might say, "The circle is now complete." Speaking of which, that Star Wars reference the producers had referenced? Turns out it was a double-shot. Not only did Hurley say Jacob was "worse than Yoda" for his cryptic instruction giving (and hey - too bad we never got to see Jacob disappear before the Candidates), but he also pulled out the old chestnut, "I've got a bad feeling about this…"

 

Was it the kum-ba-yah coffee shop / (God is) Love ending? Yes, and no. I am so glad they took it to the church instead of the coffee shop. But other than that it was so similar to how I imagined it. Friends embracing. Conversations. Happiness. Connectedness. And good ol' down-home soulmate love. Jack and Kate (told you guys she loved him). Sawyer and Juliet (their memory-activation scene was the bomb). Hugo and Libby. What did you think about Sayid and Shannon? I know some folks were bothered this wasn't Nadia, but as I mentioned earlier, I tend to think Shannon was the one who truly accepted Sayid for what he was, and saw only the good side of his qualities - that he is a warrior, a protector, a strongman to make the bad man go away, the like to which we should all be so lucky to have watching our backs. I wonder if everything about Sayid made Shannon feel safe, while perhaps those same things always gave Nadia bit of uneasiness, as they did when the LAPD came knocking on her door.

 

Ben comes to see everyone off, partly because he has to apologize to Locke (Locke rocks the Forgiveness on Ben, which he says helps him very much) for his selfishness and jealousy, and partly because he is saying good-bye to Hurley, with whom he got to share what was no doubt a lot of excellent adventures during their time protecting the Island. He doesn't go in, he says, because he has some things to work out. I choose to believe he is talking about Love, something which Ben Linus didn't experience much of in life, and something which we know he has now been given the chance to know in Death, having found Rousseau and Alex. I like to think he spends several years with them before he helps them undergo their own awakenings so they too can move on.

 

But what about the babies? Claire births Aaron, and brings him with her to the church. Sun is pregnant with Ji Yeon. But Little Charlie - Desmond and Penny's son - is not there. My first thought about all this was jotted down on a notepad during my second viewing of the finale, right at the part where Kate helped Claire birth Aaron - again. My notes read, "Life in / amid / out of death? Births and love? And at the Natural History Museum? Poetic." And what I think I meant by this was that the symbolism of life occurring in death might be just as natural as death occurring as a integral part of life. Science and nature and the empiricists tell us that you can't have life without death, and that this process has been occurring since we crawled out of the ooze. So again, LOST makes room in one image for all sides, all views. I don't know if someone being born into the DeadWorld signifies that this person - Aaron in this example - just died in their real life. Ji Yeon, in this explanation, would apparently be nearing her own death, soon to be born to Sun and Jin. I like that idea, but…