Originally Posted by APBTlover
I'm still lost.
Yeah, I totally cried and felt all bittersweet and moved by the ending, BUT... I'm still not sure how I feel about it in the context of the show. I still don't even have it figured out exactly. Chiefly: what WAS the "flash sideways"?? Were they all dead? Huh? That makes no sense.
On the ABC boards a lot of people are going on that everyone died in the crash. I do feel confident that CANNOT be the case, if for no other reason than what Christian said ("...Some before you, some long after you"). But that's about the only point I'm confident about.
Yes, they were all dead in the flash sideways. It was a joint figment of their imagination. It was a way for them to find each other after death.
The island was real. When the people died in the crash, they died. When Shannon and Boone died, they died. We saw Jack's death at the end. We assume that Kate, Sawyer, Frank, Miles, Richard and Claire got off the island, but at some point in time they died too (hence the reference to everyone dying sometime). Even Hurley and Ben, who apparently took care of the island for a long time, died eventually.
So yea. That was the whole finale. Everyone is dead. They found each other in the not quite afterlife and now they're moving on.
I'm not completely impressed. All the mysteries of the island, which were what I found most compelling, are left unsolved. And the only happy ending that we saw the characters having was imagined by them in the flash sideways/afterlife.