'Lost's Best Episode, "The Constant," Has A Lot Of Explaining To Do 13 Years Later

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'Lost's Best Episode, "The Constant," Has A Lot Of Explaining To Do 13 Years Later

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My history with Lost is as long and complicated as the show’s plot. For much of its six-season run, it was my favorite show. I watched it obsessively, sometimes repeatedly, and then pored over recaps, fan theories, and websites dedicated to the show. I talked about it with my friends, made guesses about how it would end, and hoped that all of the mysteries so lovingly and delicately laid out over so many episodes would come to a nice, neat finish with everything explained. I wanted the universe to make sense, for it all to come together.

Sadly, this never happened, and — as it happens with divorce and band breakups — things got complicated when we fell out of love. I felt so betrayed by the ending (spoiler alert: they were in heaven) that I’m still mad about it. Many were unhappy about the way Game of Thrones (the next show I became completely obsessed with) ended, and, though I was disappointed, I didn’t feel like I had been betrayed. The breakdown of my love for Lost was so bad that when my nephew told me recently he was thinking of bingeing the series during lockdown, I told him, “Don’t waste your time. It doesn’t pay off in the end.”

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