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Lost: Nine ways to die on The Island

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 24th 2008 11:03AM
On the last episode of Lost, we learned that the Island won't let people die. Well, some people. Michael, for instance. And we can assume the Oceanic Six--Kate, Jack, Hurley, Sun, Sayid, Aaron--experienced the same inability to die as Michael.

But a lot of people have died. Some of them are missed and some of them... not so much. And there will be a lot more deaths over the final two seasons of the series, which returns with a new episode tonight. It seemed like a good time to look back on some of the island's most notorious deaths. And the strange manners in which characters died:

ana luciaGun: Despite being a deserted island, there is a heck of a lot of gun violence. It seems that everyone has a gun. The characters that died from guns are: Ethan, Ana Lucia, Libby, Mrs. Klugh, polar bear, Danny, Tom, Shannon, numerous "Others".

Drowning (unnecessarily) in an underwater station: Charlie died at the end of last season when he sacrificed himself to save Desmond in the Looking Glass station. It wasn't necessary. Charlie was in a room filling up with water and he closed himself in to keep Desmond out (Penny was on the monitor). Why didn't he step out of the room and close the door behind him?

Underwater hand grenade: We can presume that Mikhail is finally dead. In the same episode where Charlie died, he held a hand grenade under water and it exploded (causing the leak that killed Charlie). But we thought that Mikhail was dead a few episodes before that when he appeared to have a brain hemorrhage after crossing an electric fence.

Black smoke monster: So far, it appears that black smoke monster has killed at least two characters. During the series premiere, the pilot is lifted up out of the cockpit and devoured by what is presumably the black smoke monster (it just seemed like a T-Rex at the time). And, during season two, Eko was killed when he was pursuing the ghost of his brother, Yemi, through the jungle. His last words to Locke were, "You're next."

Buried alive:
Probably the most satisfying deaths on the island so far had to be those of Nikki and Paolo. These characters were added last season because the writers needed to fill some episodes with nothing-ness (I don't know why they were added to the show). One whole episode was given to Nikki and Paolo, who are very bad people in search of some diamonds they brought along on the plane. They end up in the jungle, getting bitten by spiders that paralyze them and slow their heart rates and breathing. The other survivors think they're dead and promptly bury them... alive.

lostBeaten: We didn't see it happen, but during the first season, Ethan beats survivor Steve (or was it Scott?) to death. Ethan was the Losties' first encounter with The Others. Steve was apparently on to him. All we know is that Ethan cracked his skull and "broke every bone in his body". Locke's biological father, con man Anthony Cooper, is beaten to death by Sawyer in The Black Rock (not the episode, but the ship). Locke can't bring himself to kill him, but Sawyer can do it because he's the man Sawyer has been looking for his entire life.

Goodwin pretended to be a plane crash survivor--one of the tailies. But, Ana Lucia was on to him. She figured out he was one of The Others. She pushed him onto a stake, where his body was left to be viewed later by Juliet and Jin.

lost; arztBlown to bits: Dr. Leslie Arzt was a character created just to die in a spectacular manner. He really only appears in one episode and then is in flashbacks in a few other episodes. He's a ninth grade science teacher who gets to go on a mission with Jack, Kate and Hurley after complaining that he never gets to do anything exciting. As he's lecturing the Losties about proper handling of dynamite, it explodes in his hand and he's blown to bits. His death can best be remembered by Hurley's line after the explosion: "You've got Arzt on you."

Knife in the back: Locke really, really wants to stay on the Island. So when Naomi parachuted down at the end of last season, he threw a knife in her back to prevent her from calling her boat for rescue. Jack called anyway while Naomi crawled off and died.

Caught in a time loop: This season, George Minkowski was caught in a time loop on the rescue ship. We saw Desmond go through it, but he found his constant: Penny. And therefore he was able to get his brain out of a time loop. If he hadn't, he'd have suffered a brain aneurysm or whatever it was that fried George Minkowski's brain and killed him.

Plane crash: Can't forget the plane crash! It's what got everyone here in the first place. Many people died right away. Some died soon after on the beach--like the guy sucked into the engine and the U.S. Marshal who was traveling with Kate. A plane crash of sorts also killed Boone.

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Didn't Tom tell Michael that the island won't let you kill yourself? It isn't just dying in general... it's suicide, right?

April 25 2008 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Yeah I agree with Stacie. I believe that the island will not allow one who has been on the island to kill themselves off the island (i.e. Michael with car and gun & Jack about to jump off bridge) but I do not believe that someone off the island cannot be killed by another.

For instance,
George Minkowski, who apparently did visit the island, was technically off the island when he died and odds are, if Desmond did not find his constant, he would have died off the island (on the freighter) as well. Unless the frieghter's close proximity to the island is a factor to be considered (which would be stretching it) I believe that we are to understand that suicide off the island is impossible.

I also agree with everyone above that Charlie's death was REALLY unnecessary. He could have just swum out of the hole. Maybe he did feel his death was the only way to trigger the events in Desmond's vision or maybe Charlie was just sick of waiting for death... whatever the case...Charlie's death is still a sore spot for me.

April 26 2008 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We can't really assume the Oceanic Six are immortal, can we? Both times we've seen the island want to keep someone alive, it was because they "had work to do." Locke in the Purge Pit, Michael in the alley.

Maybe the O6 are being kept alive by the island, but that would be because they have "work to do," I'd think. If the island's got no use for them, they shouldnt be playing games involving jumping in front of buses.

April 24 2008 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael 8-)

You missed the Island's not wanting to kill Desmond. Presumably he should have died in the weird magnetic field/dimensional/whatever explosion of the hatch. But then he reappears naked, and with the ability to "see" flashes of the future...

April 24 2008 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mj green

And don't forget a lostie drowned in an early episode, caught by a rip tide or something. I would agree that Charlie remembered the 'prophecy' and thought this would save Claire. Thanks for remembering the poor frog. And Eko was looking at his brother, just before he got it, and his brother said, "I'm not your brother." Which makes me wonder if sweet Smokie can be a shape shifter. Cool. Could someone befriend him? THAT would be a great 'friend' to have.

April 24 2008 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Rico, we thought Mikhail was dead when he appeared to have some sort of brain hemorrhage after passing through the electronic gate to The Others' compound. Then he showed up in the Looking Glass.

And I forgot that Sawyer topped off Locke's pop with a chain!

By the way, folks, I never claimed these were the ONLY ways people have died on the Island. Just nine ways.

April 24 2008 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Stu's comment

You've just validated my point. We've thought he was dead before, but he wasn't, so what makes you presume he is now?

April 24 2008 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You only die on the island if it serves the storyline.

Otherwise, you are right, the island won't allow you to die-unless the main actors ask for more money.

April 24 2008 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sawyer didn't beat up Cooper to kill him. He strangled him with a chain.

And Goodwin broke the neck of Nathan in 'The Other 48 Hours'.

Eko killed some Others by wacking them with a rock. that could be classified as 'beat up' I guess.

The Darhma people were all gassed.

Some of the Others women die from being pregnant.

The tree frog got squished.

Skeletons in the polar bear cave...we can guess what happened to them.

So yeah...more than 9.

And how can you 'presume' Mikhail is dead? Has he ever died before when we thought he was dead?

April 24 2008 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You forgot the most badass way to die: having your neck snapped by Sayid's feet.

April 24 2008 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Charlie Conner

there may be 9 ways to die on the island, but there sure is a quick way to get of the show...and it's letters are DUI!

April 24 2008 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

More importantly about Charlie's death, is how it could have happened ?

The "window" that blew was clearly not on top on the room but halfway, and the water could only rise to the top of the hole, not any higher...
(and, why didn't he just swim out?)

April 24 2008 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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