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'Lost' Unsolved Mysteries: Four We Want Answered Before the Finale

by Jo Garfein, posted Apr 6th 2010 2:30PM
With only seven episodes left in the entire series, which ends with a two-hour finale on May 23, 'Lost' fans are clamoring for answers to lingering questions. Let's take a closer look at four of the unresolved mysteries that seem essential to the overall mythology.

Adam & Eve
In season 1 ('House of the Rising Sun'), Kate discovered a pair of male and female skeletons in a cave, which Locke then designated as "our very own Adam and Eve." The identity of those skeletons has yet to be revealed, but many are confident that it will be Rose and Bernard. Further fueling that theory is that the phrase "only fools are enslaved by time and space" (heard when played in reverse in the Room 23 brainwashing video) is an anagram for Bones of Nadlers May Lay Lost In Deep Cave.

With only seven episodes left in the entire series, which ends with a two-hour finale on May 23, 'Lost' fans are clamoring for answers to lingering questions. Let's take a closer look at four of the unsolved mysteries that seem essential to the overall mythology.

Adam & Eve
In season 1 ('House of the Rising Sun'), Kate discovered a pair of male and female skeletons in a cave, which Locke then designated as "our very own Adam and Eve." The identity of those skeletons has yet to be revealed, but many are confident that it will be Rose and Bernard. Further fueling that theory is that the phrase "only fools are enslaved by time and space" (heard when played in reverse in the Room 23 brainwashing video) is an anagram for Bones of Nadlers May Lay Lost In Deep Cave.

However, Jack found a set of black and white stones on the skeletons, which may be an indication that they represented opposing sides on the island; one was on Team Jacob, the other on Team Man in Black.

That Jack and Hurley came upon these skeletons again earlier this season ('Lighthouse') seems to point in the direction of imminent resolution for this particular mystery.

Desmond's Vision, Charlie's Sacrifice
In season 3 ("Greatest Hits"), Desmond told Charlie that in one of his future flashes, he saw "Claire and her baby getting into a helicopter; a helicopter that lifts off, leaves the island" but that he had to die in order for that to happen. Charlie sacrificed his life by swimming down to the Looking Glass station and unblocking the jammed communication signal, because he believed it would lead to the rescue of his friends.

Logistically speaking, it does not seem possible that we will see Desmond's vision become a reality; Claire is still on the island but son Aaron is in Los Angeles with Claire's mom.

Generation Next
We have been introduced to several of the island offspring, including Charlie Hume (Desmond), Ji Yeon Kwon (Jin and Sun), Aaron Littleton (Claire), Walt Lloyd (Michael), Clementine Phillips (Sawyer) and the arguably relevant David Shephard (Jack). Juliet's nephew Julian and Dogen's son may also be eligible, if future incarnations of Others are lured there to protect the island under the leadership of the final Candidate who replaces Jacob.

Could this next generation be destined for the island; do they represent progress? Will Jacob's replacement visit them at various points throughout their lives in order to bring them to the island to fight, destroy and corrupt, or will the collective actions of their parents end it once and for all?

Desmond on LostThe Rules
In season 4 ('The Shape of Things to Come'), Charles Widmore asked Ben if he had traveled to London to kill him, but Ben responded with, "We both know I can't do that." The "rules' about not being able to kill one another apply to Ben and Widmore and also to Jacob and the Man in Black. However, the wildcard in this game appears to be Desmond, because Daniel Faraday told him that "the rules don't apply to you."

It is important to note that Widmore is the reason why Desmond has been to the island twice. Desmond first went on a sailing race around the world, which was sponsored by Widmore Industries, in order to prove that he was worthy of Widmore's daughter Penny ... and he washed up on shore after his boat hit a major storm. In last week's episode ('The Package'), we discovered that Widmore brought Desmond back to the island on a submarine, drugged and (presumably) against his will.

Although is up for debate whether or not Flash Sideways Desmond is the one who has returned, it is safe to assume that Desmond plays a major role in the pending war between good and evil because of his immunity to the rules.

There are only a few hours of television left to wrap up the series, so 'Lost' fans who have been waiting to finally confirm the source of the Whispers or the significance of Juliet's branding may have to ponder those pieces of the puzzle with the massive online 'Lost' community who will dedicate years of their lives analyzing the same mysteries. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

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