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The Top 5 Unexplained Mysteries of LOST

BY The Screen Spy Team

Published 5 years ago

By Roxanne Sancto

One of the main reasons Lost was - and continues to be - so popular is that its story development puts forward more questions than it does answers. As it progresses, storylines become more complex and the mysteries only seem to intensify as the past and present begin to merge. There is so much information to absorb it becomes difficult at times to follow the rules of the island game without missing important cues.

After six seasons, it got to a point where there were more questions than there were episodes left to clarify the many mysteries of the island and the people it brought together.

While show creators J.J Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber and Damon Lindelof managed to explain enough to wrap the show up nicely, there are still a few questions burning on our minds. Here are our top five unexplained mysteries on Lost.

How did the Black Smoke Monster first originate?

The mystery of the Black Smoke Monster had us on the edge of our seats for quite a number of seasons until we learned that it was a form taken on by The Man in Black after his brother Jacob pushed him into The Heart of the Island. Up until this point, we understand that he uses the system of scanning people’s memories and personalities to judge them and distinguish whether they are “good” or “bad”.

But how did this “system” first come to be? We are pretty certain that the first person to have taken on the form of the Black Smoke was Mother. Was she pushed into The Heart of the Island too? Would that not have implied her demise? And how exactly do people who come in contact with The Source morph into the “island’s security system”?

It is said that the Black Smoke Monster was created by the islands first inhabitants in order to guard The Temple and the island itself. But how was it possible for these people to create such an advanced system? And how are others (MIB, Mother) able to take on these abilities and, more importantly, how can they be trusted to perform their task if their intentions do not match those of the current residents?

When The Man in Black killed Mother, her last words to him were “thank you”, which heavily implies that she too wanted to leave the island or, at the very least, give up the responsibility of being its protector (and the island’s security system?). The Man in Black has been wanting to leave the island for centuries so, obviously, he did everything in his power to make it happen. How is it then, that the island would allow an individual who does not have its best interest at heart to morph into the very system designed to keep its most important locations secure?

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