But I will give you a tease. Next week's column serves as an elaborate prelude to my ''Final Theory of Lost,'' which I will reveal in detail the week of Jan. 25. However, earlier this week, I was interviewed for GQ.com by Dan Fierman, an ace writer and editor, big-time Lost fan, good friend, and former colleague here at EW. In our e-mail chat, Dan asked me for my prediction of how Lost would end. Below, you'll find an excerpt of my theory. Enjoy, mull, and mock if you wish but please, join me back here next week for more.
DOC JENSEN'S FINAL THEORY OF LOST: A PREVIEW
I think all of Lost has been driven by three separate, intertwined, competing conspiracy plots: 1. The Man In Black's plot to kill Jacob in order to achieve a greater result the destruction of the Island; 2. Jacob's attempt to subvert that plot and preserve the Island by grooming Locke as his replacement; 3. Ghost Christian's beyond-the-grave bid to reconcile with and save his son, Jack. By ''save'' I don't mean ''rescue Jack from the Island.'' I mean Christian wants to save Jack from the same self-destruction that destroyed him; put another way, he's staging a fantastical life intervention for his boy.
In an upcoming Doc Jensen column, I'll explain all of this in more detail. But regardless of my crazy guestimations, consider that seasons and individual episodes of Lost are often built around these themes: Rescue missions; parent-child reconciliation; parents who will go to reckless lengths to save their kids. I suspect the End Game will be built around those themes, too. Jacob the Island all-father trying to rescue his Island (and people) from forces that would exploit it (Widmore) and shut it down (Man In Black); Christian trying to reconcile with and redeem his son as part of his OWN redemption. I think all of these themes and energies will converge with a massive showdown/war between Team Jacob and Team Man In Black (so...Edward?) with some castaways siding with the former and some with the latter. My guess is that Jack will initially bet on the wrong horse, but then see the error of his ways with the help of his father, which ends up processing their issues and compelling Jack toward an action, most likely sacrificial in nature, that will save the day. I have always believed that the Island isn't Jack's ultimate destination that the Island is a means to becoming a new creation that can better flourish in the world.
And so I think Lost ends with Jack leaving the Island, and because he's an addict, and because he's never adequately processed those demons, his final moment will have him beginning a new heroic journey, one that the Island has prepared him for: letting go of the past; beating his addictive pathology and behavior. And so Jack's story on Lost will end in rehab an AA meeting, perhaps, in the basement of Ms. Hawking's church.
I also think it ends with Original John Locke resurrected on the Island, taking Jacob's role in the Island's function. And so I think the final scene of Lost will be a redux of the Jacob/Man In Black conversation in the beach scene from last season's finale instead this time, it'll be John Locke in Jacob's place. As for his adversary, he'll be wearing a new identity that of Benjamin Linus. It ends with this:
Fake Ben: Do you know badly I want to kill you right now? And then Locke looks at him with a knowing glint and they laugh.