C: Hello jack.
J: I don’t understand, you died…
C: Yeah, yes I did.
J: Then how are you here right now?
C: How are YOU here?
J: I died too?!
C: It’s ok, it’s ok son.
J: I love you dad.
C: I love you too son.
J: Are you real?
C: I hope so (laughs), yeah I am real! you’re real! everything that’s ever happened to you is real. All those people in the church, they’re all real too.
J: They’re all… they’re all dead?
C: Everyone dies sometime kiddo. Some before you, some long after you.
J: Why are they all here now?
C: There is no now here.
J: Where are we dad?
C: This is the place that you all made together so that you could find one another. The most important of your life was the time that you spent with these people. That’s why all of you are here, nobody does it alone jack, you needed all of them and they needed you.
J: For what?
C: To remember, and let go.
J: Kate, she said we were leaving.
C: Not leaving no… moving on.
J: Where are we going?
C: Let’s go find out.
These beautiful words close Lost’s last episode after six years of out of this world matters. Jack Shepherd asks his father all the questions that will close the circle finally giving an answer to the thousand doubts we have piled up between time travels and smoke monsters.
Jack the science man, just like the audience, looks for a logical explanation to all tha crazy stuff that went on around him and finally finds it thanks to trust, the same trust that so often is betrayed during the series or that seems to be the issue for all the cast-away’s. Only a trustworthy person like his father can lead him through the last step of comprehension and help him see not with the eyes of the scientist but with those of the sensitive man who has experienced the unexplicable on his own skin.
Jack’s doubts disappear once he manages to leave his past behind when he realises that his best memories will always be with him and that only through those he will be able to give meaning to his life. Thanks to what he chooses to carry with him forever he can find the courage to move on.
Ending one chapter does not make less real what has past. It amplifies it and makes the future acceptable and harmonic together with what we have been until then. Knowing that the past is past will help him remember together with those whom he will decide to bring along on his journey.
Only through memories he can let go, only by letting go he can move on. He doesn't need to know where he is going. What really matters is being able to see where he's stood to ultimately find peace and write THE END.
To B. and S.