Last night the show that started on September 22, 2004, nearly 8 months after the birth of my first child, ended it’s run with a finale that is sure to be heralded as one of the top last-episodes of all time. My oldest daughter is now 6, but it’s unclear exactly when she outlived the characters on the show as it was made “clear” in the last 10 minutes of the 2 and a half hour show that the cast in the sideways flashes were actually all dead. There was some slight clarification that the flash sideways were actually flash forwards to the afterlife, the most concrete being Jin and Sun’s remembrance of their death and Hugo and Ben’s references to being good number 1s and 2s respectively. Regarding the flash sideways/forward, what was the point of having such an intricate, separate life with the new and failed relationships, including children? And regarding Christian Shepard’s image, I though he was determined to be the smoke monster? The smoke monster can’t leave the island (Christian appeared to Jack at the hospital after he was rescued by Penny’s boat) and the smoke monster would not have sent the dog to wake Jack up as seen in the web additions on abc.com. Considering all of these facts, I am going to propose three scenarios, all of which could be true:

1. They all died in the very beginning in the initial plane crash and their collective conscious created the island and their new realities.
2. They all died in the nuclear blast.
3. They all died in the island-reality and the other reality (the flash sideways) occurred after the island-reality, not at the same time.

But how do you fix the problem with the island being underwater during the flash sideways? The only thing that would help this is that the island eventually does get destroyed in the future (either with Hugo or after Hugo). It falls under water. Everyone on earth dies and so everyone is in this alternative reality, where they are all dead, and then they remember each other, and then they meetup and the “Christian Shepard” opens the door to the light and fade to white.