"And I know her, we’re together. It’s like we always have been and always will be. Feeling this love, and just as I’m about to be englulfed by it… I open my eyes and this sodding idiot is just standing there, asking me if I’m okay. But I saw it. Just for a moment I saw what it looked like.”
There was a very early perception, even as soon as the pilot, that LOST some sort of purgatory. And we were always out there saying ‘It’s not purgatory, all of these things are actually happening, these people are on this island, they’re going through this experience, this is real, we’re not going to Sixth Sense you.’ But at the same time the audience was perceiving that.
And we felt it too, the idea that the show had to be meta in this way. And writers have a tendency to get very pretentious when we’re amongst ourselves. And we started saying, ‘Obviously, there are all these mysteries that are sort of surrounding the show. Wouldn’t it be great if in the final episode of LOST we could try to answer a mystery that the show had never asked? And let’s just go for, I don’t know, what’s the meaning of life and what happens when you die?’"