So, lest there was any lingering confusion (these are spoilers, we guess): All the island stuff really happened; Jack died from his stab wound; everybody else (Sawyer, Kate, Claire, Lupidus, Miles, Ben, Hurley, Desmond, and Richard) lived for awhile longer, then also died; and the sideways world was a holding pattern where they'd all somehow agreed to meet up so they could pass into the next life together. We know that Ben took a rain check on the afterlife because he "had some things [he] still needed to work out," presumably with Alex and sideways Rosseau — but who else was missing from the SNL-style hugfest at the end of last night's Lost finale?
Here's who we saw in the church: Locke, Jack, Kate, Sayid, Shannon, Rose, Bernard, Sun, Jin, Hurley, Libby, Juliet, Sawyer, Desmond, Boone, Penny, Charlie, and Claire.
As Christian Shephard explained to Jack:
"This is a place that you all made together so that you could find one another. The most important part of your life was the time that you spent with these people. That's why all of you're here ... You needed all of them and they needed you."
So which negligible castaways' invitations got lost in the mail? Off the top of our heads: Richard, Lapidus, Miles, Ana Lucia, Daniel, Charlotte, Eko, Ilana, Zoe, Widmore, Arzt, Nikki, Paulo, and Frogurt. But we guess they all had their own lives and families, so it's plausible they'd have wanted to ascend to nondenominational heaven with people closer than the ones they were marooned with on a magic island.
But is there anything that explains the absence of Walt and Michael? They lived in New York — did Desmond decide that waking them up wasn't worth the cross-country flight? Would it just have been too awkward for Michael to be in the same room as Libby? Presumably Michael's exclusion was because Harold Perrineau famously shit-talked the show after Michael blew up on the freighter. But Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse told the Times that Walt would appear in the finale (and he was even photographed on the set). We're going to have to buy the stupid DVDs to find out what happened to him, aren't we?
Notice anybody else was missing? Let us know below.