Smoke monsters, alternate timelines and island mysteries came to a close as "Lost” ended its six-season run on Sunday night. Several Oklahomans hosted watch parties, including one fan who’s been watching the show since before it aired.
"I saw it at San Diego Comic-Con before the first one even aired,” said Alex Gates, 33, of Moore. "Then the cast came out and talked about it — well, mostly they talked about ‘Lord of the Rings’ because Dominic Monaghan was there.” Monaghan played Charlie on "Lost” and was Merry in the "Lord of the Rings” films, which helped key in the possible demographic for "Lost” early on. Gates, who hosted a watch party for the "Lost” finale, said the show has remained intriguing to him throughout the series as the characters’ motivations are revealed. "They’re very real, because they have their own faults and horrible things they’ve been through,” Gates said. Fans at the party were pleased with how the series played out. "Everybody got a happy ending in the end; it was nice,” said Josh Curliss, 25, of Norman. Fan John Williams, 34, of Midwest City, said some people wouldn’t be happy with any conclusion, but the finale worked for him. "Personally, I think it was a satisfying ending to the entire six-year story that they told,” Williams said. "I enjoyed the last scene of the series being the bookend to the first scene we saw.” Themes of redemption weaved their way throughout the finale and the series. Author and pastor Chris Seay, who wrote "The Gospel According to Lost,” says the show is filled with people you might not like on the surface — an alcoholic doctor, an accused murderess — that then must face up to their own redemption.