Lost airs its final episode tonight, and three of its high-profile contemporaries, The Sopranos, The Wire and Battlestar Galactica have also aired their finales to much praise and fanfare. Their respective creators have run the press gamut elucidating—and sometimes defending—their work. Lost, however, presents the most daunting challenge as showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have created a complex web of characters and thematic threads, all while bending not just narrative conventions but even our perception of time and space. As such, we’re taking a look at what these finales did right.
Warning: The following pages contain spoilers pertaining to the finales of The Sopranos, The Wire and Battlestar Galactica: