Lost Season 5 Finale Will Leave You Wondering How The Show Can Continue

Michael Emerson, who plays Ben Linus on ABC's LOST, says that the season finale for Season Five will make you want to eat your soul.

"Ours is a show that specializes in big shock endings, but I think season five..." Emerson tells E Online. "None of the other shock endings left me wondering how the show goes on. We have two kinds of huge shocks at the end of this one. Each one alone would be enough to keep an audience eating its own soul for the whole hiatus, but with two, I don't know what you can do with that."

Wow, just wow. Off the bat, I can think of a few things that could be that level of "game changer". I have two ideas after the jump. Potential speculative spoilers, obviously.

Jack and crew stop the incident from happening, the hatch from being created, which would result in the plane never crashing on the Island. If this happened, would the castaways remain stuck on the island as alternative versions of themselves, or would they disappear completely (because after all, they never landed on the island in the first place). If the castaways disappeared, would their main land counterparts remember everything that occurred in the now alternative timeline? And even if that were the case, what could that mean for the dramatic storyline for the last 17 episodes of Season 6? It's also worth mentioning that Desmond would probably still land on the island regardless. So maybe that is a clue?

One of the other options could be that the bomb goes off and kills everyone on the island, or at least many of the main cast members. If they die on the island, are they completely dead? This might truly be the most shocking ending, but would it be possible to continue from this plot point? The only possible solution is time travel...

And what lies in the shadow of the statue?

Discuss: Leave your theories in the comments below!