Over the past year, I have had no less than a dozen conversations with folks about the finale of "Lost" ... the cyclical beauty of that final shot, the poignant symbolism of the stained glass window (it's all about the bardo, dude), the high-minded concepts like sacrifice and interconnectedness and destiny that it espoused. I have nodded and sipped my drink politely, listened intently, perhaps even interjected occasionally. But at the end of each and every one of those conversations, I found myself more confused than I was when it began, mostly because I couldn't believe anyone actually liked the way the show ended.

So, at the risk of upsetting Damon Lindelof (something that is surprisingly easy to do), I would like to go on record as saying that the finale of "Lost" was absolutely terrible. I hated it when it first aired and now, exactly one year later, I think I hate it even more.

Why? Well, there are several reasons...


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by Brian Phares

There are two types of people in this world: those who liked the "Lost" finale and those who didn’t. I happen to be one of the brave few who not only appreciated the ending of one of the most seminal shows in television history, but thought it was perfect. Yes, perfect.

My question to you as a "Lost" fan is this: what did you really expect? Did you really think that every single element of the plot would be divulged and explained? That every convoluted twist and turn of "Lost's" intricate mythology would be made whole? This would be an impossible feat of finale engineering.

Really, what "Lost" is about, time travel and donkey wheels aside, is a group of people stranded on an island attempting to ward off their demons while surviving the most harrowing of situations. What the finale delivered was closure -- and it delivered it in spades.


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There's a numerical sequence in "Lost" lore that has great significance for the overarching plot and the characters themselves: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. But for the fans, there's a different sequence with perhaps even greater significance: 5/23.

One year ago today, on May 23, 2011, "Lost" delivered "The End." The series finale, written by co-showrunners and devoted defenders of the light Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, brought an end to six years worth of frequently controversial and always debatable subject matter revolving around time travel, science versus faith and other bizarre topics.

Whether you loved it or you hated it, chances are good that you felt strongly one way or the other regarding "Lost's" ending. In celebration of the completed show's one year anniversary, MTV News reached out to several expert commentators in the "Lost" community for their perspective on "The End."


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Game of ThronesEpisode Title: "A Golden Crown"

Story: Ned's consolation prize for being attacked by the queen's brother, the so-called Kingslayer Jaime Lannister, is being reinstated as the King's Hand by Robert Baratheon, who just wants to go hunting and not deal with matters of state. But Ned knows that King's Landing is not safe for him, and tells his daughters Sansa and Arya that they must go south. It is only then that he uncovers the secret that the former King's Hand died to keep from telling...

In the Eyrie, Tyrion Lannister fights to save his life from his captors, Catelyn Stark and her sister Lysa Arryn, in a manner of speaking. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen must juggle issues with her increasingly delusional brother Viserys and the coming of her powerful son who is growing inside of her.


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Game of ThronesEpisode Title: "The Wolf and the Lion"

Story: The Hand's Tourney is underway with a showdown between The Mountain, Ser Gregor Clegane, and the Knight of Flowers, Ser Loras. Ned remains distracted by the conspiracy surrounding Jon Arryn's death, and Varys the Spider reveals a poisonous detail — but this new information doesn't help Ned's cause any more than his quest for the king's bastards. Worse still, based on what Arya overhears while chasing cats, Ned's time as the King's Hand is running out.

Meanwhile, Catelyn continues her journey with Tyrion up to the Eyrie to present him to her sister, Lysa, but the reunion does not go quite as she expected. And when word of Tyrion's kidnapping reaches King's Landing, the Imp's brother Jaime reacts very, very poorly.


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Game of ThronesEpisode Title: "Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things"

Story: As the title of this episode suggests, this episode centers on three of our favorite characters: Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Jon (Kit Harrington). But the bastards extend into Ned's (Sean Bean) story as well as he investigates what the former King's Hand, Jon Arryn, was doing before his death -- and it turns out that King Robert (Mark Addy) knows a thing or two about bastards.

At the Wall, Jon continues to dominate his class of Night's Watch recruits, but picks up a new friend in the form of Samwell Tarly (John Bradley). The Hand's Tourney finally starts up in a gruesome jousting contest that tests Sansa's (Sophie Turner) ability to withstand violence, and Catelyn Tully (Michelle Fairley) finds an unsuspecting suspect along the Kingsroad. Elsewhere, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) finally, finally stands up to her nasty elder brother, Viserys (Harry Lloyd).


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Game of ThronesEpisode Title: "Lord Snow"

Story: After the long journey down the Kingsroad, Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) arrives in King's Landing to begin his work as the Hand of the King. But it turns out that King Robert (Mark Addy) prefers drinking, whoring and hunting to his actual kingly duties, and has somehow managed to get the country 6 million crowns (their form of currency) in debt. While Ned deals with the repercussions of that discovery, his eldest daughter Sansa (Sophie Turner) gets settled into court life and his youngest daughter Arya (Maisie Williams) begins taking sword lessons with her blade, Needle.

Back in Winterfell, Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) can't remember the events that led up to his fall, but the fact that the 10-year-old is now paralyzed from the waist down leaves him wishing for death. His mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) reaches King's Landing and voices her fears about the Lannisters to Ned, while the Lannister twins -- Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) and her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) -- worry about whether Bran will end up remembering it was them who pushed him. Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) makes enemies before friends with his fellow Night's Watch recruits at the Wall, and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) has some climactic confrontations with her brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd).


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"Parks and Recreation" has emerged as one of the funniest and most heartwarming sitcoms on TV. And as the season wraps up, there's still so much we want to know about the loveable folks of Pawnee, Indiana. Will Leslie and Ben ever hook up? Will April and Andy decide to start a family? What sorts of lovable antics will Tom find himself in before season end? Will Ann find love again? In the words of Chris (played perfectly by Rob Lowe), we literally can't wait to see what happens.

So, when we caught up with Aziz Ansari this week, we wanted him to weigh in on what we will see in the show's final episode (of the season, don't worry!), which airs on May 12 -- and his comments were alarming. Well, not really.


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Game of ThronesEpisode Title: "The Kingsroad"

Written By: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Story: Picking up right where episode one left off, the royal court readies to depart from Winterfell and head to King's Landing with Ned Stark (Sean Bean) as the Hand of the King. But no one, especially not Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) and her twin brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), are happy to leave the comatose Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) behind before he wakes up and shares why he "fell" out of a high tower. With his mother Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) watching over him at all times, Ned heads south and his bastard son Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) heads north to dedicate himself to the Night's Watch at the Wall.

Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clark) begins to adapt to Dothraki culture instead of just being a victim to her husband Khal Drogo's (Jason Momoa) brutish ways. Her brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd) does not find it as easy. Word of her recent marriage reaches King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), who is angered to find a Targaryen still alive and posing a threat to his kingdom. He is less worried about the fate of his son Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) after he is attacked by Ned's daughter Arya's (Maisie Williams) direwolf, though it is her sister Sansa's (Sophie Turner) pet that must pay the ultimate price.


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Last night was the hotly anticipated premiere of HBO's epic fantasy drama "Game of Thrones," and we've been amping you up for the event over the past week by rolling out interviews with actors including Sean Bean and series creator George R.R. Martin. We also spoke with Peter Dinklage, who plays the cunning and intelligent dwarf brother to the queen, Tyrion Lannister. It was pretty hard to miss Tyrion's introduction, too, as he made his on-screen debut through a pretty steamy sex scene.

There's a lot of sex in "Game of Thrones," and Tyrion has quite a few scandalous scenes in his future on the show. Because of that, we couldn't resist asking Dinklage whether he's looking forward to becoming the series' latest sex symbol.


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