Over the years, Lost has shown many, many puzzling sights in many time periods and time lines. But one image of a statue may be the most defining, divisive sight in Lost history. The statue was only seen once three years ago, and it wasn’t even a complete statue. It was just a giant foot with four toes, but it made a cameo that is still shaking up the Lost fandom. But last night, Lost finally remembered the statue of the four toed foot, enough to show a nearly complete picture of what the full statue looked like.
In the Season Two finale “Live Together, Die Alone” Sayid, Sun and Jin are sailing to find the camp of the Others. Along the way, they find a giant statue of a foot on the island. Sayid is briefly disturbed that the foot only has four toes, but then resumes the mission without another glance.
The four-toed foot statue is, by far, the most controversial and weird thing Lost has ever shown, which says a lot. For three seasons, the statue has reminded an iconic, unexplained Lost image, despite only making that one mere cameo. Even ABC executives thought the statue was too much when it first appeared.
But last night, the rest of the statue that came with the four toed foot was finally revealed. Last night’s Lost episode “LaFleur” showed what happened to Sawyer, Juliet, Miles, Jin and Daniel Faraday after Locke left the island by turning the frozen donkey wheel.
But before Locke made that final push on one leg, those still left behind saw the back of a giant statue on the horizon. A statue that likely contained the four toed foot.
The Lost fandom instantly exploded with theories. Most concluded that the statue was Egyptian, and perhaps was of the Egyptian God Anubis, the lord of the dead. The statue appeared to be holding an Ankh, an Egyptian symbol for eternal life.
In an even bigger parallel, a dead body was revealed to have a necklace made of an Ankh symbol later in the episode.
The four-toed statue was first introduced to demonstrate that the Lost island has very ancient origins, perhaps going back hundreds of years. Perhaps that is where the “left-behinders” were for their next-to-last flash through time.
However, even though the statue is a very ancient part of Lost history, it is the most recent history that took precedent the rest of the episode, and will take precedent the rest of the season.
Specifically, the era in question is the 1970’s and the era of the DHARMA Initiative, which is where Sawyer and company have now been living for three years- and where Jack, Hurley and Kate are now.
DocArtz- “LOST 5:09 Dissected – Ankh’s and Uncles” www.docarzt.com/lost/lost-easter-eggs/lost-509-dissected-ankhs-and-uncles/
TV Squad- “ABC says that four-toed Lost statue was ‘too weird'” www.tvsquad.com/2008/03/20/abc-says-that-four-toed-lost-statue-was-too-weird/