John is a man who has had an unfortunate life. He is constantly searching for the meaning of life.
He has a dead end job. His father conned him out of a kidney, then cut him off completely. After a fight with his father, John was pushed out of a window leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
In his search for “meaning”, John travels to Sydney to participate in a Walk-a-bout. Because of his handicap, he is not allowed to join the others and is sent home.
John books passage on Oceanic 815. Upon waking on the beach, he finds that he can walk. This gives him a new lease on life and convinces him that the island is special and that they have all been sent there for a reason.
When the Oceanic 6 leave the island; John, as the leader of the others, is sent after them to bring them all back. He is unable to accomplish this and is about to commit suicide when Ben comes upon him. Ben gives him hope, but not for long. Once Ben has the information he needs from John, he kills him.
John’s body is loaded onto the Ajira Flight by the Oceanic 6 in hopes that they can recreate the original flight and get back to the island. They do make it back.
The Man in Black takes on the persona of John Locke and pretends to be him in order to kill Jacob. The Man in Black is ultimately killed by Jack and the world is saved.
In the flashsideways, John is still with the love of his like, Helen. He has a surgery to repair his spinal injury. He is able to come to terms with his life and allow himself to be happy. When that happens, he is able to move on.
Ratinss recap: With the series finale of “Lost,” ABC posted a definitive victory on the final Sunday night of the 2010 May Sweep and 2009-10 TV Season, leading its nearest competition by 2.3 million viewers (11.4 million vs. 9.1 million – CBS) and by 100% in Adults 18-49 (4.8/14 vs. 2.4/7 – NBC). Winning the evening for 4th time in 5 weeks among Adults 18-49, ABC registered its 6th straight May Sweep as Sunday’s No. 1 TV network in the key young adult sales demo.
“Lost: The Final Journey” (7:00-9:00 p.m.) From 7:00-9:00 p.m., “Lost: The Final Journey” (a retrospective covering the series’ 6 seasons) drew an average audience of 9.8 million viewers and a 4.0/13 in Adults 18-49 to win its time period on both counts.
“Lost” (9:00-11:30 p.m.) Surging from its lead-in at 9:00 p.m., the 2-1/2 hour series finale of “Lost” pulled in an average audience of 13.5 million viewers and a 5.8/15 in Adults 18-49 to stand as the No. 1 TV show on Sunday night on both counts. “Lost” soared to the top of its time period, beating out its nearest network competition (NBC’s season finale of “Celebrity Apprentice” from 9:00-11:00 p.m.) by 4.2 million viewers by 71% in Adults 18-49. In addition, Lost registered as TV’s highest-rated drama finale this season in Adults 18-49.
In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, “Lost” generated its biggest finale in 3 years – since 5/23/07. It was the series’ strongest telecast overall since February 2008 in viewers and young adults– since 2/21/08 and 2/14/08, respectively.
ABC estimates that 20.5 million unique viewers watched the series finale of “Lost” during its 2-1/2 hour broadcast – unduplicated viewers that watched 6-minutes or more of the program.