Is Claire dead? The answer may depend on what the meaning of ‘dead’ is

Claire in Jacob's cabin, in Episode 4x11 "Cabin Fever"

Claire in Jacob's cabin, in Episode 4x11 "Cabin Fever"

Val asks:

Do we have any idea what really happened to Claire? After she turned up in Jacob’s cabin with Jack’s father, I got really confused about what her role in the whole island mystery is.

I originally thought Claire was killed after she wandered into the jungle, leaving Aaron behind. I had thought if she were alive, she would have come back for her son.

I was surprised to see her show up in Jacob’s cabin and in Kate’s house on the mainland, but I still thought she was dead. She was with Christian in the cabin, and we knew he was dead. As for showing up on the mainland, other dead characters had been doing that as well, and Clair’s appearance could also be explained as being just a dream.

But then while I was watching Destiny Calls, the Season 5 clip/recap show that aired in January 2009, Damon said something in the commentary that surprised me, and made me think that Claire might still be alive:

Damon (at 3:34 on video): And now, essentially, Claire is missing. We don’t know where she is. She saw Christian Shephard in the jungle. She left the baby behind. And that’s it.

At the time I saw the Destiny Calls recap show, I thought, “She’s only missing! So she’s not dead, after all!” But now, on second thought, I believe she could still be dead. Damon didn’t actually say, for sure, that she wasn’t — just that we didn’t know what happened to her.

Forging on, I found an interview that eonline did with Damon and Carlton last year, before the Season 4 finale, where they muddied the waters even more:

Q: “Is Claire dead?” Is that a question you are wanting the fans to be asking at this point?

Carlton: I think we want the fans to ask, “What’s happened to Claire?” I don’t think it’s “Is she dead?” I think it’s like, “Where is she?” and, “What’s going on with her?”

Damon: What’s fascinating with Lost is there’s a scene where Claire is in the cabin, and she is sitting next to a guy who is dead, and nobody is saying “What’s up with that?” They’re all asking “Is she dead?” I think the more operative question is “What is dead?” That’s a good question to ask, and one you will certainly be asking over the long hiatus.

“The operative question is ‘What is dead’?” Okey-dokey. 😉

It sounds like Claire may have joined the ranks of the undead, the quasi-dead, the not-quite-dead — or, as I like to think of them, actors who still have a job even after their characters die.

And, in fact, Emilie de Ravin recently told TV Guide that she would be coming back to LOST in Season 6: Having been involved in all these projects as of late, will it be harder to go back to Lost for its final season?

De Ravin: No, I’m really looking forward to going back. I’ve had a wonderful time being able to express myself creatively in different ways [during this Season 5 absence]. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again and, being the last season, I’m thinking it’s going to be pretty exciting.

So maybe we’ll get some answers next year.

Thanks, Val, for asking the question!

Picture of Claire in Jacob’s cabin is a promotional still, via Lostpedia

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2 responses to “Is Claire dead? The answer may depend on what the meaning of ‘dead’ is

  1. Wow, thanks for the detailed answer! I love the whole “what is dead?” answer–it’s like Clinton in his depositions arguing about the precise meaning of “the”…lol!

    But it’s true, we do have a lot of varieties of states of being on the island…what with Locke and his doppelganger, the frequent appearances of Christian interacting with the Losties, and my favorite, Eyeliner Man Alpert who may or may not be a sort of immortal vampire. So I guess it’s no real surprise that Claire may be occupying the shady gray areas between life and death that appear on Lost.

    I’m excited that Claire will be making a comeback in the last season, because that means we hopefully will get some more answers about what’s really happened to her. And maybe we’ll also find out if Kate really meant it when she told Claire’s mother she was going back to find Claire and reunite her with her son…

  2. You’re welcome — my pleasure.

    I think that Kate was sincere, that she really did want to find Claire. Or at least she wanted to find Live Claire. Whether she will be just as happy to run into Zombie Claire remains to be seen. 😉

    I agree, Damon’s parsing of the language is reminiscent of Clinton’s — though their motivations were different. 😉

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