"The thing that's cool about the Island is that the Island can sort of conjure up these images of great importance from your life. Then the characters on the show have to sort of deal with the consequences. Those visions often provide tests, and those tests are right along the axis of what is most important for the character." -- Carlton Cuse, DVD commentary for "The Man Behind the Curtain".

In addition to flashbacks, many characters in Lost have had dreams and visions.


The following characters have had dreams or visions:

SeasonMain article
Charlie-mCharlie2Charlie's dream
Claire-mClaire1, 4Claire's dream
Desmond-mDesmond3Desmond's flashes
Eko-mEko2, 3Eko's dreams
Hurley-mHurley2, 4, 5, 6
Jack-mJack1, 4
Kate-mKate2, 4
Locke-mLocke1, 2, 3, 4, 5Locke's dreams
Enemy-Locke-portalMan in Black6
Sawyer-mSawyer2, 6

Details are listed below, sorted by episode.

Season 1

Season 2

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Hurley dreams in ("Everybody Hates Hugo").

Season 3

Locke has a vision quest in ("Further Instructions").

Season 4

Hurley's vision of Charlie in ("The Beginning of the End").
Claire's manifestation in Aaron's room in ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 2").

Season 5

Season 6

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A mysterious boy appears in front of the Man in Black and Sawyer in ("The Substitute").

Recurring themes

Seeing dead people

See also: Mediumship

Many dreams and/or visions have consisted of characters interacting with dead characters:

Many visions of people who have died appear barefoot.

Asking to help others

In some of the visions where a dead person appears, he/she asks the one having the vision to help somebody:

Literary references to dreams and visions

Main article: Literary works

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The following books seen and referenced on the show have a major surrealist/dream element to them.