Hillbillies? Island-dwelling hillbillies, complete with the back-woods hick accent and everything, and it turns out they want Walt. A scuffle ensues and it appears that Sawyer is shot - perhaps - and dives into the water, with Jin quickly following. This is, of course, an assumption - we don't really see what happens, but there is a gunshot, and Sawyer winds up in the water immediately following that. Perhaps Sawyer fired and fell - we simply don't know. What we do know for sure is that, despite Michael's efforts, Walt is carried off by boating hillbillies.
And this is when we see that hatch again, and you really expect something big to happen, so imagine the response when all we see is a ladder. It's a tremendous letdown, it's a simple solution that many, including me, had come upon long ago and had dismissed as far too simple. But that's what it is. A ladder . . . and some hillbillies.
After all the build-up, hints, and talk, Lost finds me at a loss for once. I'm simply utterly baffled and disappointed. How can a show build up such tremendous momentum and then lose it all so quickly? It's easy - blow your steam far too early in the season and then try, desperately, to keep people involved. "Numbers" could have been - and maybe should have been - the season finale, at least in terms of intensity. "Exodus," tonight's (and last week's - it was part 1 of 2) episode, simply didn't have enough momentum to finish off the right way, in a way that was keeping in the spirit of the show so far. Instead of something satisfying, we got hillbillies. Lost has a lot of work to do next season, but it's not work on the story - it's repairing the damaging disappointment of tonight's "big" finale.