Season: 1–2, Episodes: 32, Faction: Survivors
Shannon Rutherford was a middle section survivor of Oceanic Flight 815 and was the stepsister of Boone Carlyle. She and Boone always argue before and after the crash. Before the crash, her father had died in a car crash and she had been cut off by her stepmother, who also refused to give her any of her fathers money. She used men, especially Boone, to get what she wanted which eventually led to a one night-stand with Boone. After the crash, she was very selfish at times, refusing to help the other survivors, as she insisted they would be rescued. However, she assisted trying to get a signal on the tranceiver, and used her french skills to translate Rousseau’s signal. She also had an athsma attack, when her inhalers ran out, but Sun cured her. She eventually formed a romantic relationship with Sayid, which helped her realize her selfishness and led to a change in attitude. As she and Sayid went for a picnic, Boone fell out of a plane and died. After Boone died, Shannon sought revenge on John Locke, attempting to shoot him, but Sayid interfered. She eventually forgave Sayid, but began to have strange visions of Walt who she thought was on the raft. On day 48 she ran from camp with Sayid to search for Walt, however she collided with the Tailies and was unintentionally shot in the stomach and killed by Ana Lucia Cortez, after chasing another image of Walt. She died in Sayid’s arms having finally gained his confidence and belief in her.
In the flash-sideways, she was reunited with her lover, Sayid Jarrah and along with their friends, they moved on.
2×01 – Man of Science, Man of Faith
Shannon tries to find Vincent when he runs off into the jungle, as she feels strongly that it was her responsibility to do so. She says keeping up with Vincent is the only thing anyone ever asked her to do, and she was not going to let Walt down. Because she is still exhausted from not sleeping since Boone’s death, Sayid attempts to dissuade her, but when he fails, he goes with her into the jungle. When the pair becomes separated, Shannon falls, then begins to hear whispers and then sees a vision of Walt standing in front of her, dripping wet and speaking backwards to her. However the vision is gone by the time Sayid returns to her with Vincent. After returning to the caves, Shannon insists on recounting her vision of Walt and hearing the whispers, possibly of others, a prospect which upsets Claire, Sun and the rest of the group. When Jack returns from the hatch, Shannon asks him if he saw the others. Charlie rudely yells at her, telling her there are no “Others”. Shannon then remarks by asking Charlie what he knows or doesn’t know, just because he hasn’t heard them. (“Man of Science, Man of Faith”)
2×04 – Everybody Hates Hugo
When Claire finds the message bottle from the raft, Shannon becomes the second to know about the second raft being destroyed after Claire tells her. Shannon and Claire also tell Sun about finding it. Later Shannon shares her food with Vincent. (“Everybody Hates Hugo”)
2×06 – Abandoned
While feeding Vincent, Sayid came up to her and tells her he has something he has to show her. Sayid has built Shannon a new tent to live in, which they make love in on the same night. Moments after, when Sayid steps out of the tent to get water, Shannon has another vision of Walt (dripping wet again). She screams at the top of her voice, making many people awaken. When she tells Sayid what she saw, he does not believe her, saying that it was only a dream. Shannon once again felt that no one takes her seriously and leaves Sayid in frustration.
On day 48, Shannon is determined to find Walt. Shannon asks Hurley and Rose where Walt’s clothes are, so Vincent can pick up Walt’s scent and lead her to him. Shannon tells the dog to “find Walt.” Vincent then leads her directly to Boone’s grave, where Sayid finds her and assumes she’s there to mourn her dead step-brother. Shannon sets off into the jungle, determined to find Walt. While looking for Walt, Shannon tells Sayid about the bottle and runs off again. Sayid catches her and tries to apologize for doubting her.
Later, During a rainstorm Shannon again sees Walt, but this time Sayid does too. Sayid tells her that he believes her and loves her. As Shannon runs toward Walt, she is shot once in the stomach by Ana Lucia Cortez, who thinks she is one of the Others. (“Abandoned”)
2×08 – Collision
After Shannon was shot dead, Sayid placed her body on the ground gently, and then tried to attack Ana Lucia. While Sayid was tied up, Ana Lucia talked to him saying, she was sorry for killing Shannon, and that it was a mistake. Later on, Sayid carried her body back to camp to be buried. (“Collision”)
2×09 – What Kate Did
The next day Sayid professed his love for Shannon when he gave her eulogy. The Tailies, Eko, Libby, Rose and Bernard attended the funeral, paying their respects, but Ana Lucia refused to attend. With Sayid having dug her grave, Shannon was buried next to her brother, Boone, who had died seven days earlier. Both of them were laid to rest near the other deceased Islanders in the graveyard. (“What Kate Did”)
2×14 – One of Them
When Henry Gale was captured by the castaways, it was Sayid’s love for Shannon and his grief over her death that pushed him into torturing the captive. After Sayid felt Henry’s testimony of burying his wife was believable, he exclaimed “You would remember!” (“One of Them”)
2×16 – The Whole Truth
While they trekked to Henry Gale’s balloon, Sayid eventually forgave Ana Lucia for her shooting, claiming she was just protecting her people. He then, blamed Shannon’s accidental death on the Others. (“The Whole Truth”)
According to the Oceanic Six story, her brother survived the initial crash, though she never made it out of the plane. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
5×04 – The Little Prince
During the Island’s time-shifting, the survivors found themselves back on the day of Boone’s death and Sawyer witnessed Aaron’s birth. Sawyer was clearly shocked by seeing both Kate and Claire, and Locke asked him if he saw anyone – citing Shannon and Charlie as examples. (“The Little Prince”)
6×04 – The Substitute
Just beyond the opening of the Cliffside cave was a room in which Jacob had written the last names of several candidates on the walls and ceiling, with a number preceding each one. When the wall was first seen, all of the names and numbers were crossed out except for those preceded by one of The Numbers. The Man in Black explained, each name was the name of a candidate. Shannon’s surname Rutherford was crossed out, most likely because of her death. (“The Substitute”)
6×05 – Lighthouse
Her surname was also written on The Lighthouse Wheel. According to the wheel, her number was 32. (“Lighthouse”)
Official LOST Podcast (March 21, 2008)
The Producers have indicated, The Man in black has imitated Walt at least a few times. (Official Lost Podcast/March 21, 2008) So, it could have been The Man In Black, in Walt’s form that induced Shannon to chase him into the jungle right in front of a panicked Ana Lucia’s gun in “Abandoned” so she would kill her, since he could not kill candidates directly.
6×05 – Lighthouse
Jack and Hurley found Shannon’s inhaler at the caves, three years after she died. (“Lighthouse”)
6×06 – Sundown
Later, The Man in Black cryptically offered anything Sayid wanted in exchange for his help. The one thing Sayid wanted had “died in his arms”. (“Sundown”)
6×01 – LA X, Part 1
Shannon was not on Oceanic Flight 815. Aboard Flight 815, Boone spoke about Shannon and her relationship in Australia during his conversation with Locke and said that she did not want to leave with him. He referred to Shannon as his “sister”. (“LA X, Part 1”)
6×17 – The End
Later, Boone teamed up with Hugo Reyes to get Sayid Jarrah and Shannon together once again. According to Boone, he brought her from Australia after a lot of effort.
Boone and Hurley arranged for Boone to get into a fight and get punched. Shannon tried to get the attacker to leave her brother alone, but only got pushed instead. This prompted Sayid, who observed the fight from Hurley’s Hummer, to intervene. After Sayid disposed of the attacker, Shannon raised her eyes to see her rescuer. The two remembered each other, as well as their former lives, and fell into a kiss. Meanwhile, Hugo and Boone watched, satisfied at their success. Together once again, Sayid and Shannon met and went to the church where the core group of Flight 815 survivors, alongside Juliet Burke, Desmond Hume and Penelope Widmore, “moved on” to the next stage of their afterlives.
Shannon and Sayid made their way to the church, where they reunited with all their friends from the Island. After Christian Shephard opened the doors of the church, she and the others were ready to move on together. (“The End”)