The romantic hook-ups among the crash survivors are certainly plagued by peril. There was barely a dry eye in the house when poor Charlie scribbled his farewell note to Claire and plunged into the afterlife after disabling the jamming signal on the Others' underwater station. The pair had overcome so much - mainly the Brit rocker's drug habit and the emergence of baby Aaron - but ultimately Charlie couldn't defeat the grim reality of Desmond's morbid visions. Soon, the distraught Claire was leaving her baby in the bushes and running off with her dead father - hardly a conventional part of the grieving process.
The increasingly miserable Hurley's eyes lit up when Libby revealed her fondness for the lottery winner. The last time he was so excited was when he discovered the Dharma Initiative's food store and built up a secret stash. Yet before the pair could develop their relationship, up popped Michael Dawson to put a bullet in the young lady in exchange for a reunion with Walt.
Since crashing onto the island, Kate has had two fawning flies swarming around her person - Jack and Sawyer. This love triangle has teased, tantalised and taunted viewers for a long time, and we still don't know whether the future engagement of Kate and Jack will result in a happy ending. Sawyer certainly felt a longing in his loins for his 'Freckles' when they were imprisoned together by The Others, causing Kate so much worry that a better nickname would be 'Frowns'. She soon had a smile on her face when they consumated the relationship though.
So Jack ultimately gets the girl (and Claire's baby), but will Sawyer have one final fling with Kate before they are separated? Given the track record of love on the island, there's every chance that Kate and Sawyer were parted by the tragic demise of the latter. Jack and Kate are also feeling the strain as a future couple, as he becomes increasingly paranoid about his fiancée's secret mission for Sawyer.
Jack shared a smooch with Juliet in the fourth season, although she later acknowledged that the surgeon was merely trying to deflect his true passionate feelings for Kate. However, Juliet knows all too well about the dangers of romping on the island following the death of Goodwin, with whom she had an affair back in the day. Shock horror - he ended up killed by Ana Lucia too! Alex and Karl also failed to show that The Others can sustain a relationship as both were cruelly slayed by Charles Widmore's mercenaries.
Transporting a pre-existing romance onto the island is no guarantee for success either. Jewel thieves Paulo and Nikki managed to evade Ana Lucia's wrath and succumb to a mere spider bite instead. The resulting paralysis led to them mistakenly being buried alive in the sand. Ironically, they were closer in death than they were in life.
Similarly, Desmond's epic love story with Penny seems doomed. Everyone knows how ruthless Benjamin Linus can be, so when he tells Charles Widmore that he will kill his daughter Penny, one tends to believe him.
Amidst all the gloom, there's one beacon of hope for us all - Bernard and Rose. The married couple eventually reunited following the crash, after they believed each other had perished, and have remained strong despite a few squabbles along the way. But how long will it last?
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