'Lost's' Top 10 Characters
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8. Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews)( ABC )
Sayid has always had -- and we swear this pun is unintentional -- the most tortured background on "Lost." He started out as a simple Iraqi who merely wanted to be with the woman he loved. And then he was slowly corrupted into a man of action and violence, who didn't think too much about shooting first and asking questions later. Though he got a heroic sacrifice scene in the end, the story of Sayid is a sad one, that of a man who was unable to keep his darker nature from wholly subsuming that which made him worth saving.
Best season: Season 4. Between his investigations of the freighter folk and his riveting flash-forward tale of slowly becoming Benjamin Linus' right-hand man and hired gun was the sort of queasy tale of a descent into darkness that "Lost" does so well.
Best flashback episode: Well, technically, it's a flash-forward, but the grimly paced "The Economist" shows how a shattered Sayid ended up killing guys on golf courses for a man he once loathed.
How we hope it all ends: Jacob gives Sayid a posthumous pass with a hearty shrug and a, "Hey, man, stuff happens."