Lindelof and Cuse discuss Lost season four
Lost executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse recently sat down with EW's Jeff Jensen to answer questions, address rumors, and provide some mild spoilers about the show. The interview shed light on some of the questions that viewers had after watching last week's episode, "The Economist." Lindelof and Cuse also hinted at which questions will be explored and answered during Season Four.
They also discuss some spoilers concerning this season, so if you aren't caught up with the show or don't want to be spoiled, stop reading. Here are the highlights of Jensen's interview:
Ben could be one of the Oceanic Six. He had tons of fake passports and information on the passengers, so he could have stolen a dead passenger's identity.
- We will know the identities of all the members of the Oceanic Six by the seventh episode.
- Naomi's bracelet in "The Economist" was not the same bracelet as the one worn by Elsa in Sayid's flash-forward. It was meant to remind Sayid of Naomi, not connect Naomi to Elsa.
- Some fans thought that Sayid's flash-forward on the golf course happened after his flash-forward with Elsa. This is not the case; the flash-forward scenes are shown in chronological order.
- Viewers also had questions about Frank and Jack's conversation about the Red Sox winning the World Series. Damon Lindelof said that the scene was written for Lost's present time, not for 2008.
- The flash-forwards are not alternate realities or possible futures. The future for the Oceanic Six is exactly as you see it.
- Lindelof and Cuse admit to being "pro time-space continuum" but "anti-paradox."
- According to Cuse, the fifth episode "deals with time travel."
- The writers have a "master timeline" that ranges from the time that the Six leave the island to the final flash-forward. Cuse said that creating this was difficult, due to fact that "time isn't entirely linear."
- For Cuse and Lindelof, the major themes and questions of the show include the 815ers' relationships with the Freighter folk, who was in the coffin in Jack's flash-forward, and what happened to those that didn't get off the island.
- The identity of the person whose eyeball appeared in Jacob's cabin is an important detail.
- The Orchid station video is also significant to this season.
- Ben's hit list has something to do with the 815 wreckage that was found in the Sunda Trench.
For me, the most interesting idea was that Ben could be one of the Oceanic Six. He certainly has the resources to take on a false identity. Even Kate tried to doctor Joanna's passport back in Season One. I'm also glad that details like Naomi's bracelet and the flash-forward timeline were covered. Cuse and Lindelof are usually so careful about releasing information, and I enjoyed reading some straight answers to common fan questions. I'm not sure I prefer the term "Freighter folk" to "Freighties," but it's their show. Freighter folk it is!