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Lindelof and Cuse discuss the return of Lost

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 17th 2008 3:41PM

Evangeline Lilly and Ken LeungEarlier today, Lost executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse held a teleconference with reporters and bloggers in anticipation of the show's return. They revealed, or at least hinted at, what we can expect in the season's final five episodes, elements of the season finale, and what they hope accomplish in upcoming seasons. Here's a recap:

  • The title of the season finale is "There's No Place Like Home."
  • When Lost returns, the show will follow Grey's Anatomy. Lindelof and Cuse aren't sure that the two dramas share an audience, but they are happy to share Thursdays with another successful show.
  • When asked how the extended season finale came about, Lindelof and Cuse said that they felt like a shorter finale would cheat some of the episode's storylines and emotional moments. They already had to deal with a shortened season due to the writers' strike, and did not want to condense the season any more. Instead of cutting their original 80-page script to 55 pages, they wanted to expand it to 100 pages.
  • Some "large and seismic events" will happen to the castaways between now and the season finale.
  • By the end of the season, we'll know the fates of some of the non-Oceanic Six characters, but not all of them.
  • In future seasons, there may be a shift in what we consider to be the past, the present, and the future. It will all depend on what point of view is being used to tell the story (island or mainland).
  • The word "flash" (in terms of flashbacks and flash-forwards) might become irrelevant at some point. Fans should be wondering where the show's trademark "whoosh" will take them.
  • The conflict between and Jack and Locke's personal philosophies will come into play in the season finale.
  • Some "compelling" things will happen to Claire in the remaining episodes of season four.
  • When asked what literature might figure into the show's future, Lindelof and Cuse said the following: "Continue reading the Bible."
  • Lindelof and Cuse finished writing the finale on Monday, and are currently making some final revisions. They are shooting with two crews simultaneously to have the season completed on time.
  • We will see more of Jeff Fahey's character, Frank Lapidus, in the season's remaining episodes. The story behind the freighter folks suffered the most from the strike, but their backgrounds will be revisited next season.
  • Fans of the Jack-Kate-Sawyer love triangle will have "a bounty of interesting romantic scenes" to discuss in the near future. We'll also get more on Jack and Juliet's relationship in the May 1 episode.
  • Don't expect a Lost spin-off to be announced anytime soon; Lindelof and Cuse want the series finale to be the end of the Lost story.
  • Lindelof and Cuse loved the Find815.com experience, and hope to do something similar to generate excitement for season five.
  • The Orchid Station video will "pay off in a big way" in the finale.
  • Alan Dale, also known as Charles Widmore, will have more screen time very soon.
  • The Black Smoke Monster will appear on the April 24 episode, and we'll see Jacob again before the season's end.
  • The writers have every intention of revisiting the four-toed statue. They want to address questions about who built the statue, where it came from, and why it has only four toes.
  • In a podcast, Lindelof and Cuse revealed that the game-changer's name is The Frozen Donkey Wheel. This code name is an inside joke, and will make more sense once the finale airs.
  • Danielle and Karl were, in fact, shot with bullets (as opposed to tranquilizer darts). Their fates will be addressed on the April 24 episode. If Danielle is dead, that doesn't mean that the writers are done exploring her character's back story.

Lost returns on Thursday, April 24 at 10pm ET.

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Knafler

Go and have the podcast on http://www.cyberears.com

June 12 2008 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phish

according to the timeloop theory, yes widmore is behind desmonds fate as a shipwrecked soul.

seems that time moves differently on the island, and people are able to travel back in time to an earlier part of their conciousness. however, dont think you can change the future much, cause fate will course correct.

the island was created around 6000 B.C. when the Hindu god Kali (synonym for dark matter) vomited a black hole in the middle of the ocean. After consuming a great deal of matter, the black hole exploded into an island, where time is still curved by the residual gravitational waves.

boy this acid is great!

April 18 2008 at 12:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt

Oooh...Charles Widmore flashback, that would be interesting. I'd love to know if he played any part in Desmond ending up on the island.

April 17 2008 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
david

Alan Dale, also known as Charles Widmore, will have more screen time very soon.

calling it now... charles widmore flashback episode sometime this season or as the season premiere next year

April 17 2008 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam

I suspect the code name still won't make any sense even after the season finale.

April 17 2008 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Oreo

I agree.

April 17 2008 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I can't wait. They haven't steered me wrong once this season, which has been pretty damn awesome. So bring it on Lindelof and Cuse. Bring. It. All. On.

April 17 2008 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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