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'Lost' Interview with Producers Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 28th 2009 7:00AM
"A lot of the big cities that we're visiting on the proverbial roadmap are all planned. The road between the cities ... that's an episode-by-episode journey." --Carlton Cuse

Do you want real dish on 'Lost'? So do we, which is why AOL TV went straight to the source and got the exclusive scoop on season 5 of the complicated show from the guys behind the scenes, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

Questioning whether they know where the show's headed? Wondering if Rose and Bernard survived that brutal flaming arrow attack? Want word on the possible Sawyer/Juliet coupling? The producers reveal all of that and more -- including which character they want to see more of and why they went pants-less for this interview. (That's right. We said pants-less.)


Lost' Producers Dish About Season 5

    Do you want real dish on 'Lost'? So do we, which is why AOL TV went straight to the source and got the exclusive scoop on season 5 of the complicated show from the guys behind the scenes, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

    Questioning whether they know where the show's headed? Wondering if Rose and Bernard survived that brutal flaming arrow attack? Want word on the possible Sawyer/Juliet coupling? The producers reveal all of that and more -- including which character they want to see more of and why they went pants-less for this interview. (That's right. We said pants-less.) -- By Maggie Furlong

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    1. With only 32 episodes left to air, how much more will we get? Is it enough time to resolve all the series' major questions?

    Carlton Cuse: We think so. What we didn't want to do is sort of shuffle around from one foot to another and stall this year. We wanted the penultimate season to be really exciting, so we're doing some bold things and, obviously, the time-travel elements this year are allowing us to take a tour through island history, and we're really excited about it. We feel like we have enough time to wrap up questions that are important to us and, hopefully, the audience as well. We can't anticipate every question that every person is gonna have, but we do feel like we're gonna answer the major ones before the show is over.
    Damon Lindelof: What's really funny is, in the first couple of seasons of the show, the question was, "How are you gonna keep doing episodes of the show?" And now that we've announced an endpoint, the question becomes like, "Is six seasons enough?" [Laughs] We actually feel like we did the right thing by choosing to end the show ... you want to be getting the second question and not the first question.


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      2. Did you realize that setting the end date would make such a huge difference?

      DL: Yeah, you know, it's basically like you have an appreciation for something once you know that there's an expiration date on it. If you can't stand your parents and suddenly they say, "Well, in three years we're not gonna be around anymore," every moment becomes a little more precious. You stop focusing on the things that bother you and start focusing on the things that you love, and we hope that that's what's happened with the show.


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        3. In episode 3, we see the harmful effects of the island yet again. How many fatalities are we looking at this season?

        CC: [Laughs] There are definitely some fatalities. The body count in the flaming arrow attack [in episode 2] was pretty significant. That wiped out most of the socks. We do want to say that Rose and Bernard are probably OK, but sadly a lot of those other people have met their demise. We feel like the first couple of episodes set up the premise of this season, which is that the island is skipping through time, and then we're gonna have a lot of fun with that premise. Episode 3 is really a lot about where does that premise lead us? What happens when the island skips through time? Who do our characters run into? What are the challenges and obstacles they face? That's a good jumping off point for where this season is going -- the first third of the season deals a lot with that.


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          4. Will we ever truly find out the rightful "owner" of the island?

          CC: It's a leasehold ... it's not ownership. [Laughs]
          DL: [Laughs] Exactly. We'll know more about Ben and Widmore's relationship by the end of this year and, obviously, when we go into the final year of the show, even more. But I think the more interesting question to be asking is: Is the rightful leader of the island Ben or Widmore or someone else entirely? And who might that be?


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            5. Will it be the "owner"'s eventual destruction that ends the island's powers and its grip on the inhabitants?

            CC: Only if it's the dog.
            DL: Carlton gave it away again.
            CC: No, I mean, the history of the island is something we're dealing with a lot on the show this year. Ascendency and who ruled the island when -- those are all good questions to be asking, and we are fascinated by the Widmore-Ben-John Locke power struggle that's going on, and you'll learn a lot more about that this season.


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              6. Widmore-Ben-Locke are like the new love triangle ... but with hate.

              CC: Yeah, there's not a lot of love there. But speaking of love triangles, there's also that too. Actually it's a quadrangle really -- it's not just Kate, Sawyer and Jack. You've gotta add Juliet in there.
              DL: Sure, why not? Just throw her in the mix.


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                7. [Laughs] Well now that Sawyer and Juliet are left together on the island -- and Sawyer continues to be incredibly shirtless -- the two of them are like the new Jack and Juliet.

                CC: You are very perceptive. We just need a shorthand: what do you call Sawyer and Juliet together? There's Jaters [for Jack and Kate] and Skaters [for Sawyer and Kate] ...
                DL: Ooh! Julers.
                CC: Julers. That's pretty good. That was just here on AOL TV.


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                  8. What's the one question you've posed that you're hoping to hold off on for as long as possible?

                  DL: That's tough because if we say the question that you are watching for, and we're telling you that we're holding off as long as possible, you're gonna get very, very frustrated with us. But obviously the big question on the show is: Why these people? Why were they brought to the island? What is their grand purpose? You'll have a little bit more of a sense of it by the end of season 5, but season 6 is really sort of where we begin to reveal what the grand design of all of this is.
                  CC: I personally just want to know more about Miles. I find Miles pretty interesting. I hope somebody will give me some answers about who Miles is.
                  DL: Yeah, he's been kind of maintaining a low profile. I'd like to know why he's so curmudgeonly or why he can speak to the dead.
                  CC: Yeah, those are good questions.


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