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Lost's final season won't answer all of viewers' questions - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 12th 2010 10:01PM
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse at the Lost panel at the Winter 2010 TCAsRight before the Conan "piss off, NBC" letter exploded all over the place, ABC had started their day at the TCAs with the critics' full attention. Why? Because the first panel of the day was the last time that the producers and crew of Lost would be in front of the critics answering questions about their confoundingly complicated show.

It almost felt like a collective valedictory speech, as the cast was given a chance to talk about their biggest memories from six years of shooting the show in Hawaii, and EPs Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof waxed poetic over what they think the legacy of the show is going to be.

But the big takeaways? The final season is not going to answer every question surrounding the show. The story arc this year will be told in a way that might not actually confuse anyone who's decided to finally jump on board and watch. And Lindelof's reaction to the possibility that the premiere might be pre-empted by the State of the Union address was priceless.

"I'm a lifelong Democrat," said Lindelof, "but when I first heard that they were considering February 2nd, I was like, 'That
motherfucker.' Just being honest." It got big laughs in the room, but then again, that's what Lindelof does.

As soon as the producers got an end date from the ABC brass three years ago, they started thinking about what the final season was going to be like. Heck, they had an inkling about it way back during the first season. But that doesn't mean that in the writing process, things don't get added as the story takes shape. "We kind of knew what the end point was, but as you move towards the end point, you add elements," said Cuse. "And obviously, the end is not yet written, and there are certain sort of mythological, architectural elements that are intact for that ending, but a lot of character stuff will get worked out as we go along."

Later, Lindelof and Cuse both confirmed that it would be a mistake to try to answer every question during the series finale. "Obviously not every question's going to be answered, so obviously, some people are going to be upset that those particular questions don't get resolved," said Cuse. "We felt if we tried to just answer questions, it would be very pedantic."

Lindelof, of course, had a funnier view: "Now there is certainly a hope on all our parts that everybody sort of universally loves the ending that we put forward. (But) I don't think it would be Lost if there wasn't sort of an ongoing and active debate amongst the people who watch the show as to whether or not it was a good ending.

"If I could put on my predicting hat, there would be people over here who say it's the worst ending in the history of television, and hopefully to balance them out, my mom who will say it's the best ending, although she doesn't understand the show."

According to Lindelof and Cuse, the show will actually be accessible to those who've never seen it before. "We are doing something different narratively which doesn't require sort of deep-and-vast knowledge for you to get, and we also just feel like the stories that we're telling this season kind of really do harken back to the first season of the show," said Cuse.

"I think if you watched the first season of the show, that's probably the most important thing leading into the final season. We do feel that there's some accessibility there."

As we reported before, Harold Perrineau and Cynthia Watros will be reprising their roles this season. In what form, of course, we don't know. And I'm sure there will be other surprises.

But you know that even after Lost leaves the air, it's going to have a following. When asked if they saw themselves going to Lost conventions in thirty years, Terry O'Quinn said very seriously, "We all hope we have something else to do." Josh Holloway, on the other hand, wasn't quite as somber about the prospect. "I don't know what you're talking about. I'm retiring. I'm only doing conventions."

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The daily re-watch of Season 5 begins Saturday ending with the 2hr premiere of Final Season. I don't care what they do or don't do with gotdam story, I'm invested in this to whatever end they design.

January 14 2010 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's impossible for them to answer EVERY question. But as long as they answer the major, obvious ones, not the trivial minutia, I'll be satisfied. But I'm extremely concerned by the notion that they're going to try to make the show accessible to newcomers at this stage. It's the last season, if people were not watching the previous five, they're probably not going to watch now, and if they do, screw them - don't cater to them at the expense of the show. If seasons 2-5 don't matter, then this is going to be an extremely disappointing season.

I already have a bad feeling about it, and I now realize that whatever ending they do is going to fall far below my expectations. It will be another asinine Sopranos ending ("ehhh the Sopranos ending was breeeeeeliant!" - shut up and stay shut up). I'm already thinking one of the characters will be god in human form, telling the Losties that he's god and he was testing them to see who gets into heaven (limbo) or that the whole thing was a virtual reality computer system gone awry and none of the characters were real, or at least not the past and island lives we were shown. Lame resolutions like that will make sense to someone just tuning in for the first time, but they will infuriate any fan of Lost with the ability to criticize the show. Of course most people are not able to criticize shows/movies that they're big fans of. So I'll probably be the only one bitching about it.

January 13 2010 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jax Maxton

Not answering all the questions is the reason I could be on board for a spin-off. The questions themselves are so intriguing, and this world they created is so fascinating, I would be willing to follow more stories with different characters.

Of course, it all depends on how it wraps up.

January 12 2010 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Jax Maxton's comment

Haha I knew giving this show up was a good idea.

January 12 2010 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Aaron's comment

Glad your gone!

Not every little question needs to be answered because most were already explained. I can't wait for this season and I will be first in line with my picture and pen at the conventions.

January 12 2010 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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