Lost executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse weren’t expected to reveal much of anything about the upcoming season at their Comic-Con panel Saturday; production on the drama won’t begin for another three weeks in Hawaii and the writers are typically loathe to give spoilers away, anyway. Still, the duo didn’t disappoint. They immediately took questions from the audience and gave Lost memorabilia to anyone who made it up to the microphone. Besides handing out nifty prizes like an autographed life jacket and a T-shirt that read, “I asked a question about Richard Alpert and all I got was this lousy T-shirt,” the producers did offer up a few tidbits about the coming year. Jin and Locke will appear in one form or another, Rousseau’s story will finally be told, and Walt’s dog Vincent will stage a comeback (some fan, in fact, actually inquired about the dog’s status before asking about any human characters). Oh, and Lindelof insisted that the Island did not move in the season 2 finale. Matthew Fox (pictured) showed up, too, mostly to glad-hand a fan and smile pretty for the room (and he did look mighty pretty).
The panel then took an odd turn when a pudgy, red-faced “recruit” from the Dharma Initiative bounded on stage to report that he just captured secret video from Dharma’s Comic-Con booth. It featured Lost character Dr. Marvin Candle admitting to the camera that his real name was Chang, he was a professor from Ann Arbor, Mich., and that he was about to fall victim to a “violent purge” that he’s “powerless to escape” (translation: he’s dead now, folks). Candle’s purpose for the video? He wanted to say his research on the Island was valid so the “Dharma Initiative should be reconstituted.”