Image Credit: Mario Perez/ABC It’s been a little more than two months since Lost aired its final episode, fittingly entitled “The End.” Much has been said and written about how the soulful sci-fi drama wrapped things up — or didn’t, depending on your perspective. There were those who loved it, there those who hated it, and there were those who to this day still don’t quite know what to think. The only people who’ve remained somewhat silent on the matter are the two men who wrote the episode, executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. Only recently have the pair broken their usual post-season radio silence, including in a self-deprecating appearance by Lindelof at the Television Critics Association press tour to accept the group’s award for Oustanding Achievement In Drama, an honor Lost shared with Breaking Bad.
In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, you’ll find what represents the first lengthy sit-down interview Cuse and Lindelof have given about “The End,” and you’ll hear both of them elaborate on the positive and negative reactions to their work. “It was never going to be possible for us to fulfill everyone’s expectations or desires for the show,” says Cuse. “But the fact that there seems to be a significant amount of people for whom the finale was very meaningful is very gratifying.” Adds Lindelof: “To be clear, we are not indifferent to fan reaction. We care about what they think. A lot. And the hardest part for me about the end of Lost has been the people who are so angry at the show. To read that I personally wasted the last six years of your life, or to read that people think we lied to them — it’s very hurtful. It sucks to hear that.”
My interview with Lindelof and Cuse was conducted over lunch in Los Angeles in mid-July, a few days after Lost was honored with 12 Emmy nominations, including a nod for Outstanding Drama. Matthew Fox, Terry O’Quinn, and Michael Emerson were all nominated for their acting, and Cuse and Lindelof were nominated for the script they wrote for “The End.” Over the course of 90 minutes, the producers addressed various aspects of the final season, from Cuse’s joy in writing John Locke to Lindelof’s personal identification with Jack Shephard’s flawed character. What was most meaningful to me was hearing the producers speak, with great emotion, about how their relationships with their fathers influenced the writing of Lost and especially the last scenes of the series. No, they didn’t offer answers to specific unresolved mysteries. But they did discuss why they wanted to leave many things unresolved, and they respond to the charge that failing to offer resolution was seen by some as a creative cop-out. They talked about a lot of other things, too, not all of which is represented in the magazine space. In the coming weeks, I’ll share more of my interview with them in my last few Doc Jensen/Lost columns, which you can expect toward the end of the month. It will include, at long last, the conclusion of my final theory of Lost (and how the movie Inception completely messed it all up) and my full report about my trip to the set of “The End.”
There’s other Lost stuff in the new issue of EW besides the Cuse/Lindelof interview. Not long ago, I managed to get my hands on the forthcoming season 6 DVD set, and so you’ll get a preview of its many extras, including the 12-minute epilogue to the series, “The New Man In Charge.” I’ve seen it, and I have much to say about it — but I’ll wait until the DVD hits so we can share one last Lost geek-out together. In the meantime, there’s a sneak peek that just hit the Web via Access Hollywood. You can watch it right here, right now. For everyone who wanted an answer to the season 2 palette drop mystery — mystery solved!
But wait until you see the Hydra Station orientation video…
More to come. Namaste!