Fans at first ''Lost'' convention learn Season 2 secrets -- Claire, Hurley, and top producers spill spoilers to the mystified ''Losties'' in Burbank

For $189, you could have attended the first-ever Lost convention, held last weekend in Burbank, where you and a few hundred other ”Losties” could have met Jorge Garcia (who plays Hurley on the hit ABC series) and Emilie de Ravin (Claire), and where you could have learned some major Season 2 spoilers from two of the show’s top producers. Or, you could have waited until Tuesday, visited the Los Angeles Times’ website, and learned the spoilers for free. (Warning: If you want to wait until fall to learn more of the Lost island’s mysteries, do not read the rest of this article.)

According to the Times, which neglected to print a similar spoiler warning in its report, Lost executive producer Damon Lindelof and writer/producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach spilled the following beans:

  • During Season 2, the marooned Flight 815 passengers will find the tail section of the plane, as well as the survivors among those who were seated there. (Guess that’s where Michelle Rodriguez’s character, introduced during a flashback in the Season 1 finale, must have been sitting, since ABC has confirmed she’ll be a regular cast member in the new season.)
  • Less interesting than the revelation of what’s inside that underground hatch will be the effect it has on island guru John Locke (Terry O’Quinn).
  • Wounded in the finale’s pirate attack and abandoned in the ocean, hunky bad boy Sawyer (Josh Holloway) won’t die. ”But he did get shot, which means his shirt will be off in a future episode,” Lindelof said. ”And he’ll be wet.”
  • The pirates are, in fact, ”the others” on the island, about whom Rousseau (Mira Furlan) warned the castaways. Which means that the kidnapped boy Walt (Malcolm David Kelly) shouldn’t be too far away.

The producers also shot down some rumors and pet theories about the mysteries of the plane crash. ”The plane did not crash by accident,” Lindelof said. ”It crashed for a very specific reason.” He denied, however, that anyone on board the plane had caused the crash.

As for the island’s eerie metaphysics, Grillo-Marxuach recalled what he told a neighbor: that the castaways are not, in fact, all ghosts stuck in a tropical limbo. ”They’re not dead,” he told the neighbor, who replied, ”Really? Then why are their clothes so clean?”