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[SPOILER ALERT: Mega-spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched last night’s Lost — and if you haven’t, why are you here?]

Okay, are we all on the same page now? Good.

My first response: Oh. My. God. My jaw was on the floor at the end of last night’s episode. After all the odd tangents (Jack has a sister? Is the bar where Ana Lucia left Jack’s dad the same place he met Sawyer?) and all the blatant plugs for spinoff product (the Hanso commercial, the unpublished novel Bad Twin that Sawyer was reading, coming soon to a bookstore near you), the last minute of the episode shocked me but good.

I guess I should have suspected that The Others let Michael go for a reason; maybe they’ve brainwashed him, Manchurian Candidate-style, so that he’d lead the castaways into an ambush. Or maybe he’s just gone completely off the reservation in his effort to rescue Walt and will do anything to spark a war — including killing two women, shooting himself in the arm, and making it look like Henry was responsible. Also, while I was expecting a death, I thought it would come in the finale.

I wasn’t expecting Ana Lucia to die, especially not when it seemed her character was becoming more complex. (Manipulating Sawyer with sex? Eww! Curbing her trigger-happy ways? Oh, the irony — if she’d followed through and killed Henry, she wouldn’t have given the gun to Michael, and she’d still be alive.)

And I wasn’t expecting two major deaths — that’s a 24 level of bloodlust on the producers’ part. Speaking of the producers, TV Guide’s Michael Ausiellohas the scoop from Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse on thedecision-making process behind last night’s kill-off. The producers sayMichelle Rodriguez had only wanted to be on the show for a year anyway,so the plan had always been to kill her off at the end of this season.The DUI had nothing to do with it, and neither did fan antipathy towardRodriguez and her character. They also deny reports that she wasdifficult on the set — so that wasn’t a factor either, they say.

As for the fate of Cynthia Watros’ Libby (there’s a slim possibilityshe could still be alive; in the preview for next week’s episode, Katesays, ”She’s dead,” not ”They’re dead”), Ausiello is sitting onthat scoop until next week, but given the recent news that Watros isshooting a CBS pilot as a ”guest star,” it’s a safe bet that Libbydidn’t survive the shooting either.

Unlike all the Ana Lucia hatas out there, I’ll miss her for herfeistiness (and her tank top). I’ll miss Libby too, especially since Ican’t see anyone else cozying up to Hurley. Damn, he really is unlucky.

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