Why producers killed off Sun, Jin, and Sayid

By EW Staff
Updated May 07, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Still cursing the producers for killing off Sun, Jin, and Sayid? Here’s why they did it.

Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse suspect you just might be hating their guts right now. How dare the exec producers down Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Sun (Yunjin Kim) in a sinking submarine! How dare they make the Korean couple’s daughter Ji Yeon an orphan! And how dare they kill Sayid (Naveen Andrews)! So what if he died a heroic death by trying to smother the Locke-ness Monster’s bomb? He’s Sayid! We love him! Why did they have to die? WHY? ”Because now you know this show is willing and capable of killing anyone,” says Lindelof. And why is that so important? To establish once and for all that the Locke-ness Monster (Terry O’Quinn) is the true villain of season 6 and quite possibly all of Lost. ”There is no ambiguity,” says Cuse. ”He is evil and he has to be stopped.”

Cuse and Lindelof had other reasons for killing the trio, too — reasons that will become apparent by the time Lost fades to black on May 23. ”Still, it’s bittersweet,” says Yunjin Kim. ”They were kept separate for so long, and then they come together to die together.” Adds Daniel Dae Kim: ”They were the Romeo and Juliet of the show, and the fact that they didn’t have a happy ending does make me sad.” But he says the actors were kept comfortable while shooting their watery death: ”Shooting in the water is never easy, but the crew was considerate and made the water warm for us, in more ways than one.” Now, that‘s evil.