It’s been ten years since Lost premiered on ABC, and last night members of the cast joined showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse for a PaleyFest reunion. It might seem kind of ridiculous that they still have to answer questions about the series finale almost four years after it aired, but they do. Except the big thing they explained last night didn’t really need to be explained… or so I thought. I hate to be all “no duh guys,” but did people seriously interpret that ending to mean the characters had been dead the whole time?
Apparently they did, because the producers wanted to be clear that the characters were not dead for the entire series, and the island was not purgatory. Apparently the footage of the plane wreckage at the very end of the finale was interpreted to mean the characters had died in the crash:
“We thought, let’s put those shots [of the plane wreckage] at the end of the show and it will be a little buffer and lull. And when people saw the footage of the plane with no survivors, it exacerbated the problem.”
The series ending featured all the characters dead and meeting each other in heaven. But that was not meant to imply that they’d been dead since the plane crash, just that they had all died by the end of the series:
“But the characters definitely survived the plane crash and really were on a very real island. At the very end of the series, though? Yep, they were all dead when they met up in heaven for the final ‘church’ scene.”
I was a devoted viewer of the show from the very beginning, and I was always one of those people who told off detractors by insisting the writers knew exactly where they were going and would explain everything by the end. And then when they didn’t, I looked like a moron. The finale pissed me off, but not because I thought they’d gone with the “they’ve been dead the whole time” angle. It was because they didn’t actually answer the questions they promised to answer by the end. Sure, it was nice that they gave the characters themselves some closure, and sure it made me cry. But I still don’t entirely understand what and where the island was and why the characters were there, which is why I kept watching the show.
The showrunners continue to act like the most important part of the series was the characters’ story arcs. Sorry, but that’s a total cop-out and they know it. Cuse said they wanted the ending to be “spiritual”:
“We would have long discourses about the nature of the show, for many years, and we decided it needed to mean something to us and our belief system and the characters and how all of us are here to lift each other up in our lives.”
Ugh, that’s fine, be spiritual and metaphorical and corny. BUT WHY DIDN’T YOU ALSO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS?! WE HAVE TO GO BACK! 4 8 15 16 23 42.