'Lost' creators discuss controversial finale

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Mark Daniell, QMI Agency

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Some of the castaways and creators of Lost had a 10th anniversary reunion Sunday night at PaleyFest 2014 in Hollywood and after years of silence, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse discussed the series’ controversial finale in 2010.

The pair also talked about storylines they hated (Nikki and Paulo) and answered the question: Were they dead all along? Below are some highlights as reported by Deadline and Entertainment Weekly – warning, spoilers ahead so if you plan on watching Lost, stop reading now.

The castaways weren’t ghosts, silly: “They were not dead the whole time,” Cuse confirmed. Okay, so that totally just ruined my understanding of the show. Now I have to start at the beginning all over again.

The unresolved plot points are like the ‘big bang’: “We just didn’t feel like there was a way to answer all the open questions without it being didactic and boring,” Cuse said. “Tell us what happened to the characters. We care much more about what happened to them.” I’m okay with ambiguity, so the fact that not everything was tied up neatly didn’t bother me.

Turns out, you weren’t the only ones who hated Nikki and Paulo: “We started writing these characters, and as soon as we got into the editing room, we [knew they weren't working].” So they decided to bury the characters alive in the episode Expose in season three. “We were already hating Nikki and Paulo ourselves.” I always thought it was a bit weird to throw two of the background characters into the spotlight.

Producers still feel the finale works: “Lost was metaphorically about lost people looking for meaning in their lives,” Cuse said. “The ending had to be a spiritual one that explained these characters’ journey and destiny.” I have to admit, I was puzzled – and yeah, I thought it hinted they were dead all along – but the finale, aptly titled The End, was pretty moving.

Before they got underway, panel host Paul Scheer asked audience members not to ask anything about the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. “Let’s not have questions about that because they won’t be in good taste.”

For more highlights, head over to EW.com and Deadline.

 


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