Lost was really one of the first shows of a new generation of television. The kind of show which drew in massive audiences each week, was watched religiously by fans and discussed around water-coolers, university campuses and bars everywhere.
But did you know Lost first started 10 years ago! That's enough to make any mid-twenties-pop-culture-consumer feel very old. To celebrate this, Lost recently held a 10th Anniversary reunion with Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Jorge Garcia, Emilie de Ravin, Ian Somerhalder, Maggie Grace, Nestor Carbonell, Henry Ian Cusick, and Malcolm David Kelley. They were also joined by the shows creators, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
It seems that some fans still haven't quite figured out the controversial ending of the show, as many of the questions the creators received regarded the finale. Here's a quick recap of some of the questions and answers.
When asked if the characters on Lost were dead the entire time, Cuse replied:
No, no, no. They were not dead the whole time.
If this was the case, then what did the empty plane crash at the end of the finale symbolize? Cuse replied:
At the end of the series finale, ABC thought it would be good to have a buffer between when you have the end of the show and when they cut to say, a Clorox commercial. We didn’t have a lot of extra footage lying around, but we had footage of the plane wreckage on the beach. We thought, let’s put those shots 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.
Lindelof also addressed suggestions the island acted as purgatory. He stated:
There was a very early perception that the island was purgatory and we were always out there saying ‘It’s not purgatory, this is real, we’re not going to Sixth Sense you.
However, Cuse reiterated that in the final church scenes, the entire gang are indeed very dead:
Very early on we had decided that even though Lost is a show about people on the island. Really, metaphorically, it was about people who were lost and searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. And because of that, we felt the ending really had to be spiritual, and one that talks about destiny. 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.
But what about the biggest mystery of all? Where exactly did that polar bear come from? Well, Cuse kind of side-stepped that question, saying:
We felt like Lost was sort of the Big Bang Theory and every question would only beget another question. But what we cared about most was the emotional journey of each character.
So, there you go, I'm not entirely sure if that makes the ending better or worse. Personally, I wasn't too keen on the ending of Lost, although to be honest, I had lost interest in the show several seasons before the finale. I just kept on watching out of some bizarre sense of obligation to the amount of time I'd actually invested in the it.
What do you think? Did you like the ending of Lost, or did it ruin the entire show? Let us know below.
Source: Radio Times