Last week Lost showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof came together for a panel discussion with former cast members, to celebrate the ten years that have passed since the show debuted, at PaleyFest. Stars Josh Holloway, Ian Somerhalder, and Jorge Garcia shared stories from the set, as Cuse and Lindelof once again shot down the idea that the characters were dead the whole time. Other items discussed were how the original Pilot would of worked, how little each cast member knew about there own episode (Yunjin Kim, who played Sun Kwon, knew only that her character could understand English while shooting the first episode), and the Nikki and Paulo situation. Cuse then said something, which I completely agreed with.
“Lost was a show about people on an island in the middle of nowhere, but metaphorically they were lost in their lives [and in need of] purpose and redemption,” Cuse said to a packed Dolby Theater in Hollywood. This is something I realised long before the series final, titled “The End”, was shown on television sets all around the world. The flashbacks, which could sometimes take up to one third of an episode, weren’t there for no reason at all.
The series final, which was watched by 13.5 million households, left viewers with many questions regarding the events they had witnessed during the groups stay on the island. One in particular that was brought up was who was shooting at Sawyer and Juliet’s group while they were on a canoe out at seas, during the period of time when they were suffering another island time shift. The events occur in the season five episode “The Little Prince”. Lindelof reveals, that a scene was written for the finale season, which would of explained it, but thought it would be much cooler to keep it to himself. “We wrote that scene, and it was going to air in the final season, and it definitely answered who was on the outrigger. But all the writers … thought it would be much cooler not to answer. … The scene exists on paper. Years from now, for some excellent charity, we’ll probably auction it off.” Okay, I’m all for donating to charity, but can this auction be now so I can find this out. If it was important enough for someone to be shooting at Sawyer during the time shift, then it’s important enough to tell us why it was happening.
Cuse thinks answering every single mystery would be “didatic and boring”, but I beg to differ. As I said I understand the meaning of the show, but they also added a Sci-Fi element to the show to hook viewers in. If you’re going to grab our attention for six years, please explain what was happening. The first season averaged 18.4 million viewers, all hooked into what the monster was, and what was the purpose of the hatch, and how Locke could suddenly walk. Before the panel, Exodus (Part 1) was aired, which (along which the second part) I would class as, not only one of the best episodes of the show, but one of the best hours of television that I have witnessed. At the end of the second part,
M. C. Gainey as Tom, then credited as “Other”, delivers the chilling line, “We’re gonna have to take the boy”. Walt is snatched from his father’s arms, and the raft Walt, Michael, Sawyer, and Jin were traveling no his blown up. Twenty two days later in island time, Walt and Michael are reunited, and in exchange for Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley, they leave the island together. But it was never fully explain why the Others wanted Walt. I know they will most likely never answer every little question that each individual fan has, but I’m dying to know this one.