You Losties are amazing —188 responses, most of those containing multiple questions for the show’s honchos, Carlton Cuse (left, below) and Damon Lindelof. Let me tell you, it was no easy task to whittle those queries down to 20 to send to the guys. Of those 20, each showrunner picked five to answer.
We didn’t want to leave anyone out, but Damon and Carlton agreed to answer 10. Rest assured we made every
effort to combine as many similar questions as possible so that we
would represent the most-asked questions. That said, if your question
began with “Will we ever see…?”, it didn’t make the cut since the guys
were explicit in not wanting to reveal future plot points.
With season five down to just a couple of episodes before the two-hour finale on May 13, the “Lost” scribes have been piling on the revelations (Castaways worked for the Dharma Initiative back in 1977! Ben actually saved Rousseau’s daughter!) and filling in backstories at breakneck pace (Glimpses of Charles Widmore in his prime have been eye-opening, and last week's episode on Miles' history was a retro gem). The time-travel aspect has been smartly fleshed out, with Hurley and Miles debating its rules in comic style. And Damon and Carlton have revealed via podcast the chosen name for the season finale’s key scene (The Fork in the Outlet).
The “Lost” showrunners have been busy this season, locking in the show’s core characters and throughlines, keeping track of elaborate continuity (witness the kerfuffle over Charlotte's age) and laying the groundwork for a grand wrap-up of all the show’s mysteries in season six. It’s rare for a TV series with such an intricate and serialized storyline to maintain such rabid fan interest and confidence in the storytelling, but Damon and Carlton clearly bring their own rich appreciation of drama, sci-fi and genre to the endeavor, as reflected in their ongoing love for the Stephen King universe and Damon co-writing the sequel to Par’s upcoming reboot of “Star Trek.” It’s clear from their responses to your questions that they’re both showrunners and fans themselves, and that “Lost” proves an iconic favorite.
UPDATE: The winner of the signed DVD set is (drumroll…) Derek, who asked the first part of the question about the predetermined end date. The scribes couldn't pick a favorite question and neither could we so we put everyone's name in a hat and picked a winner that way. Congratulations Derek! DVD will be along to you shortly.
Thanks for the spectacular response and enjoy the answers. Here we go:
When the show is all said and done, how do you want the show to be
remembered … and about 20 years after the show has ended would you both
be willing to be involved in the remake/relaunch of “Lost,” and if so,
what would you do differently? What has the show taught you? (Combined Ramsey Lawson and Jon P.)
DL: I think our hope is that looking back on the entire run of the show, that people remember the EXPERIENCE of watching it — what it actually felt like to be mystified and frustrated and surprised — as opposed to just where it landed storywise. When all is said and done, we’ll have consumed six years of our fans’ lives and our greatest wish is that they look back on that time and feel that it was all worth it. As far as whether we’ll want to revisit “Lost” 20 years from now, the answer is probably no… though it would be pretty cool to see what someone else might come up with!