Q& A WITH THE PRODUCERS
If you hadn’t twigged to it by now, Lost is not one of those shows you can catch every once in a while. No, if you’re not paying close attention to what’s happening ( and what’s been happening over the past five seasons), there’s a very good chance you’ll be feeling a little … well, lost.
Take what’s going on in Lost’s sixth and final season, for instance. To wrap up the saga of Oceanic Flight 815 and its passengers, the makers of the show have introduced the concept of parallel worlds – one where the flight never crashed at all, another that brings an array of characters from different eras together on the island.
Yeah, you’ve definitely got to have your wits about you if you’re going to keep up with Lost. But maybe executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof can help.
How long had these plot developments for the sixth season of Lost been in the
Cuse: Since the very beginning of the show, characters started crossing through each other’s stories. Part of our desire in season six is to show that there’s still this kind of weave, that these characters still would have impacted each other’s lives even without the event of crashing on the island. Obviously, the big question of the season is going to be: How do these two timelines reconcile? Lindelof: Right out of the gate, in the first five minutes of the premiere, you get hit over the
So what’s the outcome for these two parallel realities? Will they merge together? Will they cancel each other out?
Lindelof: For us, the big risk that we’re taking in the final season of the show is basically this very question. This is the critical mystery of the season, which is ‘ What is the relationship between these two shows?’ And we don’t use the phrase ‘ alternate reality’, because to call one of them an alternate reality is to infer that one of them isn’t real or one of them is real and the other is the alternate to being real. Cuse: I think those are all the kind of speculations that are the right speculations to be having at this point. What are we to make of the fact that they’re showing us two different timelines? Are they going to connect? Lindelof: It is going to require patience.