With only 28 days remaining until the sixth season of Lost premieres, showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse discuss what they hope to accomplish with the last 18 hours of their sprawling castaway tale. Once the finale airs, they will not be doing interviews to rehash or clarify–both will go off to undisclosed locations for some much-needed (and well-earned) rest.
While they are vague on the storylines for the upcoming season, Cuse and Lindelof talked with The Hollywood Reporter about how they think fans will react to the series conclusion. They know that people have a tendency to judge how satisfying the end of a show is by the last episode alone, but they want people to think about the finale (which the two of them will write and Jack Bender will direct) in the broader picture of what has come before.
When asked what the tone of Season six would be, Cuse replied, “We feel tonally it’s most similar to the first season of the show. We’re employing a different narrative device, which we feel is creating some emotional and heartfelt stories, and we want the audience to have a change in the final season to remember the entire history of the show. So we have actors coming back like Dominic [Monaghan] and Ian [Somerhalder]. We’re hoping to achieve a circularity of the entire journey so the ending is reminiscent of the beginning.”
Over the past five years, viewers have seen Lost employ flashbacks, flashforwards, and time-travel shifts, so we will have to wait to see what new narrative device they are talking about, although Cuse jokes that it will be musical numbers. None of the promos leading up to the premiere contain new footage because they want people to dwell on the cliffhanger of “The Incident” and wonder what will happen as a result of Juliet hitting the bomb.
Ultimately, the most important thing that Cuse and Lindelof wanted to do with the final season was to give resolution to the characters. Their story arcs had a beginning and a middle, and they will have an end. Looking back on the work they have done on the show, they have no regrets. Sure, there were some episodes that weren’t so great–that weren’t well-written or didn’t move the story forward–but those episodes brought them to a place where ABC recognized that Lost needed an end date, which revitalized the story.
It was all part of the journey, and now they are both excited for the fans to finally see what they have been moving towards all along. As for future projects, Lindelof remarks, “The idea of going back into the fray Brett Favre-style is not alluring to us.” When they do get back to work, Cuse says that he is ready to exercise some different creative muscles, whereas Lindelof says that he wants to rip off other successful shows, perhaps “a show about vampires that work in an ad agency and one is a serial killer.”
“Especially if the lead character is also cooking meth,” adds Cuse.
Knowing what great storytellers those guys are, there would be plenty of people who would actually watch that. Whatever they do next, Lost has made a definite impact on television, and we will be seeing its legacy for years to come.