Earlier in the evening, I was at AMC Oakview to watch a live event on the big screen. It was a live interview, conducted by a New York Times editor, with Lost creators Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it did not disappoint. Especially when we were shown a scene from Sunday’s finale.
It was hard to write in a darkened movie theater, but I managed to take notes. Some of the answers provided are things you probably already know. I’ll embed clips of the clips they showed, if I can find them. I’ll put spoilers and clues about the finale at the end of the post.
- They’ve been talking about the ending for awhile. Compared it to planning your own funeral. As fans, what is it they want to see in it.
- Spiritual quality to final season.
- Made the best ending we could. There is possibility of disappointment, which makes is exciting. You don’t go on a first date and the first question you ask is, “Am I going to be disappointed by this date”?
- Cast has no input in how their characters will be resolved. Cast never knew what was coming. It helps them to be in the present with the characters.
- Sense of finality for them watching the finale during the scoring session.
- Community around Lost is extraordinary.
- They have distinguished approach to storytelling. Whereas another show might show tension in Swan Station scene by trying to analyze how to stop the clock, we show tension of Jack v Locke.
- Locke’s plea, in Swan Station, played on Jack’s speech of “Live together, die alone”. The idea of pushing a button in the hatch is ridiculous, but if Locke could convince Jack than the audience would believe.
- Faith v Empiricism, and what are the costs and consequences of faith?
- Final season brings you back to the first season. Obvious scene of this is in the episode “Across The Sea” when it flashes back to Jack, Kate and Locke finding “Adam & Eve”.
- Sideways story line was a way to re-explore characters like in season one.
- End of show has stayed the same. Between season one and two we planned out mythology. In between seasons we have writer’s minicamps where season is planned. Organic things do develop and are written in. The big myth was laid out early, though.
- People want to know we have a plan, but also want to know the fans have impacted the show.
- Big mistake in creating Nikki and Paulo. We can cover small mistakes.
- Fans wondered about Hurley not losing weight, so we wrote a scene that covered it. He had a stash of DHARMA ranch dressing.
- Nikki and Paulo were introduced because there was no end date in sight. Compared to grocery shopping when hungry, you buy stuff you don’t need. Fans thought we didn’t have a right to introduce these characters after having invested two seasons with everyone else. (My commentary, then why did Juliet work?)
- Collaborative effort with writing. Leverage commercial breaks with writing. Everyone is pitching ideas all the time. Community of collaboration gave character’s life.
- Tone of writer’s room was like jury deliberations.
(Ending scene of “The Constant” was then played. I couldn’t find a clip to embed. Click here to watch it.)
- It took five weeks to write “The Constant”. Usual episode is one to two weeks. Reason is it was first time tackling time travel issues.
- Had to find emotional cue of episode with consciousness time-traveling.
- Characters are solo acts and need each other to get over their stuff.
- Mathematics has constants, but here it is a person. Not just what is the hatch/monster, but also who is the hatch/monster?
- Hardest plot choice is killing the characters. Charlie was difficult, even though it was part of grand construct. And, it had been foreshadowed throughout season three.
- The stakes are real. It’s not like CSI: Miami where a lead character is in a threatening situation, but you know they’ll ultimately be safe.
- It’s tough because when you talk to actor about why their character is dying, all they are thinking is, “I’m fired”.
- When Walt’s voice started to change late in season one, Walt had to get on the raft stat.
- Dialog between Hurley and Miles represented the writer’s room.
- Tried to anticipate the questions the audience would be asking.
- ABC Executive upon hearing the pitch for season five. “Whatever”.
- Tailor the character to the actor.
- (Michael Emerson, and then Jorge Garcia, appear on stage.)
- It’s delicious to write for Ben.
- (Michael Emerson’s favorite character) I’m partial to Mr. Eko.
- What are the rules? Are the rules breakable? (In response to why the smoke monster was trying to drag Locke down a hole in season one finale.)
- Show provided opportunity to illuminate on faith.
- Can we trust Widmore? It doesn’t matter what a character says, what matters is what is shown.
- Walt was special, but there are different kinds of special. Hurley can see dead people, Miles can hear the dead. Walt was so special he was threatening to The Others.
- Contractually have to list actors at beginning of episode. Can’t get around that being a spoiler.
- Garden of Eden is only interesting once man arrives and screws it up. Biblical story to tell of man in ecosystem.
- Part of storytelling…is Jacob bad? Like Bible and God? How can we trust? It’s not book that matters, it’s what’s inside your heart.
- Only one ending to Lost. Want the show to speak for itself. Let the show live.
- “As a fan, I think I got it”. (Jorge Garcia when asked if he got the finale.)
- Eloise is helpful in explaining things. Someone on the show who can provide answers. She’s built up trust.
- Like life you don’t get a rule book with answers to everything.
CLUES & SPOILERS TO FINALE (Unless you don’t want to know anything, read on.)
- Spiritual quality to final episode.
- Characters will be resolved.
- Lot of characters in the penultimate scene.
- Faith v Empiricism, represented in Locke and Jack in season two scene, comes to a conclusion in finale.
- Star Wars reference in first seven minutes of finale.
- Walt will be in the finale.
- Faith will be illuminated on more in finale.
- “You got to lift it up, brotha'”, Desmond’s line to Jack, will be revisited in finale.
Scene shown from finale (I’ll do my best to remember.) – Man In Black is back at the well, looking for Desmond. Sawyer is watching him from a distance. Ben pulls a gun on Sawyer and brings him over to Man In Black. Man In Black and Sawyer talk about Desmond being gone and Man In Black’s endgame. It is to sink The Island and thus kill the candidates. Sawyer tells him they aren’t candidates anymore, inferring someone has taken the role. He then hits Ben, takes the gun, and leaves. Ben is angry because he was promised The Island by Man In Black. He realizes The Island will be no more. He asks how he can escape if The Island is sunk. Man In Black promises him a spot on a boat that he’ll use to leave, along with Desmond. Man In Black then looks at the ground and notices a paw print. “A dog was here”. (Guessing we’ll be seeing Vincent again.)
And that was it. Three days away till the finale…