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Carlton Cuse on LOST

Published February 2, 2010 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of ABC
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If you really want answers about a show you’ve got to go to the producers. With Lost, even the producers can’t tell you what’s going to happen. Producer Carlton Cuse tried to whet our appetites for the final season of Lost.

Carlton Cuse Not as Lost

“The season premiere picks up right after the finale, and we really don't want to say too much about it,” Cuse said. “We've obviously been very circumspect about the sixth season, and primarily because there's this big cliffhanger. Juliet hits this bomb. There's a white flash. What happened? Jack and Faraday were postulating that that was going to reset the clock and the Oceanic 815 would fly along and land in Los Angeles. If she taps that bomb and something else happens, maybe they're still stuck on the island. We don't really want to kind of give away what the show is going to be this season, so that's why we've been very circumspect about what we said and why we haven't shown any new footage.”

So basically, when the show returns, you’ll have the same questions you had last year. Maybe even after the whole series ends. “Obviously not every question's going to be answered, so obviously, some people are going to be upset that those particular questions don't get resolved. We felt if we tried to just answer questions, it would be very pedantic.”

To be fair, drama isn’t about having all the answers. Just give us enough, please. “Apart from that, we also really embrace this notion that there's a fundamental sort of sense of mystery that we all have in our lives, and certainly that is a huge part of the lives of these characters, and to sort of demystify that by trying to literally explain everything down to the last little sort of midichlorian of it all would be a mistake in our view. So I think there would be, hopefully, a kind of healthy cocktail of answers, mystery, good character resolutions and some surprises.”

Trust them. They’ve had this planned all along, right? “I mean, we came up with the final image of the show a long time ago back when we were first plotting out the mythology in the first season, and then we started adding elements to that as we went along. Between the first and the second season is when we cooked the mythology. We kind of knew what the end point was, but as you move towards the end point, you add elements. Obviously, the end is not yet written, and there are certain sort of mythological, architectural elements that are intact for that ending, but a lot of character stuff will get worked out as we go along. That's part of the discovery process of writing. For instance, Michael Emerson wasn't on the show at that point, and it's a fun process because we sort of have a concept of where we're going to end the show but there is still the process of actually executing it and there still is the process of discovery, particularly on a character level, that will come into play as we finish the show.”

Follow more of Fred’s TV observations on Twitter @FredTopel.

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