The ‘Lost’ bosses and several cast members populated the panel discussion at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where they shared veiled teases at what the supernatural saga’s final 18 hours have in store.
“The premiere is definitely like, ‘What? Wait. What? Let me read that part again,'” said Jorge Garcia, who plays Hurley.
Added Emilie de Ravin (Claire), who is back as a series regular: “I had to read [the premiere script] about three times before it made sense.”
Encapsulating his cast’s comments, series cocreator Damon Lindelof had to quip, “Get ready to scratch your heads, America!”
Indeed, the ‘Lost’ panel revealed next-to-nothing about the last season, other than that the premiere picks up immediately after the events of the Season 5 finale, in which Juliet seemingly detonated a hydrogen bomb. Executive producer Carlton Cuse did spill one piece of casting news, though: Cynthia Watros will return as Libby, a character killed off several seasons back.
“Finally your Libby questions will be answered,” Cuse declared. Deadpanned Lindelof, “No, they will not.”
Other than that, we shall remain completely in the dark until the first promo revealing new footage from the coming season airs shortly before the two-hour opener, on Tuesday, February 2.
Cuse sums up the final season’s offerings as follows: “A healthy cocktail of answers, mystery, good character resolutions, and a few surprises.”
And if you were hoping that series finale might leave the door open for, say, a Kate-centric spin-off or some other sort of offshoot, prepare to be disappointed.
“We are definitely ending this story of these characters and the story we want to tell,” Cuse said. “The story of ‘Lost’ is coming to a close.”
And on the producers’ own terms, since the end date was established two years ago. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime or -career experience,” said Lindelof. “For a network to let us end it like this is such a gift.”