The creators of Lost have ruled out any spin-offs into movies or comic books once the genre-bending show comes to an end next year.
At a Bafta event, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse said they owed it to US network ABC and the fans for the sixth series to tie up as many loose ends as possible.
Lindelof said: “We won’t be vague and ambiguous – there will be a lot of answers. We feel that if we hold anything back in the final season, it would be bad. Everyone’s come this far and they want a conclusion to the story. We’ve no plans to continue the story of Lost beyond series six. My wife says ‘never say never’. I say ‘never’.”
Talking about the pressures facing them as they prepared to enter production on the sixth and final series, they promised it would not feature the complex time travel elements of series five. Instead, it would feel “more like series one”, Cuse promised, adding: “There’s a circularity to the show.”
No happy ending
The pair have also ruled out a happy ending. “Bittersweet comes with the territory,” said Lindelof. “The ending we’re aspiring to is fair. As a viewer, whenever you have five minutes left, there’s an intense sadness. The ending of series six will be different from other finales because there will be no cliffhanger.”
Despite fans’ largely unsuccessful attempts to tease plotlines from the notoriously tight-lipped executive producers, Cuse let slip that the mysterious ‘smoke monster’ would become “an interesting character in and of itself”.
During pre-production on series three, Lindelof and Cuse took the unusual step of demanding a fixed number of series from ABC so that they could map out the plotlines.
Jack Bender, who directs episodes and also oversees the production team in Hawaii where much of the show is filmed, revealed that only once did ABC describe a scene as “too weird”.
The scene featured the character Hurley opening a cabin supposedly inhabited by the mysterious character of Jacob – only to see himself in there, sitting in a rocking chair.
Lindelof added: “The network was always nervous about Jacob, but when we got these notes, we were like, ‘Are you watching this show? You’ve just seen a giant pillar of smoke pick up a man and slam him against a tree!’ They don’t really intervene any more.”
The Lost team begin writing the final 18-part series on 13 July ahead of filming on 24 August. It will air from January to May next year, with filming due to wrap in April.
Sky 1 will again show the final series, though it has yet to confirm whether it will again be screened in the UK within days of the US broadcast.
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