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“Wow, I think he’s pretty destroyed, so I think he’s going to be back to all of that growth just kind of ripped away,” Holloway said in a group interview. “He’s going to be a bit salty, which I’m looking forward to. I’m not really sure. All I know is he’s destroyed and has given up on life again having any positive lessons. So watch out.”
“That’ll be a tricky line to play, actually, because it’s a tricky line with hating life now again with everything gone and what he’s already learned. Whether you like it or not, your soul grows. So I think he’s going to be walking that line of completely salty, yet you’ll see some inkling of heartbreak in there, maybe. Maybe hopefully some redemption in the end, something will come through. Me and Hurley will hook up and live happily ever after.”
Resolution for Sawyer was temporary with Juliet. Now he’s only got 16 more episodes to find it again. “I think she was his redemption, so he’s starting over with some growth that he can’t deny,” he said. “So he won’t really start over, but he’ll start over from that point. She was his redemption. That was his only real, in his world, his only real shot at a love that might work, not just a volatile love that him and Kate have. He just has to accept life as it is and not turn everything into ‘Yeah, I told you so.’ That growth is going to have to settle in and not be forgotten just because of the tragedy that’s happened. I hope that’s his journey through this last season, is from hate and negativity to finally resolve in the end, that it wasn’t all for nothing. That’s what I hope.”
And one thing we do know for sure is that Elizabeth Mitchell will indeed be back for the final season! Does this mean that Juliet and Sawyer will be reunited?
In the press room, I asked Josh Holloway if fans would be seeing more of tough Sawyer from the early seasons or his more vulnerable, romantic side in hopes of tricking him into an answer . He shared, “It will be a tricky line to play. I think he will walk the line of completely salty yet you’ll see some inkling of heartbreak in there. And maybe some redemption in the end.”
Interviewer: “We just found out Juliet’s going to be back for next season do you know how it’s going to work?”
JH: “Yes, I don’t know, that’s something crazy. What are they talking about now? No idea. Maybe she’ll be this beautiful angel that appears and they can have this this erotic…I don’t know. But it will be brilliant, They’re smart those guys. They’ll figure it out.”
Inteviewer: “There’s been a debate amongst fans on who Sawyer should be with. Should he be with Kate or should he be with Juliet. What is Josh Holloway’s take?
JH: “Well I’m married to someone more like Kate. She’s more volitile. There’s pros and cons. Uh…both are valid. And in my life there’s a bit of both. (long pause) As I get older I’ll check back with you”
Josh Holloway from the Lost press panel: “I think Juliet was Sawyer’s redemption and his only real shot at love that might work.“
In the press roundtables after the panel, we got a chance to talk to Josh Holloway, who plays Sawyer, and he said we won’t be seeing any more of the heroic leader that Sawyer became in the previous season:
I’m ready to get back to [being the] salty dog so that’s good. Now that he’s lost Juliet, I think the leader/hero thing is gone. He doesn’t give a crap to be anyone’s leader any more. He’s back to “Everything sucks,” and maybe during the season someone can [redeem him again and] bring him back from hell, because he’s in Hell.
But wait a second — didn’t the producers just say Juliet would be back in the final season? We pressed Holloway to explain the contradiction, and he tried to shrug it off. Then he said:
Maybe she’ll be this beautiful angel that appears [to him] and he can have this erotic [vision]. (Laughs)
This is from Jennifer Crap Goodwin’s twitter (E!ONLINE):
Holloway says Sawyer’s leader days are over and Sawyer’s state of mind post-Juliet is “destroyed.” He will be “salty” and angry again.
Josh was most excited to hear the news that Elizabeth Mitchell would be back in some way.
“Juliet coming back is exciting,” he says. But if Juliet returns only as a corpse, Josh says it would have a horrible effect on Sawyer. “It would destroy him. It would bring him right back to where he started. I love that idea of ripping off all his growth and getting back to Sawyer, the salty dog. But I imagine then he’ll have to get back to wanting to live again.”
Marie in San Antonio, Calif.: Lost!
We asked Josh Holloway about Sawyer’s state of mind following the events of the Lost finale, and he said: “I think he’s pretty destroyed. All of that growth got ripped away. I think he’s gonna be a bit salty again, which I’m looking forward to. All I know is that he’s destroyed and has given up on life again and on having any positive lessons. So watch out!” (We love mature Sawyer, but vincenty Sawyer is damn fun too.)
On how it felt for Sawyer to be a hero:
Odd and a bit uncomfortable, but funny enough, it kind of just happened that season because I had a newborn on the way, my focus was split, so I didn’t really even realize it was happening because I was working so much and I was just thinking, “Man, Sawyer talks a lot in the 70s. What’s wrong with this guy? He’s lippy!” (laughs) But as the season developed, I was like, oh, okay, I see kind of where this is going, because they never let us know where it is going, it just kind of happens. But it’s been a great exploration. It’s been a lot of fun, and they’ve really allowed me such opportunities to explore different avenues and different perspectives from which he comes, so this is a different perspective, and more of a humane side of him. So that was an interesting exploration, but I’m ready to get back to salty dog, so it’s good. Now that he’s lost Juliet, I think the leader/hero thing is gone. I think he doesn’t give a crap to be anyone’s leader at this point. He’s heartbroken, he’s back to “the world sucks,” and maybe throughout the season, someone can redeem him again and bring him back from hell. Because right now, he’s in hell.
On Juliet coming back or not coming back in the sixth season:
Note: It was revealed in the “Lost” panel Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) would be returning in the sixth season for a few episodes, but above Holloway referred to Sawyer as having lost Juliet.
Yeah, I don’t know, ask those crazy people (creators Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof), what are they talking about now? No idea. Maybe she’ll be this beautiful angel that appears and they can have this erotic—maybe (laughs). I don’t know how they’re going to do that, but it will be brilliant. They’re smart, those guys, so they’ll figure it out.
On who Sawyer should be with: Kate or Juliet:
Well I married someone more like Kate, so I guess they’d more volatile than everything being rosy and good like it was with Juliet and I. Both are valid and actually, in my life, I like both, but yeah, maybe as I get older I’ll chill out like he was with Juliet (laughs).
And I think this (youtube) is pretty interesting too because he talks about Sawyer and Juliet and Elizabeth.