Jj Abrams On The Ending Of Lost

Bandar CemeWith ΓÇ£Lost,ΓÇ¥ because you knew what (executive producers) Damon [Lindelof] and Carlton [Cuse] were going to be doing, as the selesai season was playing out, were there moments of real excitement and joy, as you learned what was going to happen?

JJ: With this season, theyΓÇÖre doing some amazing, intricate stuff thatΓÇÖs really unexpected and very different, in a lot of ways. The way that itΓÇÖs going to conclude is consistent with their unbelievable track record of brilliant storytelling, thatΓÇÖs really surprising in ways that are mind-bending, which is the thing about the show that I think theyΓÇÖve done so wonderfully.

Is the end of the series what you thought it would be, from the beginning?

JJ: Oh, no way! No. There are little threads and elements, here and there, but truthfully, when we started it, we didnΓÇÖt know exactly what was in the hatch. We had ideas, but we didnΓÇÖt know to what extent it would be. The notion of The Others was there, but we didnΓÇÖt know exactly what that would mean. Damon hadnΓÇÖt come up with the idea of flash forwards yet. To see where we are and what theyΓÇÖve created is insanely gratifying and itΓÇÖs something that no one could have predicted, at the beginning of it. The evolution of it is really part of their glorious experiment of taking a show that we were all, at the beginning, saying, ΓÇ£How do you make this a series?,ΓÇ¥ and to see what Damon and Carlton have done is amazing to me.

You had the idea for the basis of it though, right?

JJ: There were a lot of ideas, but the specificity with which the thing played out was part of that leap of faith that it was going to work. That doesnΓÇÖt mean that you plan everything out. You have big ideas, but when the better bigger ideas show up, you go with them.

What have you learned from ΓÇ£LostΓÇ¥ that you can take to other genre shows?

JJ: ΓÇ£LostΓÇ¥ is a special example. ItΓÇÖs hard to know. You could say that you shouldnΓÇÖt get too intricately serialized because, at a certain point, itΓÇÖs difficult. But, the truth is, I donΓÇÖt know if Lost would have worked, if it had been anything else, and I donΓÇÖt know how you would apply that to another show.

If the minutia and mythology hadnΓÇÖt worked with the viewers, would you have tried to change ΓÇ£Lost,ΓÇ¥ or would you have just walked away?

JJ: ItΓÇÖs hard to imagine the alternate universe version of ΓÇ£LostΓÇ¥ where you think, ΓÇ£Oh, thatΓÇÖs the version that is the other way to tell the story.ΓÇ¥ It really does feel like the trajectory that was started had no obvious place to go. Over time, they created this amazing narrative that is really just a result of that leap of faith and trusting that the characters will tell us what the show is, as much as anything. Damon and Carlton really did an amazing job.

With ABC announcing an end-date so far in advance, did that help immeasurably, in terms of the storytelling?

JJ: ThatΓÇÖs something that Damon and Carlton insisted upon. They said, ΓÇ£Tell us how fast weΓÇÖre running, so that we know what the end-game is and where the finish line is.ΓÇ¥ If you donΓÇÖt know whether itΓÇÖs 10 seasons or 6 seasons, youΓÇÖre spinning your wheels. IΓÇÖm thrilled to see billboards that say, ΓÇ£The Final Season.ΓÇ¥ You donΓÇÖt see that very often. To know that itΓÇÖs a show thatΓÇÖs going to end on its terms means that there will be a sense of inevitability to it, and not a sense of a series reacting to a marketplace or a viewership. ItΓÇÖs really cool.

How satisfying do you think this selesai season will be for those who have followed the show since the beginning?

JJ: I think it will be really bittersweet. While I think it will be very satisfying, I also think itΓÇÖs going to be the end of something that, for the cast and everyone involved, has been a magical ride. So, the idea that itΓÇÖs ending is a little sad, but itΓÇÖs much better to end this way than to have it be, ΓÇ£You should have ended two years ago.ΓÇ¥ I believe it will be a satisfying ending, for sure.

Source: Full Interview @ Collider

Live Blogging From The Lost Tca Press Tour

Bandar Ceme OnlineUpdate: 17:55 They have also confirmed that we will get some new images before the premiere.
Update: 17:50 Only spoilers so far that I can work out is the confirmation that both Michael and Libby will be back

Thanks to SL-Lost for setting this up. I’m posting it in spoilers in case any spoilers come out during the talks.

Panel is now over. You can replay/review all the posts below.

Live Blogging From The Lost Tca Press Tour

Bandar Ceme OnlineUpdate: 17:55 They have also confirmed that we will get some new images before the premiere.
Update: 17:50 Only spoilers so far that I can work out is the confirmation that both Michael and Libby will be back

Thanks to SL-Lost for setting this up. I’m posting it in spoilers in case any spoilers come out during the talks.

Panel is now over. You can replay/review all the posts below.

How Will Lost End?

Menang CemeThe show’s stars offer teases about the May 23rd series finale

With the recent deaths of Sun, Jin, Sayid and Charles Widmore, not to mention KateΓÇÖs shooting and RichardΓÇÖs projection by Smokey into the jungle, I was starting to worry that none of my favorite Lost characters were going to end up with happy endings. But IΓÇÖve found new hope after several of the showΓÇÖs stars offered me some encouraging teases about the ABC dramaΓÇÖs two and a half hour May 23 series wrap-up.

When I asked Scotty Caldwell, who plays Rose, to pick her favorite death scene, she looked at me like I was oblivious.

“Who died?” she asked. “They’re dead??” Hmm….What are we to make of this? Could the characters’ flashsideways lives possibly be the ones that stick? Prodded further, Scotty hinted that all of the characters “get what we gave” and are taken care of in the end.

Adds Nestor Carbonell (Richard), ΓÇ£The whole finale is all about everyoneΓÇÖs resolutions.ΓÇ¥

And get this. When I asked Sonja Walger, who plays Penny, to tell me who gets the best ending, she said rather cryptically, ΓÇ£We all do and youΓÇÖll see why.ΓÇ¥ While Rebecca Mader (Charlotte) concurs, ΓÇ£All of usΓÇ¥ are well served, Michael Emerson singles out his characterΓÇÖs ending out as perhaps the best.

ΓÇ£All vanity aside, I love the way Ben ends,ΓÇ¥ says Michael. ΓÇ£ItΓÇÖs true to his entire, ambiguous arc. He sort of ends and he sort of doesnΓÇÖt end.ΓÇ¥

But Scotty also tells me that more than one ending was shot. ΓÇ£IΓÇÖm not absolutely sure about the tamat hows, wheres and whens because they shot more than one,ΓÇ¥ she says. ΓÇ£So IΓÇÖll be waiting like everyone else to see what they air.ΓÇ¥

And according to one well-placed source, the finale, titled “The End,” may not be the ultimate ending of the story. IΓÇÖm hearing twenty additional minutes of story (not just deleted footage or an alternate ending) will be included in the season six DVD to be released August 24, along with what executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse say will be some pretty spectacular packaging show fans will be unable to resist.

Source: TV Guide Magazine