The cast and producers of “Lost” were very careful not to reveal anything about season 6 in their press tour session on Tuesday (Jan. 12). At least, not until the end.
At the end of their time, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse announced that two more former cast members — Harold Perrineau and Cynthia Watros — will join the likes of Dominic Monaghan and Ian Somerhalder on the show’s final season. Cuse said after the session that both Michael (Perrineau) and Libby (Watros) will return in the latter half of the season.
“All your Libby questions will be answered,” Cuse said. Responded Lindelof: “No, they will not.”
OK, but at least can we figure out who put her in the path of both Hurley (Jorge Garcia) and Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick)?
More tidbits from the “Lost” session and the post-panel press gaggle:
– I asked if the cast had had any “what the …” moments in the making of season 6. “The premiere,” Garcia said. “It was definitely like, ‘What? Wait — let me read that part again.'”
“I think I had to read it about three times before it actually made sense,” Emilie de Ravin (Claire) added. As the room started to laugh, Lindelof shot back, “You’re not helping. … Get ready to scratch your heads, America.”
– Cuse and Lindelof both said that while every single tiny question might not get answered by the end of the series, all the big ones will. “I think there are people who have certainly figured out significant pieces [of how the show will end], but they don’t have enough information yet,” Lindelof said. “We withheld key evidence. So if you’re trying to figure out who killed Professor Plum, but we haven’t shown you the candlestick is even a potential murder weapon yet, you can’t get it. Starting with the season premiere this year, the remaining clues necessary to figure out where we’re going to end the show are going to begin to fall into place.”
– Lindelof on Elizabeth Mitchell: “She has been amazing with executing our vision of the show. That was something we presented to her when we told her, Hey, you’re falling into a hole and sustaining some rather significant injuries, and we have some plans for you in the next season that will allow you to go and do another show, but we hope you will continue and stay with us for a little bit. And she was awesome.”
– What about Walt? “Malcolm [David Kelley] is very tricky because of the age situation, it makes it very hard for him. We’d like to have him back, but he’s aged and looks much older than his character. So that’s the problem with him. We’re still seeing if there’s a way to work that out.”
– Lindelof, Cuse and ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson all reiterated that the end of the show will be the end. “It’s a decision that I’m incredibly proud of, because it’s made for the creative and for the viewers and not for financial reasons. To bastardize that would be kind of crazy. I think it can live online and platform. I hope they’re not all at conventions, but I do think there’s going to be a life for it off the show.”
— Additional reporting by Marisa Roffman
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