It’s a bit hard to believe that the second to last episode of “Lost” airs this Tuesday (May 18) and that the series finale will follow on Sunday (May 23).
Korbi TV caught up with cast members Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert) and Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) — The two did not work together onscreen, but have become good friends off camera and tell me they’re even helping to put each other on tape for auditions! — who were kind enough to share their thoughts on what we can expect…
This long “Lost” journey is coming to a close. How crazy is that?
NC: It is, I know. I’m eager to see it, I haven’t seen it, it’ll be good to see it with everyone else.
You guys just saw this week’s hour, the penultimate episode.
HC: We did. Were you there? There were some 1800 people there and what was really cool was watching their reactions. We knew what was going to come up, but just hearing their reactions to things that they thought were funny, the laughter, it was phenomenal. I really enjoyed that experience.
NC: It was great.
Now, you haven’t seen the final episode yet, but of course you’ve read the script. Were you surprised by the way the series ends? Did you see it coming?
NC: I’m surprised by every script. That’s why the writing is so amazing. You know, when you get your script — [To Henry Ian Cusick] I’m sure you are the same way, we’re all the same — I can’t wait to read it. I’m just like, [devouring it].
HC: Yeah, I would love to catch a shot of all of us–
NC: Getting the script and [tearing it open]!
HC: Because in some seasons, I would’ve gotten the script and just went, oh [whatever], because you know you’re not in it, right? (Nestor laughs) But other ones, you’re like [tearing through it]. I think that would be a really cool short film.
Indeed. Something I’m sure you were eager to see in one of those scripts: Desmond getting out of that well. Is it going to happen before “Lost” fades to black?
HC: You know, if it doesn’t, it’s going to be kind of a bummer for him, right? (Laughs)
NC: (Laughs) I hope he’s got water down there.
HC: There’s a little bit of water.
How about a happy ending for Desmond and Penny? In either reality. We need one happy couple.
HC: Right. You know what, it’s going to be emotional. It’s going to be very emotional and it’s not going to be a tragedy for everyone. Some people are going to find happiness and some people are not.
NC: Jack Bender — he’s an executive producer and really sort of the man who puts the whole show together on the island, he’s very much a part of the triumvirate, which is of course Damon [Lindelof], Carlton [Cuse] and Jack — he directs the episode and I don’t think anybody handles emotional material quite as well as Jack. You know, he’s incredible with it. I haven’t seen it yet, but I can only imagine he did a phenomenal job with the finale.
HC: Just hearing from the people who have cut it, they’re all saying that.
Are we all going to be crying? Should we have a box of tissues close?
[Both nod] NC: That’s the word.
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