‘Lost’ Masterminds Finally Answer Questions about the Show’s Ending

At a special 10-year anniversary screening of the Lost premier (can you believe it’s been 10 years!) at the PaleyFest event, Lost masterminds Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse finally gave detailed answers to the questions fans have been wondering since the series ended on a somewhat ambiguous note. They clarified that the island was a real place and the survivors were not dead the whole time. However, during that final “church” scene, they were in fact dead, and meeting again in heaven. Lindelof explained, “The writers said, ‘Obviously, there are all these mysteries. But what if we answered a mystery that was never asked, what’s the meaning of life and what happens when you die?'” Cuse went further, saying that early on in the show’s writing process, they knew that they were making something different than just a show about a mysterious island.

Very early on we had decided that even though Lost is a show about people on the island, really, metaphorically, it was about people who were lost and searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. And because of that, we felt the ending really had to be spiritual, and one that talks about destiny.

It’s not the first time they have tried to answer questions about the finale of the show, but it is one of the most detailed explanations they’ve ever offered …

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