On Tuesday, questions were answered — more were subsequently raised, but that's beside the point. "Lost" is officially back, its sixth and final season under way. Fans everywhere are dying to know what will ultimately happen to the survivors of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815, but they can at least rest comfortably in the knowledge that series creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have every intention of delivering an ending when the series wraps up in May.
"We can't deliver a 'sort of' ending, where [the series finale] could be the ending," Lindelof said in an interview with MTV. "This is our ending, that's all we can say."
The events of last night's two-part premiere certainly don't suggest that an end is in sight. If anything, the consensus seems to be that fans walked out with more questions than anything else.
Then again, this is "Lost" we're talking about — if questions were answered with statements, the show would lose much of its soul. That said, the creators are adamant about delivering a finale that will satisfy fans. If anything, they're appreciative to the fans for sticking around so long.
"We worked so hard to basically do something that we didn't feel had ever been done before, which is taking a heavily mythologized show and arguing for an end date three years out," Lindelof said. "So we feel like it's kind of a slap in the face to all of the fans ... [for us] to not deliver an ending."
Still, it's not like Cuse and Lindelof are new at this. They're well aware of the larger entertainment industry and the brand that they've created. "There obviously have been a lot of conversations with ABC and Disney about the 'Lost' brand, and I think it would be naïve to assume that they will not want to do something downstream with [it]," Cuse said.
Whatever happens, it sounds like the duo is ready to move onward after the finale airs. Whatever story they set out to tell at the beginning will close in May. As Lindelof told us, "It's not like we're leaving anything that we were going to resolve left unresolved so that people can go see it in a movie theater."