‘Lost’ Showrunners Discuss The Narrative Shift And Tone Of The Final Season

Is “The ’Lost’ Supper” a little too vague to satisfy your “Lost” sweet tooth? Trust me, you haven’t seen anything yet. Showrunners and executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are veritable virtuosos when it comes to offering evasive answers — but that doesn’t make their words any less compelling.

The pair participated in a lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming swan song for “Lost,” offering some insight into the narrative devices and tone of the final season.

For three seasons, “Lost” relied on the flashback as a storytelling companion to the on-island adventures. Starting with the third season’s finale, however, viewers were thrust into the future, where some of our favorite castaways had escaped the Island’s clutches, but were no less miserable. The fifth season offered yet another twist on the flashback premise, bringing the show’s cast and narrative back in time to the 1970s. But if fans thought that was crazy, Lindelof promises that they haven’t seen anything yet.

“The show never rests on its laurels,” he said. “Not because we’re trying to be artsy, but the show demands constant shifts to best tell the story. We’ve known what we were going to do for a couple years now, and there’s been a tremendous amount of work setting up the premise so it would work. But we’re still wondering, ’Will it work? Will the audience understand? What’s the reaction going to be like?'”

If the show’s new narrative focuses on the successful time reboot attempted at the end of the fifth season — meaning that the detonation of the nuclear bomb was successful, resulting in a time line where Oceanic 815 safely lands in Los Angeles — then, yes, it absolutely is a wild approach. But the final season’s tone should balance out the potentially extreme nature of the storytelling format.

“We feel tonally it’s most similar to the first season of the show,” said Cuse. “We’re employing a different narrative device, which we feel is creating some emotional and heartfelt stories, and we want the audience to have a chance in the final season to remember the entire history of the show. So we have actors coming back like Dominic [Monaghan] and Ian [Somerhalder]. We’re hoping to achieve a circularity of the entire journey so the ending is reminiscent of the beginning.”

With Charlie and Boone back in the fold, it certainly sounds to me that the reboot was successful. But the show won’t harp on the past without propelling the plot forward, as the ideological and occasionally violent conflict between Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) and John Locke (Terry O’Quinn) will once again take center stage.

“Jack and Locke have always been at the center of the show, that dilemma of faith vs. reason, and the conflict between those two characters has been there since the beginning,” said Cuse. “It’s very exciting to bring that relationship to its conclusion, and we can’t really be any less vague about that.”

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