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What did the Lost cast and creators tell critics today? Not much.
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Given the fact that promos for the upcoming final season of ABC's Lost have included absolutely no new footage, it's not too surprising that creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse didn't, you know, fly into any detailed explanations of precisely how the final season would unfold when they met the critics this morning for the first panel presentation of ABC's day at press tour.
What did we learn? Well, a little bit about managing expectations. Cuse and Lindelof were careful to stress that not all questions would be answered — and that that's entirely intentional. Cuse said that if the show spent its entire final season answering all the questions fans might have, that would make for a fairly "pedantic" progression of episodes anyway. (Not to mention the fact that, as we've discussed, they've spun a world too complicated to unravel in 18 hours, even if they wanted to.)
Sequel questions and the issue of tangling with the president, after the jump.
One possibility was seemingly put to rest: Cuse stated emphatically that the finale is the finale — there are no back-door pilots embedded in it (that means nothing in it is designed to set up a spin-off), and there's been no network pressure to create some sort of follow-up show. "We are definitively ending this story," he said.
All the actors were, of course, asked to comment on favorite moments of the show's run, and most of them spoke in fairly general terms, with a couple of exceptions. The most enjoyable answers came from Michael Emerson (Ben), who referred, in a lovely turn of phrase, to his many fond memories of "breathless confrontations in small rooms," and from Jorge Garcia (Hurley), who remembered having chicken parts thrown at him while shooting the comet disaster at Mr. Clucks.
What were they willing to say about the final season? Not much. Emilie de Ravin (Claire) said that it took her a few tries at the script of the season premiere to figure out what was going on — to which Lindelof enthusiastically added, "Get ready to scratch your heads, America!"
In the end, Cuse and Lindelof expressed satisfaction with what they've been able to do with the ending, with Lindelof pointing out that their long lead time knowing precisely how long the show would go means that "we really have no excuse to say anything other than this is the ending that we wanted to do on the terms that we wanted to do it."
The funniest moment came when someone asked how Cuse and Lindelof felt about winning the supposed showdown with President Barack Obama over the possibility that the State Of The Union address would conflict with the season premiere. They primarily expressed relief over the fact that they didn't have to move the pilot, but Lindelof did admit that although he's a lifelong Democrat, his first reaction to hearing that the State Of The Union might be on February 2 — Lost's premiere date — was "That [very bad word with "mother" in it]."
In the end, they did give us perhaps that tiniest piece of information that has ever been doled out to a hungry audience of critics: Libby (Cynthia Watros) will be seen in the final season. "All your Libby questions will be answered!" Cuse commented, to which Lindelof sadly shook his head and said, "No, they will not."