There are 47 survivors, one monster and a million other mysteries. It is an interesting mix, and the concept is drawing millions upon millions of people to Lost each week on ABC. But according to series co-creator Damon Lindelof, the mysteries might be revealed sooner than expected.
Speaking at ABCs winter press tour, Lindelof said that he, along with fellow co-creator J.J. Abrams and executive producer Bryan Burk, have carefully worked out what the answers are … and they might be revealed by the end of the first season.
“Every mystery that we present on the show -â€” What is the monster? Where does Ethan come from? Why hasn’t Claire had her baby yet? — all those are questions that we know the answers to. But how and when we present those answers is not written in stone,” He said. “Hopefully, we … won’t betray the audience. … All I can say is, we’re trying, we’re doing our best, and we think the answers that we have are pretty cool.”
A second season of the castaway drama has already been commissioned by the network and is scheduled to air in the fall. But despite the fantasy roots of the show, it will remain as grounded as ever.
“We’re still trying to be … firmly ensconced in the world of science fact,” Lindelof said. “I don’t think we’ve shown anything on the show yet … that has no rational explanation in the real world that we all function within. We certainly hint at psychic phenomena, happenstance and … things being in a place where they probably shouldn’t be. But nothing is flat-out impossible. There are no spaceships. There isn’t any time travel.”
In the final episodes of the first season, a few well-known faces will be making an appearance, including former The X-Files star Robert Patrick.
“I think part of the fun of our show is that guest stars can pop up in flashbacks, and it’ll be a real surprise to the audience,” Lindelof said. “Instead of stunting it or promoing it that way, to suddenly see Robert Patrick on an episode of ‘Lost,’ I think, is potentially very exciting for people. I’m kind of sorry that slipped out.”
Patrick will be seen in a flashback scene, and Keri Russell — who previously starred in Felicity, also created by — may also be putting in an appearance.
“Lost” is aired Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.