Video: LOST writer defends show’s ending

Marking the second year anniversary of LOST’s polarizing ending (I loved it), one of the show’s most prominent writers, Damon Lindelof, visited On The Verge to discuss the ambiguity. What follows is a great interview where Lindelof talks about creative decisions of the show, and explores the general script writing process of crafting for television. If nothing else, the interview is fascinating because Lindelof is able to defend against the reviewers misconceptions about the ending, which I imagine reflects a large part of the population who just didn’t get it. I respect the interviewer for refusing to pander and expressing his dislike for certain aspects of the show, but if you’re interviewing one of the great television writers of our time, you should probably do your homework.

Now, anyone at all familiar with At The Buzzer knows that I’m a huge LOST fanatic, but it’s not just my bias talking; if you, like the interviewer, thought the ending verified your suspicions that the events on the island were simply purgatory, then YOU DIDN’T GET IT. It’s pretty clear even if you’re paying only marginal attention that everything that happened on the island, happened, and the flash-sideways took place after everyone on the island had passed, whether on the day of the finale or 40 years after. But enough of my digression: I’ll let Lindelof explain.

2 thoughts on “Video: LOST writer defends show’s ending

  1. A better example of “too much explanation” than the Architect scene in The Matrix Reloaded (which was already a not so great movie to begin with) is the psychiatrist scene at the end of Psycho–there’s where a perfectly terrifying movie was neutered by its explanation scene.

    1. It’s such a fine balance. Reveal too little and fans are frustrated; too much and you threaten to ruin a lot of what made your story cool. Once in awhile though, writers hit the denouement just right–Inception is a great example.

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