Nearly five years after it went off the air, the series finale of Lost is one of the most hotly debated and controversial endings of all time. Some of its harshest critics, along with many fans, wondered whether the many questions and plotlines left unresolved were an indication that the show's creators, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, ever really knew where their story was going and what the ending was supposed to be. Even hearing the two of them explain it did not satisfy a lot of folks.
As it turns out, all those suspicions that the show's writers and producers were making it up as they went, especially with regard to ending the series, may have been justified. Prison Break and Scorpion writer/executive producer Nick Santora, while appearing on the Nerdist Writer’s Panel Podcast recently, said that the Lost writers he was friends with admitted a dirty little secret to him:
“We had an expression in the room, which was 'no polar bears,' which was a reference to Lost. I had friends that were writing on Lost -- I can’t say who they were. I was watching football with one of them, [and] I was telling them how much I loved the show. I’m like, 'How are you going to pay all this stuff off?' And he looked at me and goes, 'We’re not.' And I go, 'What do you mean you’re not?' He said, 'We literally just think of the weirdest, most f**ked up thing and write it, and we’re never going to pay it off.' And I look at him and I’m like, 'That’s such bulls**t! You are completely f**king with the audience.' I want to bring a class-action lawsuit on behalf of everyone who watched Lost all those years.”
So, not only did the writers of Lost apparently have no idea where the show was going, but they were not particularly bothered about that fact either. If this guy is speaking the truth, all that analyzing and speculating that fans did throughout the show's six-year run didn't amount to a cup of spit.
Does this confirm what you always thought about Lost? Or is this fellow Santora telling a wild tale out of school just to drum up some publicity for himself? How do you feel about all this five years later?