Lost begins its final season in 2010, but you may have noticed there hasn't been any preview footage airing on ABC. You'd think the network would want to tout the long-awaited conclusion. Actually, show runner Damon Lindelof insisted that they not reveal any footage of the final season.
"I think even a single scene from the show would basically tip what it is we're doing this year, and what it is we're doing this year is different than what we've done in other years," Lindelof said in a group interview on Nov. 16 in Los Angeles, where he was promoting the Star Trek DVD and Blu Ray. "That is the marketing strategy that we are trying to impose upon our masters. I can't unequivocally say that we will be able to hold the embargo all the way up until the actual premiere, but it's pretty cool that we're not showing anything as late as November, so we'll see. I think once the show actually starts, once we're back on, then we'll start showing people what we're up to."
Season five of Lost ended with Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) detonating a bomb at the Swan Station. Jack thought blowing up the station would prevent the events that caused the Oceanic plane crash. But the detonation in 1977 affects the present and continuity of Lost as a whole. Lindelof said the final episodes will be Lost storytelling in top form.
"We're kind of returning back to the same kind of storytelling that put us on the map in the first place and resolving some of these mysteries," Lindelof said. "I think this had got to be a record for how much patience people have, but the idea that we're actually getting to answer some of these questions creates this incredible nostalgia, especially when you're doing it through the characters and the actors who were there in the very beginning, so it's pretty cool, theoretically."
Lindelof intends to answer every mystery the show intentionally created. For the mysteries that fans have created themselves, the show can't help you. "I think that there are some Lost mysteries that we're not even aware are mysteries," Lindelof said. "That's the thing. People ask us questions and I'm like, 'What are you talking about?' 'What happened to Scott? Are we ever going to find out who murdered Scott?' It's like, 'Ethan murdered him.' They're like, 'Well, but did he?' I'm like, 'YES! Yes, he did.' So for the mysteries that we acknowledge as mysteries, they will be answered."
Then there are some "mysteries" that are really just fans reading way too much into things. "I think that there are some mysteries, like why is the island an island, that aren't mysteries to me," Lindelof said. "That's what it is. There are things like the midi-chlorian issue, which is essentially was anyone really saying, 'How does the Force work?' We just sort of accepted that it worked."
Lost returns to ABC in 2010.