Ian Somerhalder, who played the ill-fated Boone Carlyle on the first season of ABC's Lost, confirmed he will return for the sixth and final season in at least two episodes. He shot one in September and is scheduled to return to Hawaii for another. (More spoilers ahead!)
"I'm going to go back," Somerhalder said in a group interview on Saturday in Pasadena, Calif., where he was promoting The CW's The Vampire Diaries as part of the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "I'm going back to do other episodes, I think, spread out throughout the season."
So how does that work? Did the atomic blast at the end of last season reset the show? Do we see Boone in flashbacks? Is he a ghost walking in the jungle, like so many others? No one will say.
In any case, since he has been off the show, Somerhalder admits he has not been able to keep up with the entire story himself. He tried to catch up before returning for the sixth-season premiere. "I caught up on as much as I possibly could, just to be prepared and know what I was talking about," Somerhalder said. "I used to tell Matt Fox, 'Listen, man, I'm going to come over and just watch DVDs. They're not out yet, let me see 'em.' But I didn't get a chance to keep up with it as much as I wanted to."
The season premiere is sure to be a doozy, if the script is any indication. "The season opener for that show, I was so blown away and so impressed and so thankful that I was even a part of that, because it's big," he said. "The script weighed about four pounds. You sit there and you go, 'Wow, this is an episode of television.'"
Somerhalder also found it amusing that President Obama has actually moved the date of his State of the Union address to avoid conflicting with the premiere of Lost. "I don't blame them," he joked. "That's really cool that I'll be in an episode of television that they thought better to change the State of the Union address. You know what they should do? Maybe President Obama, they should all just watch the episode, and then he can have the State of the Union address."
Arranging Boone's final appearances has been a scheduling feat of its own. Somerhalder currently plays a vampire on the CW show, but both sets of show runners have worked out the schedule.
"Luckily, Kevin [Williamson and] Julie [Plec of Vampire Diaries] and Damon [Lindelof] and Carlton Cuse [of Lost], and then the line producers from Lost and Vampire Diaries are making it happen," he said. "That experience, with all those people who I've known for so long, Damon and J.J. [Abrams], to have J.J. and Carlton still wanting me around and just making that happen is a really, really cool experience."
Lost returns Feb. 2 with a two-hour premiere, starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and will air Tuesdays at 9.