At Damon Lindelof's request, Netflix working to restore missing footage from Lost finale

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Jan 8, 2016, 11:30 AM EST

If you though Lost was done with the mysteries, think again. It turns out a full 18 minutes of footage is missing from the final episode on Netflix, and now the guy who made the show wants it back.

As Entertainment Weekly notes, the two-part finale is missing approximately 18 minutes of footage, which has been sliced from the total 104-minute runtime (which aired as an extended episode at the time). The edits amount to numerous small cuts, made to different areas of the episode. No one knows exactly why the episode is shortened, though it's possible a mixup at Netflix or ABC might have seen an edited-for-time cut uploaded instead of the full version (though some fans swear the full version used to be there).

After the error came to light, Netflix issued a brief statement saying the company was working to fix it. So here's hoping they can get this figured out soon.

Series producer Damon Lindelof has chimed in on the controversy, pushing Netflix to restore the episode to the full cut:

“I am totally befuddled by all this. Love it or hate it, the finale that aired is the definitive finale and to alter it in any way defies explanation. Something tells me that this isn’t Netflix’s fault … that it’s an honest mistake and something got miscommunicated — I seem to remember ABC had to make an edit for rerun airings that tightened the show into ‘format’ (42 minutes to accommodate commercials), and somehow that [version] mistakenly got sent to Netflix.

This sometimes happened with our finales — we’d ask for extra time and ABC would agree to air, but then we had to do another tighter version for subsequent airings and/or international [markets]. We usually left these (painful) cuts to the discretion of our editors… but as the show lives on in DVD form and on Netflix, there is ZERO reason to have the shorter version out there.”

This is just weird. Sure, mixups happen, but with one of the most successful shows in history? That’s a big oops. In case anyone is thinking this is part of a larger conspiracy to retcon the finale, Lindelof put a swift end to those theories. He noted there is “no intention of ‘changing’ nor Special Editioning the finale,” and the team continues to stand by the controversial closer that is still a sore spot for fans to this day.

So, just give it a few days. That full finale (whether you love it, or hate it) will be back soon.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)