Lost showrunners Cuse and Lindelof explain that (in)famous show ending

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Mar 17, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

Lost showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have opened up about the hit sci-fi series (and its last season), revealing that the ending might not have meant what you think it meant. SPOILERS for a show that ended four years ago to follow.

Whilst they were speaking at the PaleyFest in L.A. in order to mark the 10th-anniversary premiere of Lost (WOW! Has it really been 10 years? How time flies), Lindelof and Cuse said that the island itself was never the purgatory most Lost fans believed it was.

Carlton Cuse said:

"No, no, no. They were not dead the whole time," Cuse said, explaining that footage of the plane wreckage at the end of the show was meant to act as a buffer.
"We thought, let's put those shots [of the plane wreckage] at the end of the show and it will be a little buffer and lull. And when people saw the footage of the plane with no survivors, it exacerbated the problem.
"But the characters definitely survived the plane crash and really were on a very real island. At the very end of the series, though? Yep, they were all dead when they met up in heaven for the final 'church' scene."

He also stated that Lost was actually a metaphor about "people who were lost and searching for meaning and purpose in their lives." He also added:

"We felt the ending really had to be spiritual, and one that talks about destiny. We would have long discourses about the nature of the show, for many years, and we decided it needed to mean something to us and our belief system and the characters and how all of us are here to lift each other up in our lives."

Damon Lindeloff chimed in by saying:

"For us, one of the ongoing conversations with the audience and there was a very early perception, was that the island was purgatory and we were always out there saying, 'It's not purgatory, this is real, we're not going to Sixth Sense you'. And we felt it too that the show had to become sort of meta in this way."

What do you guys think of Lindelof and Cuse’s explanations that the island was never purgatory? And what about THAT very controversial ending to the cult sci-fi series? Did you love it or hate it?

(via Digital Spy)