Lost creator on Juliet and why you won't guess what's next

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

The creators of ABC's Lost have been tight-lipped about what to expect as the sixth and final season kicks off tonight, but we got co-creator Damon Lindelof to give us a few tiny spoilers.

Lindelof confirmed that he never intended to write Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) out of the show just because she fell down a hole and blew up a bomb at the end of last season. But he had to sell her on returning for guest appearances after she signed to play the lead in ABC's other sci-fi series, V, he said last month in an interview in Pasadena, Calif.

"We can say that she is going to be on the show this season a couple of times," Lindelof said. "Obviously because of the success of V and because she shoots it in Canada, we've been a little bit limited in how much we can use her [Lost shoots in Hawaii]. But the good news is she's been amazing in letting us execute our version of the show with her, and that's something that we presented to her when we told her, 'Hey, you're falling into a hole and sustaining some rather significant injuries, and we've got some plans for you in the next season that will allow you to go and do another show, but we hope you continue to stay with us for a little bit.' She was awesome."

You'd think with all the fans guessing how Lost will end, someone has to be right. Sort of like an infinite number of monkeys typing: One of them's going to write Hamlet. Lindelof is not worried that anyone has stumbled onto his grand plan.

"My hope is that, certainly by the time we do the finale, plenty of people will be thinking about it, and they will feel enormously gratified that they guessed it right," Lindelof conceded. "I think that there are people who have certainly figured out significant pieces of what we want to do in the final season, but they did not have enough information yet. We withheld key evidence, so if you're trying to figure out who killed Professor Plum but we haven't shown you that the candlestick is even a potential murder weapon yet, you can't get it."

Five years and you still don't have all the pieces of the puzzle, but that's about to change. "Starting with the season premiere this year, the remaining clues necessary to figure out where we're going to end the show are going to begin falling into place," Lindelof said. "We've posited the questions. We just haven't given you enough information to figure out what the answers might be."

Look for our weekly recap of questions answered starting tomorrow!

Lost returns tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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