The traveling Darlton show made a stop at the Saban Theater Saturday night as “Lost” exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, along with several writers and cast members, discussed the seminal drama.
In the second night of Paleyfest, Lindelof and Cuse said they were currently breaking down the story for the final episode and that the script for the penultimate episode has been turned in. Of course, no secrets were revealed, but Lindelof, when asked if he could use word to describe a theme for the finale, answered, “Water.” Hmmm.
Writer Edward Kitsis, who along with scribe partner Adam Horowitz (the two are also penning the new Disney franchise pic “Tron Legacy”), said the biggest concern he hears now most from fans anticipating the end is “just don’t screw it up.”
Four members of the cast got rousing applause as they appeared before the sold out crowd — Terry O’Quinn (Locke), Michael Emerson (Ben), Nester Carbonell (Richard) and Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) — but none more so than O’Quinn, who, with every personal appearance, seems more and more similar to his Locke character. He chooses his words very carefully, doesn’t joke around too much and refused to discuss anything off-topic.
When moderator Paul Scheer asked about a rumor that O’Quinn and Emerson might be in a future project together, O’Quinn said he wouldn’t talk about any non-“Lost” issues while Emerson had fun with the concept of the two going forward.
O’Quinn, sensing the direction his character was taking in season five, asked director Jack Bender about how he should play Locke going forward.
“I went to Jack and said, ‘I’m going to be indestructible. Can I go with that?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, go with that.’”
Carbonell had the audience in stitches when he said his favorite moment of the show was “finding out who I am. All of us (actors) have made choices because they what we were doing. I never knew what I was doing.” The backstory of Richard will be seen later this season.
Cuse, while acknowledging cable networks can offer less censorship and more freedoms than broadcast, was quick to thank ABC for its help in turning “Lost” into a worldwide phenomenon, and said the network’s audience reach — much greater than cable — shouldn’t be overlooked.
But if the show was a cable entity, Lindelof laughed, he said the biggest different would be characters would throw down the F-bomb every once in a while in moments of frustration and despair.
Other tidbits revealed:
— We will find out if Desmond was actually on Oceanic Flight 815, or whether he was a figment of Jack’s imagination.
— Hurley and Libby will once again connect.
— Charlie will be back in some capacity.
— Ilana and Richard will engage in a long-brewing discussion.
— Walt, prominent in season one, would’ve been a featured player for much of the series but the actor who played him, Malcolm David Kelley, grew up too quickly.
— Don’t expect a gag reel on any DVD extras. According to Emerson and O’Quinn, the actors take their jobs far too seriously on set for any pranks to be played out.