“Lost” says goodbye at TCA

First, for the hard news come from the “Lost” panel at TCA: Harold Perrineau (Michael) and Cynthia Watros (Libby) are returning for the final season.


Now for the emotional: Seeing the “Lost” cast, along with exec producer Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, gather first thing in the morning was both adrenaline-pushing and melancholy.


Hard to believe it was six years ago that Flight 815 landed somewhere in the Pacific and a TV legacy was born.


Josh Holloway’s Sawyer, who began as a con artist and then arguably became the most popular character, fell in love with Juliet last season and was a bit nervous about whether viewers would be accepting of his character’s huge transition.


Said Holloway: “In the pilot, Sawyer was such an asshole and I said I’ve got to figure out how can he stay alive. I had no idea where the character would go.


“I thought the audience might reject the softer side of Sawyer,” he said, soon adding that the show has changed his life in so many ways. Since the 2004 preem, Holloway noted he’s bought a house, gotten married and had a baby.


Lindelof, who came to the show just a few weeks before the pilot was shot when he was paired up with J.J. Abrams, said he’s excited to see the reaction of both the final season and the final episode, but is quick to realize he won’t be able to please everyone, and to try would be a huge mistake.


Said Lindelof: “The worst ending we could possibly provide is the safe ending, the ending that is basically most appealing to most number of people. Yet you can’t take a risk just to take a risk because that’s a betrayal.”


Cuse added it’s impossible for all the bows to be properly tied and mysteries be revealed, but healthy conversation will ensue as soon as the final credit roll.


Both exec producers are expecting fans to argue about the show’s ending but once some time passes, they’re anticipating more macro discussions about the show’s overarching scope.


From a creative perspective, there can be little debate that “Lost” reinvented the TV sci-fi drama, and to try and duplicate its success – as has been attempted over recent years – would be nearly impossible.

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