Matthew in Baltimore: Any ETA on how, when or if the two timelines on Lost will come together?
We can answer the “how” and “if” portion of your question with something Carlton Cuse told us this weekend: “We have two timelines we’re exploring simultaneously, and when the audience understands how those two timelines connect, hopefully it will provide a satisfaction that will Menang Ceme make you happy and give you what you want but not in the way you want it.” As for that tricky “when,” he’d only say this: “It’s too much of a reveal, but let’s say it won’t happen until the very end of the show because that’s obviously the big question of the season.” Basically, plan on seeing lots of island Jack and Jack the Dad in episodes to come.
Marcus in Mass.: Do you know anything at all about the Lost finale? Anything?!
Those Lost folks stay so tight-lipped, but we did get show writer Elizabeth Sarnoff to say a word or two about the finale, and she gave us these: emotional and rewarding. “The end is really emotional, and that’s what we’re going for. These characters are the heart and soul of the show and we want to give them rewarding endings,” explained Liz. Damon Lindelof, on the other hand, had only this to say regarding Lost’s conclusion: “Water.” And trust us, he was very serious about whatever this word means for the end. “It sounds funny now, but you’ll see!” he promised.
Maggie in Helena, Mont.: This Richard Alpert episode of Lost can’t come soon enough. Anything you can say about it?
We’ll let Nestor Carbonell do the talking: “You’re going to see mostly the origins of Richard in [episode nine]. They’re going to tackle some of the present-day stuff on the island, but not much of it. You’re going to get answers to why Richard has this sudden phobia of Locke and why it’s as strong as it is.” And there you have it.