While fans of Lost are still pondering that finale, Michael Emerson stopped by the studios of G4's Attack of the Show earlier today and teased some of that additional content we've been promised. When Hurley and Ben, in the flash-sideways universe, patted one another on the back for their performances as "Number One" and "Number Two" on the Island, many of us wondered just what that experience included.
After all, for six years we watched some absolutely crazy stuff go down in and around the Island. When Hurley offered the job to Ben, they both agreed that maybe Hurley could handle the responsibilities in a way differently than Jacob did. Was he able to pull that off?
According to Emerson, die-hard fans will find out if they plunk down their hard earned dollars for the complete series DVD set. It will feature a 10 to 12 minute "epilogue" of sorts. "It’s a lot," he told AOTS co-host Kevin Periera. "It’s 12 or 14 minutes that opens a window onto that gap of unknown time between Hurley becoming number one and the end of the series. It’s self-contained, although it’s a rich period in the show’s mythology that ‘s never been explored, so who knows what will come of it."
While this is certainly exciting news, as "Losties" are probably looking for any hope of getting some more answers about the Island itself, it might prove maddening as well. What if it's an awesome and fascinating look at a potential new chapter in the Lost mythos? Emerson denied a Hurley/Ben spin-off, but Lost fans can hope.
Or perhaps just as many of them are glad that its over, whether they're disappointed with the ending or not. Co-creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse promised about 20 minutes or so of additional footage that will answer more questions than "The End" did, but Emerson doesn't make it clear if this epilogue will comprise half of that. As he seems to be indicating it will only be available on the complete series DVD set, it might be 10 minutes on top of the 20. That would make 30 minutes of content ... so why couldn't the finale have just been three hours instead?
Answering more questions on the show while it's on TV is a much nicer way to service the fans than telling them that after six years of loyal viewing, they now have to buy the season six DVD set, or perhaps the entire series on DVD, to get some of those answers they were promised.