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What A Possible Lost Reboot Should Definitely Avoid, According To Damon Lindelof

A group of survivors in the Lost finale

With nostalgia proving itself to be one of the most profitable trends in the current Hollywood landscape, it seems like just about every formerly completed property is being re-explored for modern audiences. Gilmore Girls, The X-Files, Will and Grace, and the like have all gotten new life, so will the cult favorite series Lost be given the same treatment? It's currently unclear, but creator Damon Lindelof does have some sage advice for the possible showrunners who might take us back to that island once again: use a new cast.

Damon Lindelof, who just finished his tenure working on HBO's The Leftovers, recently spoke to TV Line about the possibility of a Lost reboot. While he seems fairly confident that someone will attempt this undertaking, he doesn't think it should involve the original cast. He said:

[I] hope that when that happens, whoever is doing it, doesn't take the characters from the original Lost and put them in the new one. Because we worked so hard to end that show and to give [the survivors] some level of closure. I know there was some debate as to whether or not there was enough closure.

The man has a point. While the series finale of Lost was a divisive one that is still being debated, the entire reason why people were so up in arms about it was because the showrunners attempted to give the ambitious series an equally ambitious and satisfying finale. While we can debate how effective this was, you can't deny that the episode was focused on creating a satisfying ending.

For those of you who blocked it out, the final episodes of Lost were full of flashes sideways, where we saw the group of survivors if they had never ended up on the island. Eventually each couple from the series ended up meeting each other, and began remembering their time together. This all cumulated in the group meeting at a church, and collectively moving onto the after life with the people who mattered most to them. It was emotional, pretty weird, and made a ton of fans pissed.

But regardless of how you feel about it, the characters from Lost already got their ending, and shouldn't be brought back to the island with a reboot. That is, except for one possible exception.

One character who could logically return would be former leader of The Others, Ben Linus (Michael Emerson). When everyone assembled in that church in the series finale, Ben stayed outside. He wasn't reunited with his daughter Alex, and presumably didn't move on to the after life. Might his mean he was still living his days on the island? With Emerson no longer in the main cast of Person of Interest, his schedule would certainly allow for a Lost reboot, if it ever happened.

You can currently watch all season of Lost on Netflix. Be sure to check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch.

Corey Chichizola

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.