Will Lost Ever Return, According To The Show's Co-Showrunner

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Lost was a show that changed the television landscape with its combination of mystery, sci-fi, and drama, and plenty of fans were bummed when the show came to an end back in 2010. That said, TV nowadays is in an era of reboots and revivals, and few shows have really been ruled out as never coming back in some way or another. Now, Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse has weighed in on whether Lost could ever return during a recent appearance at New York Comic Con to promote Jack Ryan. CinemaBlend's own Matt Wood was in attendance when Cuse said this about Lost:

Damon [Lindelof] and I are pretty adamant about the fact that we don't have any intentions of rebooting Lost. I know that there are a lot of shows that have been rebooted lately, but we are not on that path.

As popular and game-changing as Lost was during its time on ABC, co-creators Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof evidently are not planning on bringing it back for another go. Cuse's New York Comic Con comments follow Lindelof's statement that although he's fairly confident that somebody someday will try for a reboot, the original characters should not be reprised because of how hard they worked to give the survivors a sense of closure. It sounds like both showrunners would rather leave the original series to stand on its own than sign off on a reboot or revival.

This news might be disappointing to fans who were hoping that Jack, Sawyer, and Co. could come back for more action on the small screen. While the show did come to a pretty definitive conclusion in the series finale, there were still some questions that remained unanswered, and other shows have gotten away with limited series revivals that filled in some blanks from the original run. It would take some time travel/afterlife shenanigans to bring the original Lost characters back; the odds are that the ending will stand as it is and we'll just have to keep theorizing about those unanswered questions.

The good news is that Lost continues to impact other series, even years after it came to an end. Mike Schur of NBC's The Good Place liked the comedy to Lost, and Arrow star Stephen Amell revealed over the summer how Lost affected the crafting of Season 6 on The CW. It should be interesting to see how else Lost's legacy will survive in the coming years, even without a reboot or revival.

If you're fuzzy on what happened when the show ended, check out our breakdown of the major questions the Lost finale answered and didn't answered. The whole series is currently available streaming on Netflix if you're in the mood for a refresher or have never actually watched. Our fall TV guide can help you pick the current series that you can watch.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).