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It's no secret that the TV world is in a bit of a renaissance right now. And with the trend of nostalgia dictating so much of how content is being produced, it seems like just about any show could return for a reboot or revival. One of the shows that is constantly being floated around by fans is Lost which has remained a relevant part of pop culture since it went off the air in 2010. While it doesn't look like that's of interest with the folks involved, actress Maggie Grace seems to know why it's always being rumored. CinemaBlend's Nick Venable spoke to Grace about her role in Fear The Walking Dead, where the conversation came to her tenure as Shannon on Lost. Regarding why folks constantly want a new season, she said
I think it was shockingly character-driven, but still exciting. You know, I gotta give those guys full credit. They really changed what was possible in storytelling in a television medium. I think it and a few other shows around that time what, as a viewer, I consider to be the platinum age of television. I mean, there's really so much creative latitude, and so many great shows out there. I think that the writers on Lost really took so much license and had so much liberty; before that, it had been a really specific formula for what a drama -- especially a primetime drama -- could look and feel like. To have that massive diverse cast and truly unexpected events, and have an episodic side and then a really serialized side for the true-blue fans as well.
Maggie Grace thinks all the the Lost revival talk is at least partly inspired by the show's legacy, rather than the need to return to the narrative. With so many beloved characters making up its large ensemble cast, all Lost fans have a few favorites that they'd like to see pop back up on their TV at some point.
When Lost's explosive premiere debuted in 2004, it had a production and value that the small screen had never seen. But it's big budget wasn't the only way it was a game changer for the TV world. The story itself was focused around the characters, and Lost didn't abide by normal TV rules when it came to character deaths. They came quickly, brutally, and not in predictable places like finales. It helped change the way serialized storytelling functioned.
Maggie Grace went on to speak to the historical significant in Lost, and how it's affect is still happening in current shows like HBO's Game of Thrones. She said,
We always have the Joseph Campbell three-act structure in movies, too, and I think even that's changed a bit. When you have the storytelling space to chop Sean Bean's head off, for instance, you never really know what's going to happen. I think people had seen that three-act structure so much, they knew what to expect, and now it's in many ways a very liberating time for writers.
Maggie Grace certainly knows popular TV, and she's about to start an adventure in a massively successful property. Grace recently made her debut as journalist and zombie survivor Althea in Fear The Walking Dead, and will be a series regular throughout Season 4. But she's once again in a show that loves to kill of its main characters, so fingers crossed she last a while on Fear.