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Who Is Lost Laying Off?

Lately on Lost, it seems like more characters have been — SPOILER! — brought back to life than killed off, so you knew the writers would balance the scales sometime. E! Online reports that a "major character" will soon be dispensed with and, hilariously, the newly jobless actor "found out after the script treatments were sent out to some of the crew ... so it wasn't the best timing." Dark UFO claims to have independently confirmed this, and they purportedly know which character it is — they've helpfully narrowed it down to five potential castaways (not Kate). Huge possible spoilers ahead!

According to E! Online's Kristin Dos Santos, these are the facts:

• A current series regular is getting killed before the end of season five.

• The character who will die is someone who is much-loved by many of you fans.

• This is a real leaving-the-show death, à la Shannon or Charlie, not a quick-fix time-travel death like Jeremy Bentham/John Locke.

• The character getting killed off is not, I repeat, not Kate Austen.


Dark UFO says it's definitely one of the following characters:

Ben

Sawyer

Daniel

Jin

Miles


As far as we know, of those five, only Sawyer and Jin are really "much loved," though Jin was just saved from death a few episodes ago, and we really can't imagine the writers killing Sawyer. Message-board speculation is that it's Miles, since his story line would seemingly be easy to resolve, and his dying "in the past" would be one way to explain his ability to talk with the dead, probably.

We, though, just hope the whole story's bogus and that ABC will keep all five actors employed through the end of next season. Don't J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof know how hard it is to find work these days?

Lost: A Major Character Death Is Coming [E! Online]
One of these will die *Updated* [Dark UFO]

Photo: Courtesy of ABC