So, How Is Lost Going to End, Anyway?

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You know you've hit the network-television summer doldrums when you're asking questions about a series finale that won't occur for another ten months or so. But when you consider that the networks are half-assedly rolling out dreck like The Superstars and The Great American Road Trip, it's no wonder our brains have already started to obsess over the finer details of what the Smoke Monster on Lost really is. Speaking of which, at a recent BAFTA event over in England, producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse actually answered some questions about how the sixth and final season of their show is going to play out. Of course, they are far too seasoned to leak anything too secretive or too awesome, but Cuse "let slip that the mysterious ‘smoke monster’ would become 'an interesting character in and of itself.'" Hopefully this means that Smokey will get his own origin episode, complete with flashbacks, flash-forwards, and the surprise reveal that Gilbert Gottfried has been tapped to voice the previously voiceless Smokey, but that's just rampant speculation on our part. So, what else did they say?

Sadly, there wasn't much else in the way of specific plot details, as the duo preferred to keep the focus more on the feelings they're aiming to instill in their viewers. “Bittersweet comes with the territory,” Damon Lindelof said. “The ending we’re aspiring to is fair. As a viewer, whenever you have five minutes left, there’s an intense sadness.” So does that mean major characters might die off? Michael Emerson, the actor who plays Ben Linus, thinks that's a definite possibility. He recently told Michael "Raisin Bran" Ausiello that "I don't think Lost will have a happy ending. It's the end and I think we are going to start seeing more casualties. I would put money on major characters being killed. I believe it will be a sad ending to the show — or at least bittersweet. I think it will definitely be a series finale for grown-ups."

You got that, Lost obsessives? Surely you'll be able to make something out of the clues that the ending will be "bittersweet," "intensely sad," and "for grown-ups," right? Our only guess is that this means they'll be bringing back Paulo and Nikki.

Lost creators promise definite ending [Broadcast via Televisionary]