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How Breaking Bad’s Finale Made Damon Lindelof Give Up Talking About Lost’s Finale

Screenwriter Damon Lindelof attends 'Turning The Page: Storytelling in the Digital Age' presented by The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on May 15, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
Damon Lindelof, former Lost apologist. Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images

The finale of Breaking Bad was arguably TV’s biggest since Lost’s, so comparisons were inevitable. But for the latter’s showrunner, Damon Lindelof, these contrasts were suffocating. To that end, Lindelof wrote an essay for The Hollywood Reporter, explaining how BB’s finale and the Lost-hate it evoked inspired him to give up the ghost that is talking about Lost’s finale. He explains that previously he’d “jump at the opportunity to acknowledge how many people were dissatisfied with how [Lost] ended.” Adding, “I try to be self-deprecating and witty when I do this, but that’s an elaborate (or obvious?) defense mechanism to let people know I’m fully aware of the elephant in the room and I’m perfectly fine with it sitting down on my face and shitting all over me.” But now he’s done.

He offers a “pact”: if people acknowledge that he knows how they feel about the ending of Lost, then he’ll “finally stop talking about it.” “I’m doing it because I accept that I will not change hearts nor minds,” he writes. Continuing, “I will not convince you they weren’t dead the whole time, nor resent you for believing they were despite my infinite declarations otherwise.” Okay, in an effort to stop talking about Lost’s finale, we’ll stop this post mid-sen

Owing to BB, Lindelof to Stop Talking About Lost