Lost creators explain the show's cryptic ending – Daily TV round-up

Island-dwellers were not 'in purgatory'.

'Lost' writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have explained the cryptic ending of the show, telling fans that the characters were not dead all along and existing in purgatory.

The theory has been doing the rounds ever since the show finished in 2010, bolstered by shots at the end of the last series featuring plane wreckage and no survivors.

But marking the tenth anniversary of the show beginning, Lindelof and Cuse addressed a crowd at the PaleyFest in Los Angeles and explained that purgatory was not the answer people were looking for.

[J.J. Abrams' wallet is lost and found]

“No, no, no. They were not dead the whole time,” said Cuse.

“We thought, let's put those shots [of the plane wreckage] at the end of the show and it will be a little buffer and lull. And when people saw the footage of the plane with no survivors, it exacerbated the problem.

“But the characters definitely survived the plane crash and really were on a very real island. At the very end of the series, though? Yep, they were all dead when they met up in heaven for the final 'church' scene.

“We felt the ending really had to be spiritual, and one that talks about destiny.

“We would have long discourses about the nature of the show, for many years, and we decided it needed to mean something to us and our belief system and the characters and how all of us are here to lift each other up in our lives.”

[J.J. Abrams visits Downton Abbey]

The show, created by Lindelof and director J.J. Abrams, first aired in 2004, telling the story of a group of survivors of an air crash, flashing back to their lives before being marooned on a mysterious island.

It launched the careers of actors including Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly and Josh Holloway.

Added Lindelof, who has gone on to pen the 'Star Trek ' movies: “For us, one of the ongoing conversations with the audience and there was a very early perception, was that the island was purgatory and we were always out there saying, 'It's not purgatory, this is real, we're not going to Sixth Sense you'. And we felt it too that the show had to become sort of meta in this way.” [Digital Spy]

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