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LOST’s Damon Lindelof: ‘When You Aspire to Be Something Special, You Are Going to Polarize People’

August 27, 2010 by  

What the heck was that sideways world?

An alternate reality where Oceanic 815 never crashed?

Heaven?

A dream?

Viewers didn’t get a straight answer, per say, but we do know what was revealed by Christian Shephard in the series finale in May. According to Jack’s dad, the sideways world was actually a place the survivors of 815 created so they could reunite with each other after they had passed away.

But in the days following the finale, many fans took the sideways world reveal to mean that the passengers of flight 815 had been dead all along.

So what did LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof think about the lingering debate about the series finale?

“It’s impossible to get frustrated about that, because one of the wonderful things about LOST is that there’s this interpretive quality to it,” Lindelof says in the video below. “And it would be sort of tantamount to us coming down from the mountaintop and saying, ‘Your theory is wrong.’ It never felt right. The show is different things to different people and we obviously intended it in a certain way so that if Jack asks Christian in that final scene, ‘But is it all real?’ and he says, Yes, it’s all real, everything that happened to you is totally real, your perception of what reality is entirely subject to — and the fact that those debates are going to rage and rage and rage is sort of a wonderful thing.”

“It’s frustrating, obviously, we would love it if everybody saw the show in one way and that way was they loved it uncategorically,” he continues. “But if you go back and you look at THE SOPRANOS ending — which I personally thought was brilliant and other people thought was a cop-out — when you aspire to be something special, you are going to polarize people. That’s the price of doing business, as they say.”

Well said.

Check out the video below for more from Lindelof, including his thoughts on the LOST auction and what’s up next for him…



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