Executive producer Carlton Cuse, co-creator and executive producter Damon Lindelof, and cast members Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), Maggie Grace (Shannon), Malcom David Kelley (Walt), and Ian Cusick (Desmond) all attended a panel for the event, which honored the show's tenth anniversary. PaleyFest is an annual event hosted by the Paley Center for Media that honors the cultural, creative and social significance of television, radio and other forms of media.
Lost first debuted in 2004 and immediately captivated audiences with its portrayal of plane crash survivors on a supernatural tropical island. The series ran for six seasons, and ended with an unexpected finale that polarized critics and audiences.
The cast and crew spoke in front of a PaleyFest audience still full of questions about the show's end.
"We felt like Lost was sort of the Big Bang theory and every question would only beget another question," Cuse said of the mysterious series and its and finale. "What we cared about most was the emotional journey of each character."
"Obviously, there are all these mysteries," Lindelof added. "In the final episode of Lost, we could answer a question that wasn't asked. What is the meaning of life? And what happens when you die?"
Cuse and Lindeloff remained largely evasive during the panel, but confirmed that the castaways were not dead the entire time. The two acknowledged that scenes of the plane's wreckage with no survivors at the end of the finale only fueled more questions for audience members.
"We thought, 'Let's put those shots at the end of the show and it will be a little buffer and lull,'" Cuse explained. "And when people saw the footage of the plane with no survivors, it exacerbated the problem."
Cuse said that ultimately, "Lost...was about people who were lost and searching for meaning and purpose in their lives."
As for the remaining unanswered questions?
"We will probably auction [the script] off for a great charity cause a few years from now," Lindelof said.