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Carlton Cuse: Hey, I’m Carlton Cuse.

Damon Lindelof: Hi, I’m Damon Lindelof.

Carlton Cuse: And we’re here to give you some answers about Lost.

Damon Lindelof: Definitive ones.

Carlton Cuse: I mean not just this, you know, well, maybe it's an answer, maybe it's really another question.

Damon Lindelof: Until we change our minds.

Carlton Cuse: These are gonna be answers.

Damon Lindelof: Yes.

Carlton Cuse: These are going to be the things that make you feel like you actually know a little bit about what's going on, even more than us, maybe.

Flight 815 crash


Damon Lindelof: Desmond David Hume is solely responsible for the crash of Flight 815.

Carlton Cuse: He quit pushing the button, and the electromagnetic forces that built up as a result of him not pushing the button fried the instrumentation on the plane, and caused the plane to become unstable, split in two and plunge to our Island.

Damon Lindelof: One of the things we’re learning is that the Island is very hard to get to, in fact, especially hard to get to safely. So he would have to have a very large magnet pulling a very large metal object towards it in order to get through the barriers defenses. Is that the word we should use?

Carlton Cuse: I would say yes, you know, barriers, perhaps.

Damon Lindelof: If not, Desmond.

Carlton Cuse: Do you see what's going on with those screens over on the side next to you?

Damon Lindelof: I’m trying not to be distracted by them. I’m actually watching the one up over to the left of you, which I think is the home shopping network.

Carlton Cuse: That is …

Damon Lindelof: Either that, or it's Doctor Marvin Candle, I can’t tell the difference.

Pushing the button


Carlton Cuse: Pushing the button was not a psychological experiment. It was actually literally necessary to trigger an electromagnetic discharge. If this electromagnetic discharge did not occur every 108 minutes, then the buildup of electromagnetic forces would actually ultimately create something that could conceivably end the world, and if Desmond had not turned the failsafe key you would not be watching this video right now at all.

Damon Lindelof: Wow … kind of. That's intense.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah.

Damon Lindelof: But …

Carlton Cuse: There are no mincing words on this topic.

Damon Lindelof: I think the idea of sort of trusting the machine, what if the power goes out, or what if the station gets taken over by the hostiles? You know, it absolutely had to be manned by human beings.

Carlton Cuse: What if the machine becomes sentient?

Damon Lindelof: Yeah, well, then you’ve got a terminator situation.

Carlton Cuse: That’s bad.

Damon Lindelof: Oh, I’ll just place HAL in charge of the button because he's not going to go crazy or anything.

Carlton Cuse: He doesn’t care. He doesn't care if the world blows up.

Damon Lindelof: Just name one science fiction story where the robot taking care of the fate of the world doesn’t go crazy.

Carlton Cuse: There isn’t one.

Damon Lindelof: There isn’t.

Carlton Cuse: None.

Damon Lindelof: Except for this one, because we have a guy down there …

Carlton Cuse: No robots.

Damon Lindelof: … who goes crazy, but you know, at least a human being.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah.

Damon Lindelof: There is that.

Electromagnetic threat


Carlton Cuse: Is there still electromagnetism on the Island? I would say yes, there is. Is there electromagnetism that is going to lead to an imploding black hole and the end of civilization as we know it? Perhaps not.

Damon Lindelof: Let's just say, theoretically, inside the Island there was this ball of electromagnetic energy. And, let's just say, there was a group of people—we’ll call them the DHARMA Initiative—sort of drilling around, and doing general futzing on the Island, and they accidentally drilled into this hole, and suddenly that entire ball of electromagnetism became untapped, so they built this Swan Station above it, in an effort that it wouldn’t get completely out of control. So, by plugging that hole, you don’t actually do away with all the electromagnetism. It's still there.

Carlton Cuse: It became tapped, actually.

Damon Lindelof: Yes, tapped, that’s right.

Carlton Cuse: Not untapped, but then now it's been re-corked. Let's just call it corked. It's been corked. It's not—it's … its fine. Don’t worry about it.

Damon Lindelof: It's tapped.

Carlton Cuse: Don’t worry about it right now. You’re OK.

Damon Lindelof: I’ve had so much beer in my life that I should know what tapped and untapped is.

Carlton Cuse: Especially before this.

Supply drops


Damon Lindelof: I would say that we haven’t seen the last supply drop.

Carlton Cuse: Right, the drops. How these supply drops get on to the Island is a mystery which remains a mystery. That is not a question that we have answered yet, but somehow they do appear.

Damon Lindelof: Just because there is a parachute attached to a box doesn’t necessarily make it a drop either.

Carlton Cuse: That’s right.

Damon Lindelof: The DHARMA Initiative can be tricky.

Carlton Cuse: The ratio between supply drops is also not something that we have defined yet, although there is a lot of DHARMA stuff on each of those pallets. So, you know, I’m not sure how often you need more DHARMA mac-and-cheese, but it would probably last six months.

Damon Lindelof: Yea. That’s for a party of two. I mean, once Kelvin went away, Desmond was probably, you know, either getting double portions or who knows.

Carlton Cuse: What if you want to have a party? Like, you know you might eat too much mac-and-cheese.

Damon Lindelof: That’s kind of what happened. Our castaways have probably gone mostly through the last pallet by now. Thank God they're getting rescued.

Carlton Cuse: That’s right. It is good. It's good news.

Walt/psychic powers


Damon Lindelof: Walt Demonstrated some.

Carlton Cuse: He does have some psychic powers. The full nature of Walt’s powers is not clear but he also appeared to John Locke at the end of season three and …

Damon Lindelof: He appeared to Shannon as well in the beginning of season 2.

Carlton Cuse: … and he is also bigger too.

Damon Lindelof: He has also grown a tad, so I think we might be addressing that in the future.

Carlton Cuse: That’s right.

Damon Lindelof: Learn more about Walt.

Carlton Cuse: So, the kind of the question is, "Did the Island draw him there because he has psychic powers?" or "Does he have some greater purpose that was sort of his destiny to go to the Island … was it preordained?" Those kinds of things are good questions.

Walt/Hatch computer


Damon Lindelof: Yeah, we can say that was Walt on the computer.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah, he’s a good typist.

Damon Lindelof: But he might not …

Carlton Cuse: He has exceptional typing skills

Damon Lindelof: … or he might not even have needed a computer. When you have psychic powers, maybe you just think about the internet and you start IMing people.

Carlton Cuse: Is that how you write?

Damon Lindelof: That is how I write, but often, like, I’ll get to the office and I’ll be, like, “Did you get pages?” and people will be, like, “What are you talking about?” Like, I was writing them psychically and then I have to manually input them myself because people think I’m crazy.

Carlton Cuse: Oh, nobody thinks you're crazy.

Damon Lindelof: I don’t know … wacky.

Walt/Room 23


Damon Lindelof: Walt has definitely spent some time in Room 23; absolutely.

Carlton Cuse: That’s really not a place you want to go. Room 23 is not a good place, but sometimes, if you don’t conform to what's necessary to be a good Other, you might find yourself in Room 23. The DHARMA Initiative was actually using that room as part of their, you know, psychological experimentation, but unfortunately the Others have co-opted it and it's not … it's not a good place.

Damon Lindelof: If you sleep with the boss's daughter, that's where you get thrown.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah.

Damon Lindelof: Some people just get fired, but on the Island, it's Room 23 for you and lots of mindless images and loud music.

Carlton Cuse: They're not so mindless. They can actually permeate your brain …

Damon Lindelof: Right.

Carlton Cuse: … and not in ways that are good.

Damon Lindelof: As opposed to things that permeate your brain in a good way.

Carlton Cuse: That’s right.

Damon Lindelof: Like, uh …

Carlton Cuse: Coffee?

Damon Lindelof: Television commercials.

Carlton Cuse: That’s right.

Polar bears


Carlton Cuse: The story of the polar bears has pretty clearly been answered by the show. The polar bears were brought to the Island by the DHARMA Initiative and they were doing research with the polar bears. The specific nature of the polar bear research has not been revealed, but they were being held in the Hydra station. Sawyer was being held in a polar bear cage. The DHARMA Initiative abandoned the Hydra station and the polar bears got set free. They have bred, multiplied, and made the Island their home and that is why there are polar bears on a tropical island.

Damon Lindelof: We know there is at least one polar bear still out there.

Carlton Cuse: At least.

Damon Lindelof: One got shot in the pilot, so we know there were at least two cages we saw there, so who knows?

Carlton Cuse: Right. And two polar bears might make more polar bears.

Damon Lindelof: And polar bears are smart enough to use those fancy contraptions to get fish biscuits. Who knows what they’re plotting?

Carlton Cuse: They're certainly smart enough to sleep with each other.

Damon Lindelof: How did they get Carlton from the hy … because we know the Hydra station is on a separate island entirely … but we’ve spotted the … polar bears on our Island, so did they …

Carlton Cuse: They swam!

Damon Lindelof: Oh.

Carlton Cuse: Polar bears are excellent swimmers, you know?

Damon Lindelof: I think I read that somewhere.

Carlton Cuse: You like, you ever watch one of those arctic documentaries? They're always, like, swimming.

Damon Lindelof: I have. It's just a considerable distance, so I’m just impressed.

Carlton Cuse: They're awesome polar bears, so they swam over to the Island.

Damon Lindelof: That’s about as definitive as an answer gets, I guess.

Carlton Cuse: On Lost certainly.



Carlton Cuse: Charlie is dead.

Damon Lindelof: Charlie Pace is dead by … we’re defining dead by …

Carlton Cuse: By being dead.

Damon Lindelof: Yeah, by being dead.

Carlton Cuse: That would be …

Damon Lindelof: Breathing.

Carlton Cuse: … breathing, living.

Damon Lindelof: Heartbeat.

Carlton Cuse: Yes, exactly. Dead does not mean that you can’t reappear. Obviously Christian Shephard's father …

Damon Lindelof: No Jack’s father.

Carlton Cuse: … Jack’s father, Christian Shephard, is dead but still manages to show up in the show. In terms of actually physically, corporally in existence though, he’s dead.

Carlton Cuse: Mikhail is dead at least twice.

Damon Lindelof: Mikhail Bakunin is dead.

Carlton Cuse: Definitely dead; dead.

Damon Lindelof: DOA.

Damon Lindelof: Kelvin is dead.

Carlton Cuse: Kelvin is dead.

Damon Lindelof: Desmond accidentally smashed his head on a rock, so … doesn’t have to invite him to his birthday party anymore; dead.

Carlton Cuse: Dead.

Carlton Cuse: Nikki and Paulo are dead.

Damon Lindelof: Yeah.

Carlton Cuse: They got buried alive but pretty much the sand smothered them. They’re now dead; dead.

Damon Lindelof: Dead.

Carlton Cuse: Radzinsky, unfortunately, is also dead.

Damon Lindelof: By his own hand; shot himself.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah, those are his brains that are splattered up on the roof of the hatch.

Damon Lindelof: One with the hatch.

Carlton Cuse: Not to mention that the brain splatter material is now in the center of an ultra dense metal ball.

Damon Lindelof: That’s right.

Mittelos Bioscience


Carlton Cuse: Mittelos Bioscience is a cover that is used by the Others in the real world and obviously we’ve seen that Richard Alpert has the ability to travel back and forth from the Island to the real world, and it's entirely possible that other characters …

Damon Lindelof: Well Ethan, too …

Carlton Cuse: Yeah, Ethan, so yes. So the others can go back and forth, except the exact way in which they go back and forth and how that happens …

Damon Lindelof: Well it’s the sub right?

Carlton Cuse: Well, maybe.

Damon Lindelof: OK. Wow.

Carlton Cuse: Maybe, maybe not.

Damon Lindelof: Interesting.

Carlton Cuse: The sub could be part of it. Let's just put it that way.

Damon Lindelof: And these people thought they were getting definitive answers … ha-ha! Hey look over there!

Carlton Cuse: Mittelos Bioscience is not a real company. You can’t go there and actually become a member of the Mittelos rock-climbing team.

Damon Lindelof: Why Mittelos Bioscience?

Carlton Cuse: Well Mittelos is an acronym for “lost time”.

Damon Lindelof: Wow.

Carlton Cuse: Which is not a randomly chosen acronym, would you say?

Damon Lindelof: I would say nothing on the show is randomly chosen, but I’d be lying.

Carlton Cuse: I think the notion of how time relates to the Others and their travels back and forth to the Island is something the show will be exploring very soon.

Anthony Cooper


Damon Lindelof: We can say that the Others are responsible for bringing Cooper to the Island.

Carlton Cuse: Yes, they staged an auto accident and he was taken into an ambulance, and he was drugged and he woke up, and he was on the Island and … so that was true. They did get him there.

Damon Lindelof: We know that drugs and accidents tend to result in you coming to the Island, so draw your own conclusion.

Carlton Cuse: And the Others … yes, there are other nefarious things the Others are doing in the real world, but we can’t tell you about that yet.

Marvin Candle/Mark Wickmund/Edgar Halliwax


Carlton Cuse: Marvin Candle …

Damon Lindelof: Mark Wickmund …

Carlton Cuse: … and Edgar Halliwax are triplets. No.

Damon Lindelof: Are they? Maybe they're … well, clones to say the least.

Carlton Cuse: Or maybe they're all one person? You know, if I was a betting man, I might say that it's one guy with three different names.

Damon Lindelof: I would take that bet.

Carlton Cuse: Oh, good. OK.

Damon Lindelof: What kind of odds are you going to give me?

Carlton Cuse: Three-to-one. (laughs)

Damon Lindelof: Yes, there is a guy …

Carlton Cuse: Yeah.

Damon Lindelof: Who looks the same. Well, one of them has a hand.

Carlton Cuse: A fake hand.

Damon Lindelof: Fake hand.

Carlton Cuse: Well, he could have just … Marvin could have lost his hand in some incident. You know what, I believe the audience needs to know more about Doctor Candle/Halliwax/Wickmund and I think we will tell the audience more about him in the future of the show. That’s coming up.

Damon Lindelof: Next …

Carlton Cuse: Season …

Damon Lindelof: … after the break

Blast door map


Damon Lindelof: Yes, based on Radzinsky's travels, that is an incredibly accurate map. Although, I would say that there is maybe some parts of it that we haven't seen yet because we know that under various lighting conditions different parts of the map are visible.

Carlton Cuse: Right. There are two spectrums to that map and we've only seen one and he didn't know. Like, Radzinsky didn't make it underwater so, you know, there are certain things that exist that were part of the DHARMA Initiative that Radzinsky did not know about.

Damon Lindelof: You know, in the middle of Radzinsky’s map, there is a question mark station. He didn't know what it was and we now know that is the Pearl station.

Carlton Cuse: And there is references to the monster and these certain events and things that kind of indicate the way the monster travels around the Island and that's pretty definitive too.

Damon Lindelof: I would really like to learn more about Radzinsky's travels.

Carlton Cuse: That sounds like a spin-off series.

Damon Lindelof: Radzinsky's travels?

Carlton Cuse: We could do two seasons of Radzinsky's travels.

Damon Lindelof: At least two seasons.

Carlton Cuse: Awesome.



Carlton Cuse: Hostiles = others is true.

Damon Lindelof: Wow, you seem really sure of that.

Carlton Cuse: It is.

Damon Lindelof: The DHARMA Initiative referred to the people on the Island before they were there as the Hostiles.

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: And then when we got here, the 815 people, they referred to the people on the Island before they got there as the Others. So, then by that definition, the Hostiles are the Others. But that doesn't mean that the Others don't/aren't compromised of some members of the DHARMA Initiative, right?

Carlton Cuse: That's true, exactly. I think it would be fair to assume that the Others/Hostiles have included people from other groups that have ended up on this island into their ranks.

Damon Lindelof: Right.

Carlton Cuse: So, they're not a pure society. They are a society that has incorporated other people into it over time.

Damon Lindelof: What would be very interesting to me is if you came to the Island now, there would be the people from 815 on the Island, and there would be Rousseau, who came via a ship, and there would be the Others, but you wouldn't distinguish between. There would just be people on the Island, so what would you call them?

Carlton Cuse: I would call them people on the Island.

Damon Lindelof: Right. So they are just people on the Island.

Carlton Cuse: But there still might be some others on the Island, too.

Damon Lindelof: Yes, there are definitely others on the Island.

Carlton Cuse: Alright.

Damon Lindelof: And Hostiles.

Carlton Cuse: Hostile other people on the Island.

Damon Lindelof: And ex-members of the DHARMA Initiative.

Carlton Cuse: Yes.

Locke's paralysis


Carlton Cuse: Locke arrived at the Island and discovered that he was no longer paralyzed; he was, yes, truth. He was paralyzed before he got to the Island. When he arrived at the Island, yes, he could walk again. Now he has had a couple of incidents where his legs had begun to fail him, so is his healing a permanent condition? That's not clear. That's a question.

Damon Lindelof: But the Island is responsible for the healing.

Carlton Cuse: Yes.

Damon Lindelof: We know that he was paralyzed as a result of a fall from a very high place, and that he was still paralyzed when he got onto Flight 815, and as soon as 815 crashed, he was no longer paralyzed; so that's about as definitive as you can be.

Carlton Cuse: I think he is certainly worried that, if he left the Island, his paralysis would return and I think …

Damon Lindelof: He's just not interested in leaving the Island on any level.

Carlton Cuse: No.

Damon Lindelof: Why go?

Carlton Cuse: Yeah. Go back to his box company in Tustin? I think not.

Damon Lindelof: I could work at a box company or I could be the lord of my own sort of domain and carry a knife around.

Henry Gale


Carlton Cuse: I think there was a real Henry Gale who was a balloonist who crossed paths with …

Damon Lindelof: Don't give away too much now.

Carlton Cuse: … the Island and crashed and his identity was assumed by Benjamin Linus for his own purposes.

Damon Lindelof: But why he was ballooning in that vicinity, we do not know.

Carlton Cuse: No.

Damon Lindelof: But we might find out. But he was not a member of the DHARMA Initiative.

Carlton Cuse: No, he was an unlucky soul who ended up crossing paths with the Others and didn't fare well from it.

Damon Lindelof: It's crazy, because Ben was Henry for so long that we never thought we would get used to him being Ben, but …

Carlton Cuse: Yeah, I'm used to it.

Damon Lindelof: Now I'm used to it, too. We need to change his name again.

Carlton Cuse: Exactly, that would be good. Next year his name changed.

Damon Lindelof: Keep them on their toes.

Carlton Cuse: Ken?

Damon Lindelof: Very close to Ben. Kenry?

Richard Alpert


Damon Lindelof: It's Richard Alpert.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah, he is still the same Richard Alpert.

Damon Lindelof: There is only one Alpert.

Carlton Cuse: That's true. He's just a guy who's held up incredibly well over a lot of years and I think that's pretty much all we have to say about him right now. He just has fantastic skin, genes, and hair. We've heard that he's 602 years old and there is just no way he is older than 601.

Damon Lindelof: Yeah, exactly. He doesn't look a day over 601.

Carlton Cuse: I know.

Damon Lindelof: Age is all relative on the Island I would say and we do know that the Island, if it can fix Rose and she has cancer, and it could fix Locke and he was paralyzed, what sort of effect might it have on how cells age is up for interpretation. People are always asking why Kate is not growing hair on her legs.

Carlton Cuse: That's true.

Damon Lindelof: So …

Carlton Cuse: Maybe the ultimate mystery of Lost is that someone wants to build a giant spa there?

Damon Lindelof: I can't believe you just gave that away on the DVD!

Penny and the listening station


Carlton Cuse: I think it's pretty clear that Penny established this listening station to try and find Desmond.

Damon Lindelof: Well, we know she was looking for the Island cause the guy says, "We found it!" and that’s what they were looking for.

Carlton Cuse: Right. Any sort of electromagnetic anomaly that might reveal the location of the Island, and so when Desmond didn’t push the button and there was sort of an electromagnetic blip, they were able to pick that up and that set in motion a series of events. We don’t know exactly what those events are, but we do know that, you know, there is a freighter that’s sitting offshore at the end of the season, and we know that Charlie and Penny have a video conversation, and so, you know, what exactly is going on there is not yet been … we haven’t told that story yet.

Damon Lindelof: Yeah, how does Penny even know there is an Island? I mean, we know that Desmond entered a sailing race that she wasn’t happy about, and then he got caught in a storm and he ended up being on the Island for almost four years, but how does she know there is an Island to look for?

Carlton Cuse: Ah … I’m not telling.

Damon Lindelof: Will you please?

Carlton Cuse: No.

Damon Lindelof: What if I give you a dollar?

DHARMA Orientation films


Carlton Cuse: Each station has its own orientation video. I mean, the DHARMA Initiative was very thorough, and when they trained people for work in the stations, they showed them training videos. So, whether we are going to see them all … you know that might get a little tedious, that every time you go to a station you have to see an orientation video. Some of them are, however, are pretty compelling. The one for the Orchid is pretty compelling because we think it implies they were messing around with properties of space and time at the Orchid station and that’s something which I think the audience would be really curious to know more about.

Damon Lindelof: We know that there are were at least six official DHARMA stations from the training films, because when we first see the Swan, I believe that’s film four-of-six.

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: But there is no such connotation in the Orchid films or the Pearl, which is also a sort of unofficial station. So it could be argued that there might be more hatches and more films than just six.

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: We’ve seen four now.

Carlton Cuse: Right, and there will be more.



Carlton Cuse: The countdown station in the hatch had hieroglyphic symbols.

Damon Lindelof: Those characters spell out the word "underworld" in sort of traditional Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Although there are many interpretations of hieroglyphics, that’s what we were going for.

Carlton Cuse: Right, and I think obviously, the fact that they are hieroglyphics, and we found a four-toed statue, that’s also something from the past. I think you can sort of surmise that there is a history on the Island that predates the DHARMA Initiative and that were talking about an Island that has been visited. Obviously, the Black Rock was from the late 1700s, so it might be a proper conjecture to say that hey there were people on this Island a long, long, time ago from other places.

Damon Lindelof: And that the DHARMA Initiative was giving them a shout-out when they built the countdown clock.

Carlton Cuse: Right.

Damon Lindelof: Just covering their bases.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah.

Damon Lindelof: Props to the Egyptians and that sort of thing.

The Island


Damon Lindelof: If an Island is defined by land mass surrounded by water, they are on an Island.

Carlton Cuse: Right, that’s good.

Damon Lindelof: Right.

Carlton Cuse: Yeah, I don’t think we should say anything more than that.

Damon Lindelof: Yes, that’s how …

Carlton Cuse: That’s right.

Damon Lindelof: This is about definitive answers. We have defined the term Island; we’ve confirmed that we are, in fact, on one.

Carlton Cuse: And it's surrounded by water.

Damon Lindelof: It is.

Carlton Cuse: But everything beyond that is kind of up for grabs.