Returning 2009: Lost

ABC, Wednesdays Beginning Jan. 21

The bad news for Lost fans is that only two more seasons of the show remain. The good news is that from here on out, the ratio of questions answered to questions raised should shift in a direction that will leave viewers less confused about what is really going on.

“We’re not that far from the end of the show, so we’ve kind of turned the corner and we’re more significantly in answer mode this season,” says Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse.

Considering that the Season 5 premiere, titled “Because You Left,” picks up immediately after the events of last season’s finale, expect the fate of Jin and Michael to be one of those answers.

“What we can say is that it would be a huge cop out to say that both of them survived,” says head writer Damon Lindelof. “That being said, Daniel Dae Kim has been spotted working in Hawaii and he will appear on the show in some form — but because the storytelling we’re doing this year is not necessarily in the same time continuum as you might expect, whether or not he survived the boat blast is to be determined.”

The cast for this season includes some new faces — Reiko Aylesworth (24), Zuleikha Robinson (Rome), Said Taghmaoui (Vantage Point), as well as the return of a familiar one — Michelle Rodriguez, as one of the show’s most polarizing characters, Ana Lucia — for at least one episode.

“You’ll also be able to put faces to some names that we’ve dropped on the show where we’ve never actually seen that person,” hints Lindelof.

As for the content of the upcoming season, Cuse and Lindelof are understandably tight-lipped, but they say they are particularly excited about an episode titled “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham,” which is slated to air around the middle of the season and presumably will explain how Bentham (a.k.a. John Locke) wound up in that coffin at the end of last season.

“You don’t have to wait that long to start to find out what happened to Locke,” says Lindelof, “but it’s safe to say that that’s an episode where a lot of things come together.”

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