Discussions about what the series finale of Lost really meant are still going on and will likely will continue for some time. Was it all purgatory? Did it really happen or was it all in Jack’s mind?
One person who doesn’t seem to have any problem understanding the end is Michael Emerson. The actor played morally-challenged Benjamin Linus on the ABC series for five seasons. He recently visited Attack of the Show and set the record straight.
Emerson said, “A real plane crashed on a real island, and real survivors lived there for a period of time and had adventures. And then they passed over.”
He also teased that there was more story to come. In the finale, Hurley (Jorge Garcia) becomes the island’s new protector and Ben agrees to help him, much like Richard Alpert helped Jacob. In the final minutes of the Lost finale, when they see each other in the afterlife, they quietly exchange compliments about how well they did their jobs on the island; seemingly an indication that they worked together on the island for some time.
We didn’t get to see them in their new jobs in the finale but Emerson says that some of that partnership was filmed. He said, “For those people who want to pony up and buy the complete Lost series [on DVD], there is a bonus feature which is, you can call it an epilogue, a lost scene. It’s a lot. It’s 12 or 14 minutes that opens a window onto that gap of unknown time between Hurley becoming number one and the end of the series.”
In thinking about it, Emerson wasn’t sure if he was going to get in trouble for sharing that piece of information. When asked if this could lead to a Hurley and Me type of spin-off, Emerson said, “No, it’s self-contained although it’s a rich period in the show’s mythology that has never been explored so who knows what will become of it.”
It’s unclear if Emerson is talking about is the same additional footage that will supposedly be included with the season six DVDs. It sounds like its separate but, since we don’t have official release information, we can’t be sure just yet.
What do you think? Would you be interested in seeing the added footage that Emerson mentioned? How about some kind of spin-off with Hurley and Ben, island protectors?