The unusual claim has been made to allow writers time to map out the key moves, and they couldn’t be happier.
Following a mid-season break this year, word is that these seasons will air unbroken from February to May.
Creator Damon Lindelof told the Hollywood Reporter having the end point in sight was “incredibly liberating. Like we’ve been running a marathon and we actually know where the finish line is for the first time.”
Lindelof and Cuse said they’ve had “a road map for the series with all the major mythological milestones and the ending in place” for a while.
“What we didn’t know was how long we had to play the story out,” Cuse said. “By defining the endpoint we can now really map out the rest of the series in confidence.”
There will be some puzzle play, too.
“We sort of view Lost as a mosaic,” Cuse said. “Now there are only 48 more tiles that go into that mosaic, and we’re figuring out, along with all the other writers, exactly where they all go.”