Minor spoilers: Lost Producer Jack Bender was speaking at the Banff World Television Festival, where the drama won an award for best continuing series over the weekend.
He has put to rest any fears that the show might finish next year with an inconclusive ending.
“There will be an ending to our show and I trust it will be a stimulating, satisfying ending…” he said.
“This show needs to be building toward a story finish. The audience can’t feel like the creative wheels are spinning and critically, there were times during [earlier seasons] where we were critically, and in terms of our audience, getting busted for spinning wheels a little bit.
“It’s not going to be a Sopranos-style blackout… I thought it was brilliant, by the way. But the Lost ending is not going to be like that. It’s going to be a real ending,” he said.
Bender also nodded towards the end of a television era where big productions are no more, in terms of cast and scope.
“Given the fact that network television is changing, it may be one of the last great rides of this kind of big epic storytelling. That’s not to say there won’t be another great big old show that is a serialized show in the future, [b]ut for awhile I think it’s going to be smaller and more procedural.”
Meanwhile actor Matthew Fox says, “I think it is going to be very satisfying and cathartic and redemptive and beautiful. I’ve talked to Damon [Lindelof, co-creator] pretty extensively and every time I talk to him it’s sort of surprising how moving it is just to talk about it.
“Like a third of the way in, I would guess we are going to [settle] in one time frame and it will be very linear – no more flashbacks, nothing,” he said. “It will be on the island and sort of a final conflict to the end.”
Lost winds up in 2010, or whatever year they decide to call it….