Work on the final season of Lost finally gets underway next week, with the writers getting down and out to finalize those plot details, before production begins the following month.
But one of those writers won't be showing up: Brian K. Vaughan is confirmed to be leaving the show, according to ABC.
"Unfortunately, he's leaving for greener pastures," executive producer Damon Lindelof told fans at a recent Q&A session, although he didn't elaborate what that exactly meant.
Vaughan joined Lost's writing staff on the back of his work on comic series Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina, and has since peppered the show's recent seasons with cliffhangers and pop culture references. There's this cheeky reference to himself, too--Hugo was reading one of his comic books in one episode. There's been speculation, however, that Vaughan is to oversee production of a film based on Y.
With that, the rest of the writers are pushing through, and there's some idea of what's in store for the show's final season. "We won't be vague and ambiguous," Lindelof told British fans in another event organized by the BAFTA in London. "There will be a lot of answers. We feel that if we hold anything back in the final season, it would be bad. Everyone's come this far and they want a conclusion to the story. We've no plans to continue the story of Lost beyond [season] six."
Fellow executive producer Carlton Cuse hinted that the final season wouldn't be as complicated as the past seasons. "There's a circularity to the show," he said, drawing comparisons to the first seasons.
It's no happy ending, note. "Bittersweet comes with the territory," Lindelof said. "The ending we're aspiring to is fair. As a viewer, whenever you have five minutes left, there's an intense sadness. The ending of [season] six will be different from other finales because there will be no cliffhanger."
And, in an unusual teasing of plans, Cuse revealed that the smoke monster will become "an interesting character in and of itself." Claire's return, anyone?