Remember the series finale of Lost? It aired more than two years ago and people are still angry about the lackluster two-part episode. Did the castaways go to heaven or something? Actor Terry O’Quinn, who played the character Locke on Lost, is starring in ABC’s new supernatural drama 666 Park Avenue and he still can’t seem to get away from angry Lost fans that still have questions about its mediocre season finale.
In an interview with Vulture, O’Quinn speaks about his experience making the season finale and how people continue to come up to him and ask what happened at the end of Lost. O’Quinn’s tone during the interview seems unaffected by remembering Lost. It seems almost as if he knew the season finale was a stinker and was just happy to be done with the series.
The funny thing was my reaction to the ending and the experience of shooting the ending was strangely unemotional. Because we were shooting the last month and I think we were all preparing for this experience to end and it was a big, pretty intense experience. And I think we sort of had — or at least I did, only speaking for myself — one foot out the door. At least emotionally.
After six years of working on Lost, it’s strange that O’Quinn seemed complacent with the experience. It’s almost as if he was happy to move on to something else.
When people ask him about the ending, O’Quinn is equally unaffected by how it was received by general audiences. He had no explanation for what happened at the very end of the episode when the Lost castaways were waiting in a non-denominational church. O’Quinn reveals…
I say, “I guess we all went to heaven.” I don’t know. [Laughs.] I didn’t ask the writers to give me the clear answer of what every single thing meant. And I tell people it was clearly about a journey. I was aware in around season four that they had so many balls in the air that they were going to let a few drop. [Laughs.] So I was okay with that.
After two years since the season finale of Lost, many of the show’s fans are still alienated by the series’ mysteries and how everything came together. Honestly, looking back at the entire series’ run of Lost, it started off on a high note but as the years passed, the quality of the series dropped precipitously. Maybe it was our fault for having high expectations that could never be met by anything short of greatness.