There's some spoilers about Tuesday's upcoming episode, as well as some (vague) hints about which characters/questions are going to be addressed before the series finale, so click the above link at your own risk ...
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* On the oft-discussed subject of what questions will get answered and what won't, Lindelof and Cuse reiterated that to them, what was important was to answer questions the characters care about. Lindelof noted, "We're not going to explain who The Economist is," referring to one of the targets Ben had Sayid hunting. Lindelof and Cuse also said they debate when answering a certain question is worthy of a couple of lines of dialogue, vs. an entire episode. Lindelof humorously noted one such example was why Frank Lapidus did not end up piloting Flight 815, saying that if a character asked Frank why that was, "He can either answer or we can 'woosh' and do a whole episode [explaining that]." Lindelof joked that, "Lapidus is better" just speaking directly – implying we may indeed get some dialogue explaining that scenario.
* Will we get an answer on the bird that seemed to cry out Hurley's name? "That is on our list of things to explain," said Lindelof. Though Kitsis couldn't resist adding, "That doesn't mean we will!"
* On the subject of Walt, the producers said he absolutely would still be on the show if it weren't for the simple fact that actor Malcolm David Kelley was so obviously older, with Cuse noting it simply, "Doesn't fit" into the current timeline of the show. However, Cuse revealed, "We are actively working on a way to bring Walt back before Lost is done."
* Would we find out why The Others said Jack, "Wasn't on Jacob's list," considering we now have seen a list from Jacob that Jack is on? Lindelof replied they had, "No intention" of directly answering that, saying it was up to the viewer to interpret if those early mentions of a list from Jacob were at all legitimate, considering Ben was controlling The Others at the time. For the record, Lindelof himself said he believed Ben was behind "Jacob's" list he gave The Others, pulling the strings he felt were needed in order to manipulate Jack into performing surgery on him.
* # Scheer tried to get Zuleikha Robinson to hint at any background she might have learned about her mysterious character, Illana, and directly asked whether she might also be much older than she appears, like Richard. Robinson did her Lost duty and wouldn't answer, but Lindelof decided to tease, "Illana and Richard will have things to say to each other and about each other in the near future."
* There won't be any future appearances from Matthew Abaddon.
* Adam Horowitz was given the okay by Cuse and Lindelof to say that the Libby/Hurley connection will be fully revealed. When the crowd cheered at this news, Horowitz sheepishly said, "I hope you like it…!"
* Lindelof coyly noted, "We might see Bernard in a flash-sideways," but wouldn't confirm whether we would see Rose and Bernard on the island again. Dog lovers can rejoice however, as Vincent will indeed be seen at some point during Season 6.
* A fan asked about a topic we've discussed quite a bit at IGN since we saw Ben Linus as a teacher in "The Substitute." Will we find out how the flash-sideways Ben survived and got off the island? Said Emerson, "It's already been satisfactorily explained to me."
* Will we find out whether Desmond literally disappeared from the plane in LA X or was an actual passenger? "You will get the answer to that question very shortly on the show," said Cuse.
* As the panel came to an end, Scheer asked for a single word to describe the last three episodes of the series. Lindelof paused and then answered, "Water."
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A thought about the end of the series having to do with water. Ok, well, the Island is sunk, that much is obvious. But I'm wondering if water is the Monster's one big weakness. Yeah, sure, it would be a bit similar to the aliens in Signs, but we've never seen the Monster get too far off the ground when it's flying, which would seem to imply that he can't just fly off of the Island. And if you're going to trap a creature that is harmed by water, what better prison than an island?
Kirk, crackers are a family food. Happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
I'm late to this party because I'm a DVR viewer but this episode was awesome. Best biblical circumcision references in a sci fi show ever. Great opening scene that was not a dream? Check. Cromartie: They don't have faith in you like I do. Ellison: