Maggie Grace, Josh Holloway & Ian Somerhalder Celebrate “Lost” at PaleyFest

Posted Monday March 17, 2014 9:45 AM GMT

It has been way too long since we’ve seen this crew together, and last night (March 16) Maggie Grace, Ian Somerhalder and Josh Holloway reunited with their “Lost” costars at The Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest 2014 Honoring “Lost: 10th Anniversary Reunion.”

The beautiful trio was joined by Jorge Garcia, Henry Ian Cusick, Yunjin Kim and Malcolm David Kelley while honchos Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse fielded questions about the mysterious series finale.

When asked if the characters had been dead the whole time, Cuse declared, "No, no, no. They were not dead the whole time. At the end of the series finale, [an ABC exec] thought it would be good to have a buffer between when you have the end of the show and when they cut to say, a Clorox commercial.”

"We didn't have a lot of extra footage lying around, but we had footage of the plane wreckage on the beach. We thought, let's put those shots at the end of the show and it will be a little buffer and lull. And when people saw the footage of the plane with no survivors, it exacerbated the problem."

As for the meaning of the finale, Carlton noted, "Very early on we had decided that even though Lost is a show about people on the island, really, metaphorically, it was about people who were lost and searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. And because of that, we felt the ending really had to be spiritual, and one that talks about destiny. We would have long discourses about the nature of the show, for many years, and we decided it needed to mean something to us and our belief system and the characters and how all of us are here to lift each other up in our lives."

Damon chimed in, "For us, one of the ongoing conversations with the audience and there was a very early perception, was that the island was purgatory and we were always out there saying 'It's not purgatory, this is real, we're not going to Sixth Sense you.' And we felt it too that the show had to become sort of meta in this way. And so the writers said, 'Obviously, there are all these mysteries. But what if we answered a mystery that was never asked, what's the meaning of life and what happens when you die?'"

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