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It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since the island gang was first introduced into our lives. And, Hurley. And Doctor Jack. And the Dharma Initiative. And, pretty much everything else about that show that we were straight-up obsessed with. But, ridiculous as the amount of time we spent watching, analyzing, and then rewatching Lost was, it was something that took over the entire country. Therefore, we feel we have full permission to go crazy.
Last night was the 10th anniversary reunion of our favorite show ever, and we got to sit in a theater with 3,000 other Lost superfans. (Almost) the entire cast showed up for the event, along with showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. There was a whole lot of reminiscing, as well as some big reveals (to us Lost-ies anyway). Ahead, our nine favorite tidbits we learned.
Several of the cast and crew made off with some mementos from the set that they maybe weren't supposed to. Damon and Carlton stole the top of the hatch, Jorge Garcia kept Hurley's paintings from the mental institution, and Josh Holloway ran off with Sawyer's boots. Although, to be fair, it turns out those were Holloway's own boots that they used for the character.
Terry O'Quinn (John Locke) walked approximately 12 miles from his North Beach home to the set every day. Once he let someone pull over and give him a ride, but she ended up forcing him to go to her house and meet her husband. Presumably, he never did that again.
The cast was just as much in the dark about the plotlines as the rest of us. There were a few notable exceptions, of course — Yunjin Kim knew that Sun could speak English, and Josh once guessed the island could move.
Not all of the Oceanic passengers were originally supposed to be in the show. In fact, Cuse and Lindelof created the characters of Sun and Hurley specifically for the actors — Sun after realizing that Yunjin Kim was actually a huge star in Korea, and Hurley after seeing Jorge Garcia sell weed to Larry David on an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
They killed Boone to prove a point. Cuse and Lindelof wanted to show that they meant business and that the cast was in real danger. In other words, they wanted to avoid the CSI: Miami effect, as they called it.
Jack was supposed to die in the pilot. There were big plans to promote Jack's character, introduce him to the cast, and then kill him off before the first episode was over. Luckily for us (and the islanders), the executives at ABC vetoed the idea.
Nikki and Paulo were supposed to have a whole season's worth of plotlines. But, then showrunners (and the audience) realized that no one liked them, so they buried them alive in a single episode.
The cast was never dead the entire time — and that wasn't even meant to be a possibility. The shot of the plane wreckage sans passengers before the credits rolled in the final episode was just meant to be a buffer before the first commercial played; in fact, it was old footage that they pulled out to fill time. But, Internet commenters and analysts had a heyday.
The cast had a ritual whenever a character was killed off: Drink mai tais and go skinny-dipping.