We approach it on three levels. First we have discussions about the uber-mythology and plant the big landmark events in rough locations. Then at the end of each season we have a writer's mini camp where we discuss the arc of the upcoming season in great detail. Then we break each individual episode and see where we end up at the end of each break. We give ourselves a fair amount of latitude to listen to the show and react - writing more or less for various characters or situations depending on how they play.
The show that really affected me, however, was Twin Peaks, which I'd watch every week with my dad. He'd tape the show on his VCR - remember those? - and we'd watch the episode again right after it aired in our quest to pull every last clue out of the show.
The idea of a TV show being a mystery and a game that spawned hundreds of theories obviously was a major precedent (that's a fancy way of saying we ripped it off) for Lost.
SheKnows: Now that you are close to being finished with writing season five, how does it feel to know you are so close to the home stretch in this epic? Has it brought out reflections or feelings you didn't expected either personally about the process or towards the storyline?
Carlton Cuse: I think all of us who work on the show know what a special experience it is. Our ability to negotiate and end date to the show so far in advance was I believe unprecedented in network TV. It has given us a real sense of what the journey is going to be. Normally when you work on a TV show you never know when it is going to end. You're just trying to survive season to season until the proverbial horse drops out from underneath you. We're not quite far enough along yet to start to wax nostalgic, but I think we all recognize that we've had a chance to do something really extraordinary.
I was watching all the bonus features and thinking about the special alchemy of Lost. You can do your best as a storyteller but on TV you also need a great cast, crew, directors, composer, etc. You really see on those features what a collaborative art form it is. We are truly blessed that this assembly of talent came together for this project. The journey of making a show over six years and the hours it takes really makes you a family - and we're about as happy and as functional a TV family as I've ever seen or worked with.
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