What Was Cut From the Lost Finale?
Though ABC aired the Lost series finale last night as a two-and-a-half-hour event, there were still scenes, lines, and moments from the first cut that may not have made it on the air. (All the more time to sell to Target!) Using promotional photos, paparazzi pictures, and some post-finale reflections from those in the know, we've found four items of interest that may have fallen on the editing room floor:
The mysterious, all-knowing Eloise Hawking got no more than three poignant lines in last night's finale, but was there more than that shot between her and Desmond? Several photos indicate a scene between them that we didn't see, where both were standing up and Desmond holds her in a near-embrace. Then again, it could have been alternate blocking for the scene we did see, and an ABC set photographer just happened to snap pictures of that. Whatever the case, Eloise's portrayer Fionnula Flanagan was finally listed in the opening credits as a series regular for the episode, after seasons of guest star work.
Executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse told the New York Times that Walt would be back in the finale in some form, but aside from a nanosecond glimpse of him when the Sideways characters recalled their past lives, he was nowhere to be found. Complicating matters even further: Malcolm David Kelley traveled to Hawaii and was snapped by spies last month (at the set used for the Santa Rosa mental institution) while the finale was shooting. Might he have appeared in a cut scene?
The Man in Black's Name
According to Kristin Dos Santos at E!, the man in black did indeed have a name, and it was even written in the script: Samuel. At what point the name would have been revealed -- and whether Lindelof and Cuse ultimately decided the character was just cooler without one -- is unknown.
ABC's promotional photos, released after the finale, show Jack's dad at the front of the church, addressing the assembled Lostaways:
Whatever he's saying, Penny is not thrilled that she's been deprived of a line: