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Pre-Season 5 'Lost' Finale Q&A With Show Runners Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof

Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney talk to "Lost" show runners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof about the season finale and looming final season of the ABC drama. Video by Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney/The Washington Post, photos courtesy ABC

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

As the executive producers and chief narrative navigators of ABC's "Lost," Carlton Cuse, 50, and Damon Lindelof, 36, are the two men responsible for delivering the multiple mysteries that have characterized five seasons of this tropical island brainteaser. (Whether you're apathetic or apoplectic about the show at this point, you have these guys to thank -- or blame.)

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Ahead of tonight's Season 5 finale -- starting at 9 -- Lindelof and Cuse talk about what makes their creative marriage work and how they will cope when "Lost" comes to an end next season, all while evading our pointed questions about exactly what will happen in the season ender.

-- Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney

How do you make [your partnership] work?

Carlton: It's all about listening.

Damon: Yeah, it's about communication and I think that --

Carlton: -- it's about not interrupting. About paying attention to the other person --

[The two begin talking simultaneously.]

You two are so close. How are you going to split up, if that's the case, without a lot of counseling?

Damon: We're both looking forward to whatever [this relationship] becomes beyond "Lost," but the core friendship is there. . . . Considering that we get asked all the time, "Do you know where you're going with the ending of 'Lost'?" it's nice to say that there's one question that we're okay with not knowing the answer to.

Damon, we know you're helping to co-write the next "Star Trek" movie. . . . Can you tell us more?

Damon: My hope is that the majority of heavy lifting on "Trek 2" will be done before we dive back into writing "Lost" in mid-July, though Carlton and I and the writers have already done about a month of work on the final season.

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