LOST co-creator/showrunner Damon Lindelof says he’s given up defending the show’s ending.
Contrasting the generally favorable reaction to Breaking Bad‘s September 29 finale to that of LOST, which ended over three years ago to more heated viewer response, Lindelof said:
Well, for starters, my Twitter feed was pretty much a unanimous run of, “Did you see that, Lindelof? That’s how you end a show. Three years later, it appears that it is not just enough to love Breaking Bad‘s finale. You also have to hate ours. Yeah, I know. Waaaaaah for me. I should go cry into my barrels full of money. But I swear to you, I’m not looking for empathy. I’m just looking for a way to stop. And I can’t.
Lindelof went on to praise the story of Breaking Bad, before evoking a little Walt White of his own. Lindelof says he stands by the way LOST ended, but after years of defending the show has vowed to let it go:
I stand by the Lost finale. It’s the story that we wanted to tell, and we told it. No excuses. No apologies. I look back on it as fondly as I look back on the process of writing the whole show. And while I’ll always care what you think, I can’t be a slave to it anymore. Here’s why:
I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really … I was alive.