Michael Emerson (aka Benjamin Linus) Talks ‘Lost’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 5:27 pm,

Michael Emerson, who plays the sneaky, lying, methodical Benjamin Linus on ABC’s Lost, recently spoke with Collider about the show on the red carpet of the 2009 Saturn Awards (where Lost won Best Television Series). And Screen Rant (courtesy of Collider) has the video of the short interview for your viewing pleasure.

Matthew Fox has been the actor from the cast of Lost that has spoken the most publicly about his thoughts on the show’s mind-boggling fifth season, and of course the finale that left us all with eyes wide and drooling, with a million-and-one things to ponder until the sixth and last season starts in early 2010. But with Emerson playing one of the most interesting characters on the show (I don’t think the show gets better than when his character, Ben, is trading dialogue back and forth with John Locke), just what does he think of his role so far, the season 5 finale and the future/end of the Lost? Check out Collider’s video interview below to find out:

I think Emerson is completely right when he says the end of Lost will be bittersweet: It will truly be an end of an era, the end of a show unlike any other in terms of depth of mystery, storytelling and meaning. Not to sound too much like a “rah-rah” fanboy, but I really do think Lost is one of the greatest pieces of television ever conceived and I will be sad to see it go. I think when the final “LOST” title comes up on-screen I will then have to say to myself, “Well… what do I do now?”


[Warning: Some SPOILERS ahead]

However, having said that, I am very, very, very excited for what the writers have in store for us with how they’re going to bring Lost to a close. They have gotten us this far, with some some big risks being taken along the way (time-travel, moving the island, some of the survivors getting off the island two seasons before the end…), and I have every faith in them that they will bring the show to a satisfying conclusion. They’re not going to be able to please everyone and answer every single mystery they have created, but as long as they answer the big stuff – What is the smoke monster exactly? What is the nature of Jacob and the man in black? What the hell happened to the rest of the statue? – it will all be worthwhile.



Are you still a fan of Lost? Do you think the show will have a satisfying ending?

The sixth and last season of Lost will premiere in early 2010.

Source: Collider

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  1. I love lost but they could never do an ending that could live up to people’s expectations, its a great show but it wont live up

  2. I love the show.I think that your right, that they wont satisfy everyone. But as long as it has a great ending, I’ll be happy.

  3. I totally agree…it will be a bittersweet end. I am HUGE fan of Lost. I can’t wait to see how they wrap everything up, but when they do, it will be a sad day, because now you have all the answers but one of the greatest shows will be over. Let’s just hope its not the last tv team up of Abrams, Lindelof and Cuse.

  4. Locke better not be effing dead dead!!!

  5. I’m looking forward to all the answers the writers want to throw at us in the upcoming sixth season, but I will be sad to see it go. Lost is a rich universe with characters that make you feel pain when they hurt and smile when they succeed.

    And lord the mysteries, from polar bears and cryptic four toed statues to a monster made of smoke, the writers have not failed the audience. While the end may not satisfy everyone’s expectations, I feel the writers and actors will give us all they have for this final tour of the island and beyond.

  6. As long as they don’t have all the characters rejecting technology, going off to live out the remainder of their lives alone in a vast edenic paradise, or simply disappearing into thin air without ever once explaining how they came back from the dead, and as long as we never, not once, see JJ Abrams or Damon Lindelof reading a National Geographic, I think I’ll be happy.

  7. ‘Stephen Tilson’ – “As long as they don’t have all the characters rejecting technology, going off to live out the remainder of their lives alone in a vast edenic paradise”.
    I think at least a few if not many characters would actually want to stay on the island(unless they do a time travel finale and change the continuum)!