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Lost fans everywhere have been left hanging for months and months after the mind-blowing Season 5 finale, wondering just what the sixth and final season of Lost will entail. Just one of the many things on the list of questions we all have in mind is what will the title of the final season's two-hour premiere be? Well, today, almost six months in advanced, the title has been revealed: "LA X"
And YES, the space is intended...
The title hint first came about from a video by comedian Paul Scheer of him "sneaking into" ABC's lot to try and talk to Lost writers, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Scheer recently made an appearance at the Lost panel at Comic-Con where he presented Lindelof and Cuse with a hand-made velvet painting of the two writers with a polar bear (the website he provided as well was the aptly named www.damoncartlonandapolarbear.com). At first Scheer just seemed like some crazy overly enthusiastic fan wanting to express his love for the show (all us Lost fans feel like him inside, we just don't show it in front of other people...).
However, when Scheer sent /Film a letter a little while ago - followed by a mysterious letter sent to the site from Ronie Midfew Arts, claiming that Scheer was making Lost art entirely without their permission - the "average fan" status of Mr. Scheer started to become dubious. Now, with the following video, I think it's clear that Scheer is part of some sort of Lost viral marketing campaign (probably an ARG, or alternate reality game, which gives people the chance to uncover clues by working out puzzles and the like). Check out the video, but keep your wits about you: there are some Lost Easter eggs and a couple of appearances from a certain duo of writers:
So... "LA X", eh?
There's already been lots of speculation running rampant in the relatively short time since this info has been released. Obviously the title is a play on LAX, the Los Angeles airport where Oceanic 815 was supposed to have landed. But obviously that space in between the "LA" and the "X" isn't just as a result of Lindelof or Cuse's finger slipping on the keyboard - it's been confirmed as being, "important." So what could it mean?
[Warning: Lost Seasons 1-5 SPOILERS ahead]
The X could refer to the year 2010 (X being the roman numeral for the number 10) - the year which the final season of Lost will premiere. It could be signifying that Jack's plan to reset the timeline worked and the point where our Losties reappear will be at LAX airport as was planned. It could mean the exact opposite of that, and that a safe timeline reset to LAX isn't happening, with the X being spaced away from the preceding letters. Some fans are even suggesting that the "LA" is French (meaning "The") and the X is a variable (X usually being substituted for any unknown number). The theories, as they always do with regards to Lost, go on and on...
And on and on...
I personally am more for the "Whatever Happened, Happened" theory - meaning that Jack's plan didn't work and that the Losties would end up back in 2007 with Ben, Sun, Frank and Co. But it's looking more and more (especially with this mysterious title) like there will be some sort of reversion back to the plan having worked in some way. However, I'm sure it won't be as cut and dry as, "The plane never crashed."
[End of SPOILERS]
In the end it's Lost, so the title could mean a 1001 different things. We just don't know enough about what Season 6 is going to even BE to have anything to extrapolate from the title. All we can really do for the time being is speculate.
What do you think the title "LA X" means?
The sixth and final season of Lost is set to premiere in early 2010.