The interview with Damon and Carlton has been published at ugo, and you can read it in its entirety here. At first blush it may not seem overly revealing, but there are some very cool learnings in it worth pondering. If you don’t appreciate lost spoilers, you might want to forgo drinking of the goodness that lurks below:
These are random observations, not necessarily in the order of the questions, but things I think are very worth talking about:
The moment they knew they would need time travel – When Adam and Eve were introduced. That is an arbitrary confirmation of the theory that Adam and Eve are, at the very least, someone we know.
Oceanic 6 Clarification – The identity of the other two survivors Jack mentioned in court is unimportant. This is either a plot hole, or an important clue. The only way to interpret this without it being a plot hole is that the oceanic 6 returned to civilization under their own power and were not picked up by anyone; otherwise, those two bodies would need to be retrieved and buried at some point. The main implication: it appears to the outside world that the O6 made it back on their own.
Game Changers Present and Beyond – Not only does it sound like Episode 8 is a game changer (Damon: “…the last scene in the show we would certainly define as a cliff hanger
and really nicely platforms what episode nine is going to be…”) but Damon and Carlton’s later comments definitely indicate that we have not seen the narrative structure change for the last time.
Even Damon and Carlton Aren’t Canon – By my estimation, Damon gave the best ‘bottom line’ on decoding the show to date: ignore everything but the show. Too many people, imho, have pulled obscure quotes from the press in support of a theory, or with the intent of shooting down somebody else’s musings. It can finally be said definitively that when Damon and Carlton, or anyone else for that matter, are in the interview setting – be it in the future or historically – their on the fly commentary is NOT canon or even canon altering. So if JJ said it wasn’t about time travel during season one, it doesn’t matter; only the show speaks the truth. leave the politics to the politicians. To quote Damon:
“The reality is, anything that Carlton and I say, or anyone involved
with the show says, that is all part of the politicking that sort of
surrounds the show. We like the idea of being answerable to the show,
that is to say if we do something the fans don’t like we can come
forward and apologize for it and explain what the thought process was
for executing that story line. Or, vice versa, if we do something
people really like we get to sort of pull that forward and explain, for
instance, that we weren’t able to do the flash forward part of the
story until they promised us an end to the show, and this is how we
were able to end the show, and this is why we are doing three more
seasons, and so on. The fans are owed those explanations. But, in a lot
of ways it is like J.K. Rowling revealing that Dumbledore was gay.
She’s saying this, and it is part of her talking about the books, but
all that matters at the end of the day is the books. So, watching the
show Lost, you watch it and the data is there for you to form
whatever theories you have, and you can’t factor in anything that even
the creators or actors are saying about the show outside of the show,
because at the end of the day the show will be processed in six DVD box
sets. It will be completely irrelevant as to whether we confirmed or
denied or speculated.“