As most of you have noticed, Henry Ian Cusick is not listed as a regular in the press release for LOST season 6. I was a bit surprised by the reaction to this. I’m a big time Desmond fan, however… am I the only one not surprised that Henry isn’t going to be a regular?
Season 6 has a lot of story threads to bring together and let’s face it, the writers would have to invent things for Desmond to do at this point in order to keep him on the roster of regular – appearing in every episode – characters. Desmond had a tremendous role through seasons 2,3, and 4, but in season 5 it was very clear that his story was over.
I’d go as far as to say the ‘tapering off’ of Desmond’s story was in season 5. His major purpose was as someone who “the rules” did not apply to, who could carry a message from the past to the… err… present(?). (Not to mention taking a bullet from Ben.)
Please hold your Libby comparisons, no-one has said Henry won’t be appearing – just that he is not a regular. Hopefully we will get the answer to why the rules don’t apply to him (marinating in the Island’s magical magnetism would be my guess), but the fact is he has not been involved in the overarching plot of the 815r’s since he provided safe passage to the Oceanic 6.