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'Lost' Star OK With Series Finale

Terry O'Quinn says it suited him and he's moved on

By Corey Levitan Mar 13, 2012 10:19AM

Former "Lost" star Terry O'Quinn tells TMZ he's lost no sleep over the series finale that many fans considered an insult to their loyalty and intelligence.

"I was OK with it," said O'Quinn, who played John Locke, a paraplegic who found himself able to walk once arriving on the island.

Video: Watch full episodes and clips of 'Lost'


It turns out the J.J. Abrams series -- which ran from 2004 to 2010 on ABC -- was good at asking questions, not answering them. The revelation that all the characters were dead, so logic never really applied, allowed the writers to abandon loose ends rather than tie them up -- such as the deal with the numbers, what Walt (Malcolm David Kelley) saw that frightened him enough to want to leave the island, and dozens of others.


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When asked whether fans still complain, Locke replied, "No, I don't get a lot of stuff about it" and noted that the cast "sort of finished it and walked away."

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Sep 22, 2013 3:30AM
FOR all the people who didn't like the end owell I loved it the whole 6 seasons so congrats to all the actors in ity
Apr 11, 2012 3:09PM
All those who keep saying the ending was fine and the show was about the characters are selling out.  Yes, the show was about the characters...but we were led to believe it was also about something more...a mystery involving time travel, meaningful numbers and symbols, a mysterious island, and connections between the characters that somehow went beyond just them being on the same flight together.  I was hooked from the first episode and watched it faithfully for the full run.  As the final season began to play out, I got the sinking feeling that they were going to do what they did.  To say it was just about the characters relationships is to say a lot of what they did on the show was pointless.  Take out all the mystery that went nowhere and you end up with a simple soap opera.  Anyone being honest would admit that the creators had no idea where they were going with it and were not able to resolve it in a good way.   
Mar 16, 2012 10:52AM
Sandra780, I couldn't agree more. toyfloater, OK here goes (Warning: spoiler alert!)  In the last episode Kate, Claire, Sawyer, Frank, Richard and Miles left the island on the plane, and presumably led their lives off the island for some time (We don't know.) In the last episode, people who died on the island were: Jack (from injuries sustained fighting MIB), Sayid (sacrificed himself by taking the explosives off the sub), and Jin and Sun (drowned in the sub).  People who died earlier on the island were Charlie, Juliet, Michael.  Walt left the island early on.  Ben, Hurley, Vincent, Walt, Rose, and Bernard continued to live on the island after the events of the last episode.  (Again we don't know what happened.)  A large number of other people died on the island in earlier episodes.  Did I get it right, Lost fans?
Mar 14, 2012 2:32PM
Does anyone know what happened to these people? I still dont freakin know! I need closure dammit.
Mar 14, 2012 2:26PM

Still don't understand how anyone that watched the show from beginning all the way through could think was horrible ending.  No, didn't all questions (number thing was curious about, among others)..but was about the characters!  To this day have never cared more for tv characters like did them.   Still thinking of Jack dying on the island tears me up!  & Sun & Jin,  poor souls...& Juliet,  cried like baby when she died.   THAT'S what it was about!  No other show has touched me more,   still miss them, lol... that's sad.

Mar 14, 2012 1:36PM
Please, at least they all had the chance to put an ending to the show. Like it or not, they were able to actually have an ending. How many shows do we all get wrapped in that don't ever have a chance to even have half of an ending, usually cutting it in the middle of a season? I say go LOST...You had one hell of a run and a bitter-sweet ending that closed it up for all of the characters involved. Sometimes just having left a few things open makes one have to use imagination to come up with the answers for themselves. About time we have an ending for a show that we are committed to for so long that in my estimation was a beautiful series finale...
Mar 14, 2012 1:10PM
Lost was a fantastic show the first 2 years it was on. Thanks to Terry o'Quinn! When it hit the 3rd season and they started bringing in new characters, that's when it started going down hill. IMHO, nobody else had to be on this show, because the writers messed it up and went from something so good, to so stupid. It was an EPIC FAIL! 
Mar 14, 2012 1:09PM
 I thought the series and the finale were great. In an interview with i believe was with the writers around the second season the stated that the show was not about the island it was about the characters the island is just the setting for it. I tell people that have not seen it to keep that in mind if they watch it. I spent a lot of time explaining the ending to people when it ended and when they finally understood it they were happy with it. I also tell them to pay attention to the very first scene of the series and the very last it is really cool and i think it shows the writers knew where they were going with it from the beginning.
Mar 14, 2012 12:42PM
"All the characters were dead, so logic never really applied". Jacks dad said all the important people in your life are here, some came before you and some came after. I took that to mean some had died before jack, and some were not dead yet therefore not all the characters died.
Mar 14, 2012 12:26PM
LOST should have ended at the end of season 3, when they were found and got out of the island. Anything after that was ridiculous.
Mar 14, 2012 11:55AM
Lady - Just watch and enjoy - you will love it :o) 
Mar 14, 2012 11:53AM
Lady-Rebecca: Try not to ask questions of those of us who have seen the complete series.  We're full of spoilers, and dying to tell.  Resist!  Half the fun of the show is figuring it out for yourself.
Mar 14, 2012 11:43AM
I guess the perspective is different when you're paid to go along with something vs. being spoon fed BS.
Mar 14, 2012 11:18AM
This was literally one of my favorite shows of all time, and I am still bitter this its gone lol... I don't blame him, I blame the writers.... they got to deep and just couldn't get out before they had to end it. The character development and story was like nothing I have ever seen before in another show and probably wont for a long time.  I still find myself thinking... "Well in LOST...."  all the time . (which by the way my husband always says "LOST isnt real!" lol) I just loved that show and I miss it so much! I wish it could have gone on forever! It seemed like it could be been for real, which just goes to show how well written it was.  I was just so angry with how much was unanswered.  Dead or not, the writers left too much out. It was just an easy out in my opinion when they had such an amazing build up until that point.  Oh well.  
Mar 14, 2012 10:54AM
Could this be the worst written, most sloppily researched article in the world? Yes.
Mar 14, 2012 10:53AM
LOST was an amazing story full of inciting incidents and character development. I enjoyed the show, was moved by the show, and was okay with the ending. LOST like LIFE itself left us wondering and I think that is a thrill. To live in wonder. I enjoyed every character and especially John Locke, who was my all time favorite. I loved his spirit and philosophies and find myself adopting his mantra of, "Don't tell me what I can't do!" I sometimes wonder what the secret was he told Walt that day on the beach.... I have some Secrets of my own...

Denise Daisy
(Author of The Secrets of Moonshine)
Mar 14, 2012 10:49AM
Oh lawd help me from people who pretended to watch Lost but never really watched Lost. The characters were not dead until the end, logic applied and the message of love and humanity was beautiful. The finale stayed true to the core of the show which was always about friendship, love, and ultimately redemption. The people who didn't get the ending were the idiots who willfully ignored every single thing the writers said over the yeas which was consistently that all "that stuff' was just icing on the cake but the show was, friendship, testing oneself, and redemption. The people who chose to ignore that have only themselves to blame for being disappoiinted in the show they cooked up in their heads, which was not the actual show. It was the best ending I have ever seen to a show and worth every moment of loving it over the years.
Mar 14, 2012 10:48AM
My husband and I just started watching Lost on Netflix. We love this show!!!! It's addicting. I was wondering how each one dies. How will I know when one is actually dead?
Mar 14, 2012 10:46AM
When asked whether fans still complain, Locke replied, "No, I don't get a lot of stuff about it" and noted that the cast "sort of finished it and walked away."

Umm....I believe "Locke" was his name on the show.  How about referring to him at O'Quinn.  This is a terribly inaccurate article.

I wonder what Evangeline Austin, Jorge Hurley, and Matthew Shepherd have to say about the finale?

Mar 14, 2012 10:42AM
"The revelation that all the characters were dead, so logic never really applied" Yeah they were all dead AT THE END. Did Corey even watch it?
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