The Lost footage is being found!
Netflix issued a statement Thursday pledging to restore the ABC hit’s series finale after co-creator Damon Lindelof publicly backed fan outcry over a heavily edited version being streamed by the company.
Earlier today, EW reported the two-part Lost closer, “The End,” was missing about 18 minutes in various cuts. A lengthy Reddit thread chronicled the changes. Lindelof himself weighed in, saying he was “totally befuddled” by the decision and called for the full regular cut to be restored on the service.
It seems Netflix has heard our pleas and is telling fans to chill:
@EW We aren’t either! We are in the middle of correcting now, and will have the uncut version back streaming as soon as possible.
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 7, 2016
Then Lindelof issued this statement to EW about Netflix’s decision: “If governments moved with the same determined alacrity that Netflix just did, there would be worldwide harmony. This is awesome. Netflix is awesome. Ken Kratz is not awesome.”
Netflix typically streams whatever version of a show it receives from the rights-holder. The working suspicion is that Netflix received a version of the finale cut down for syndication. Earlier Lindelof wrote: “Something tells me that this isn’t Netflix’s fault … that it’s an honest mistake and something got miscommunicated … we continue to stand by it, but this is a fix that needs to happen, so at least people can love or hate it in its entirety.”
Now if we can just get Netflix to remove the end of the How I Met Your Mother finale…