New episodes of Lost have been few and far between lately, but ABC will make up for it with the season finale, which will last three hours, and which the network hopes will give the season finale of Fox's American Idol a run for its money. Part 1 of the finale, called ''Exodus,'' will air May 18, and the two-hour ''Exodus Part 2'' will air May 25, opposite the deciding episode of Idol. ''The final two hours is so full of incident and character and shocks and scares and drama, all the things that people love about Lost, that it would have been silly to cut things out,'' Javier Grillo-Marxuach, a Lost writer and supervising producer, tells Sci-Fi Wire. ''So we've got a 25-hour first season! We busted our butts on it, but it's not going to feel like it's been padded. We are very proud of it.''
Grillo-Marxuach says that the original plan was for a two-hour finale, to be split over two weeks, ''and then ABC asked if we could do 90 minutes [the second week] so they could schedule it against American Idol. Carlton [Cuse] and Damon [Lindelof, who co-created the show with J.J. Abrams] did an amazing job on the finale script, and their first draft came in a little long anyway.''
Early rumors about ''Exodus'' had it that one of the castaways would die during the finale. No word on whether these rumors were misdirection meant to leave viewers unprepared for the shocking death of Boone (Ian Somerhalder) on last week's episode, or if the islanders really will have to face another death on May 25.