Want answers? You'll get 'em! (Maybe.) When Lost returns from a hiatus on Feb. 7, fans will get 16 consecutive episodes, as well as the scoop on Jack's tattoos, Locke's wheelchair, and Desmond's creepy clairvoyance, which exec producer Damon Lindelof says factors ''big-time'' into the remainder of season 3. A preview of some other burning questions:Is mutinous Others doc Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) a friend to the castaways or a foe?
''Her agenda is more in line with the castaways' than we originally suspected, but that does not mean she is not sinister,'' says Lindelof. FYI, the Feb. 7 episode is all about Juliet.
How will Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) escape Others Island?
Of course, the showrunners wouldn't tell us but exec producer Carlton Cuse allows, ''You heard correctly: The Others do have a submarine.''
The Hatch ''imploded,'' according to Locke (Terry O'Quinn). Case closed?
Nope, says Lindelof. ''Definitely more to this story. You will get a better picture of what happened when Desmond [Henry Ian Cusick] turned the fail-safe key.''
Who is ''Jacob,'' and why is Jack (Matthew Fox) not on his ''list''?
''The answer lies further downstream in the ongoing story,'' says Cuse. A clue? Lindelof reminds fans that character names in Lost are not assigned without reason. Yes, that is a clue.