Lost's final episode was nearly very different

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From Digital Spy

It has come to our attention that Lost almost featured a big old volcano on The Island, which would have made for a rather different series finale because it was meant to erupt.

The volcano, which did appear in a flashback at the DHARMA Initiative, never came to fruition later on, prompting fans to assume it must've been a red herring.

However, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof has revealed it was meant to have a much bigger role.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, he said: "The question was always, how do you basically visualize and dramatize the idea that the island itself is all that separates the world from hellfire and damnation?

"And the answer was the volcano."

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In the final episode, the volcano was meant to erupt as Matthew Fox's character Jack fought The Man in Black over The Island's fate.

"The volcano had been dormant for the duration of the series, but based on moving into this endgame, the island had become unstable and the volcano was going to erupt," Lindelof said.

"We were going to have lots of seismic activity, and ultimately, there was going to be this big fight between the forces of good and the forces of evil, which ended up in the series manifesting as Jack and The Man in Black, in the midst of magma. Magma spewing everywhere!"

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The ending instead saw Jack and The Man in Black fighting alongside Kate (Evangeline Lilly) in a cave of light – all because creating giant volcanoes is quite pricey...

"ABC was like, 'Guys, we love you, and we're letting you end the show; we can't let you bankrupt the network in the process,'" Lindelof continued.

Shame.

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