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23 Facts About Lost

“Lost”, consisting of 6 seasons and 121 episodes, is one of the most popular TV series of the second half of the 2000s. There is everything you need for a successful project: bright characters and an impressive cast, in which everyone will find a favorite, branched storylines, mysticism, and intrigue.

We watched the life of the characters on the island and the secrets of this place, and decided to be nostalgic by digging up facts about the series.


  • The first drafts of the script originally had a title Nowhere, and the title was even approved, but later dropped in favor of the “Lost”.

Actors and characters

  • The show’s lead male character, Jack (Matthew Fox), should have died in the pilot episode. In addition, they first wanted to call Michael Keaton for this role.
  • For Yunjin Kim, who auditioned for the role of Kate, they specially created a character named Sun – Jin’s wife (Daniel Dae Kim); Hurley was invented for Jorge Garcia, who claimed the role of Sawyer. Josh Holloway, who became Sawyer, brought power to the character because the producers really liked the way he kicked the chair when he forgot his lyrics.
  • In general, the characters and fates of many characters formed during the casting process. For example, the producers initially introduced Kate as a middle-aged businesswoman whose husband allegedly died in a plane crash. But when Evangeline Lilly was cast, those characteristics were given to the character Rose Nadler.
  • Although Evangeline Lilly was brilliantly cast out of 75 applicants for the lead actress, she was plagued by difficulties after approval. It took the actress at least 20 attempts to get a work visa to the United States (Evangeline was born in Canada), which is why she arrived at the shooting a day late.


  • All episodes were filmed in Hawaii, mainly on one of the islands – Oahu. Some actors were uncomfortable filming and living on the island all the time – for example, during the filming of the series, Emily de Ravin (Claire) flew 1-2 times a week home to California, where her husband and a poodle were waiting for her.
  • In order not to part with his family, Matthew Fox rented a house not far from the set and moved his family there. But Jorge Garcia had to miss his sister’s wedding because of the busy filming schedule.
  • Since the events taking place in the series developed much more slowly relative to the filming process, this caused some difficulties: the children had to remain at about the same age, but they grew up. To make little Aaron look on screen time, more than 50 babies played his role.
  • Many viewers wondered why Jorge Garcia’s character – Hurley – does not lose weight because of a difficult life on a desert island. In fact, the actor lost a lot of weight after filming the pilot episode, but the creators of the series asked him to maintain the weight, and not only because time on the island is slow, but also in order to film episodes from the character’s past – before the plane crash.
  • Dominic Monaghan, who played the drug-obsessed Charlie, was inspired by the image of Gollum and his passion for the Ring of Power.

Encrypted messages from creators

  • This series makes riddles not only for its characters, but also for the audience. In the names of some characters, there are hints of famous writers, scientists and thinkers of the past. Ben Linus, the leader of the “Others” – from chemist Linus Pauling, the surname of the Frenchwoman Danielle Rousseau – from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Daniel Faraday – from the physicist Michael Faraday. Well, the names of the characters of John Locke and Mikhail Bakunin are direct references to famous philosophers.
  • Interestingly, there are intersections with the life of prototypes in the plot. For example, John Locke offers Claire to calm a crying baby with the help of swaddling, while the British philosopher himself was against swaddling and even wrote a scientific treatise about it.
  • The collection of hints is also anagrams in the names. In the season 3 finale, Jack attends a funeral hosted by Hoffs/Drawlar, whose name is an anagram of flash-forward, signaling that the scene is not a reference to the character’s past, but to the future.
  • In Episode 4 of Season 5, the Canton-Reiner logo is visible on John Locke’s coffin. Hidden here is the word reincarnation – “reincarnation”, indicating that it is too early to say goodbye to the character.

Black and white

  • The title of the series in the screensaver is written in white letters on a black background (and in the finale of the 5th season – in black on white). The combinations and contrasts of these 2 colors constantly surround the characters.
  • In the 2nd part of the pilot, John Locke explains to Walt Lloyd how to play backgammon, noting that there are 2 players, 2 sides – one light and the other dark.
  • In the 6th episode of the 1st season, Jack finds a leather bag with black and white stones, their meaning is revealed in the 6th season: these stones were played by Jacob and the Man in Black.
  • One of the main and most mysterious characters of the series is the Man in Black. He has supernatural powers and appears in the form of other people or black smoke.

Numbers in the show

  • Boone Carlisle’s (Ian Somerhalder) T-shirt says “84” in Chinese. If you write down the opposite, you get 48. That’s the number of people who survived the plane crash, about whom the story is in the 1st season.
  • The mysterious series of numbers “4 8 15 16 23 42” is a fictional Valenzetti equation, in which the end of the world is encrypted.
  • 108 minutes, which are given to enter numbers in the computer in the bunker, is the sum of that very series of numbers from the equation.
  • The sum of the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 has another meaning. It was 108 minutes that Yuri Gagarin’s flight in space lasted. That this is a mystical coincidence or a deliberate move – the creators of the series are silent.
  • “Lost” was voted the highest-rated series for its decade (2002 to 2012) – leaving behind including House M.D., How I Met Your Mother, Gossip Girls and Dexter.This is one of the most expensive TV shows ever. So, $ 45 million was spent on the creation of only the 1st season, and $ 14 million on the shooting of the pilot episode.