Part of “Old Info And News”
IGN DVD: Now that the DVD for Season Two is coming out, how would you distinguish it from Season One?
Carlton Cuse: I think Season One was the initial condition of crashing on this island and these characters being in denial about their situation and having to terms of probably we’re not going to get off of here and when that raft blows up and Walt is taken, it’s like ‘okay, we’re stuck here’. Season Two was about the hatch and metaphorically going deeper inside the island. That was the focus of Season Two – what is that hatch, who put it there, who are these people and then when we blow it up at the end, we sort of told the story of the hatch. Season Three is going to focus on the Others – there are these other people on the island, who are they and what are they about, what is the construct of their society, and how do our characters interact with them. Each season is like a book, like the Harry Potter series. Each one has its own character and shape and I think that’s kind of the way the three seasons lay out. This season will be lighter, a little funner, and more romance and action/adventure. Last year was more mythology-oriented, and the first year was kind of a combination of mythology and action/adventure with no romance basically.
IGN DVD: We heard the season was going to be broken up a little bit…
Carlton Cuse: It’s going to be six episodes and then 17. The whole season will focus on the Others. That’s what Season Three is all about – our characters interacting with the Others. And obviously, the first six episodes are going to focus on what we set up on last up on the finale last year, the fact that Jack, Kate and Sawyer are in captivity, the fact that the hatch blew up. And also, there’s Sayid, Sun and Jin off on a sailboat and what’s going to happen to them, so there’s a lot of balls up in the air. All those things will get addressed in the first six episodes and then, obviously, new story complications will arise and there’s going to be a great cliffhanger at the end of Episode Six which, hopefully, will keep everybody chomping at the bit for the shows return in February. Then we’ll run straight through May.
IGN: You say the focus will be on the Others. The current cast will be interacting with them?
Cuse: We’re sort of seeing the Others through the eyes of our characters. They are the window from which we learn about this other group of people on the island.
IGN: Will we see a more likeable side to The Others?
Cuse: Yeah, they actually have a comedy talent show which is going… (laughs). What you think about the Others now is not the complete story. There’s a lot more to know about them and I think you’ll have a very different view of them after the end of this season and certainly even as the season goes along, the Others are going to change.