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Live: 'Lost' panel at Comic-Con
10.38am: People have been queueing overnight to get in here and when I arrived a short while ago, the queue was among the biggest I've ever seen. A combination of being press and having an adorably charming British accent helped me avoid all that unpleasant waiting.
10.39am: Upon arrival we were given white posters bearing the Lost logo (in black) and the text "The final season, 2010".
10.41am: We were also given leaflets advertising something called the "Lost University". The leaflet says that enrollment to LJ "starts soon!" and asks readers: "Are you up to the challenge?" It mentions a URL, lostuniversity.org and adds: "Prepare now for the final season."
10.54am: Just blagged use of a socket in the technical area to give more juice for my laptop (the British charm comes out again). Around five minutes to fo now.
10.55am: There appear to be eight seats up on stage. We know for definite that exec producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof will occupy two of them.
10.56am: A press officer from Sky1 has just tweeted: "In the #Lost panel green room.. In complete heaven but can't say why just yet.." Who are the guest stars, I wonder? Dominic Monaghan perhaps?
10.58am: People are still streaming in from the back of the hall but we must surely be close to full capacity by now. 2 minutes...
11.01am: A slow hand clap has started in the Hall... lots of whooping and cheers.
11.02am: My laptop informs me that it has one hour and two minutes of juice left. If I suddenly go quiet right before the big finale, you'll know why. Damn you Dell, etc.
11.04am: Eddie, the director of programming at Comic-Con, takes to the stage and welcomes everyone to the Hall before warning everyone not to film the footage being shown today and sticking it up on YouTube. Yadda yadda, bring on the Lost.
11.06am: Huge cheers as the lights dim and 'Lost' appears on the screen.
11.07am: A video advert for Lost University appears on screen. "We are the cutting edge of tomorrow," says the voiceover, advising viewers to log on to the website.
11.09am: Another video now, which begins with a message saying that this is an excerpt from a short-lived TV series from the 1980s that might be of interest to Lost fans. "They look like us, they talk like us, they walk among us yet they are not us," says the voiceover. The Dharma logo appears. The voiceover describes Dharma as a "clandestine organisation" and questions its purpose. "Why do they exist and what are they here for?"
11.10am: Another video featuring clips from the season five finale.
11.11am: Damon and Carlton come on stage to the sound of Europe's 'The Final Countdown'. The pair begin by saying how greatful they are for everything Comic-Con has done for Lost in the last few years.
11.13am: A series of Lost parody clips (the kind you might find on YouTube) play out on the screen.
11.16am: Darlton say they have the final scene of Lost written down and with them. Carlton pulls his page from his sock. They put the pages in a locked box and send it off to an undisclosed location. Damon says that on the night of the finale, they will go on Jimmy Kimmel Live and read the script, to prove they're not making things up as they go along.
11.19am: Question time: "What are the similarities to season one in season six?" Damon says: "On the surface of it, there's a good chance you'll be seeing many of the characters you haven't seen [for a while]. It's really our goal for you to watch the final season of the show and not know what we're going to do next."
11.21am: Question now from someone who appears to be a celebrity, although I'm not sure who. He says he's devoted the last six months of his life to creating Lost-inspired art. It's a painting of the boys posing alongside a polar bear.
11.23am: A woman now who says she is a Faraday fangirl and wonders if he'll be happily married with kids next season. "Faraday is kinda dead, so if you like zombie weddings, then maybe," says Carlton. He then confirms: "Faraday will be on the show though, yes."
11.25am: A man asks if there will be any pre-2004 flashbacks in the final season. Carlton says: "We're doing something different in season six. The time travel season is over, the flashforward season is over, but season six is something different."
11.27am: The winning entrant of a competition to create a Lost opening sequence is played, then followed by a couple messages from "sponsors".
11.28am: ... the first of which is an advert for Oceanic. It claims: "Oceanic Airlines, in the air since 1979. Thirty years with a perfect safety record."
11.29am: Next is an advert for Mr. Cluck's chicken shack, starring Hurley! Then an America's Most Wanted segment asking viewers to help find a dangerous killer - Kate Austen.
11.32am: Next question comes from Jorge Garcia (Hurley). He says that he hopes that the Losties haven't succeeded in changing events of the past because that would mean the last five seasons have been pointless. "Trust us," say Darlton. Jorge replies: "Yeah but the last time I trusted you guys, you said Nikki and Paolo were going to be awesome!"
11.34am: Michael Emerson (Linus) appears next to Jorge and starts mocking him and his acting abilities. "Yall wanna know the real reason Michael's upset?" Jorge asks the audience. "Michael here originally wanted to play Hurley, but the part was already cast."
11.36am: Michael retorts: "I think that everyone understands that I was originally cast in a guest spot but then became a series regular. A part that was written especially for me."
11.37am: A video of Michael Emerson auditioning for the part of Hurley is shown. He's dressed in an oversized black T-shirt and wearing a black bandana. Much amusement as he recreates some classic Hurley scenes.
11.39am: Michael and Jorge have now joined Darlton up on stage. A woman from the audience asks about a Richard Alpert flashback and if it will coincide with arrival of Black Rock. "You will be seeing a lot of Richard and I think we would be completely remiss if we didn't give you Richard's flashback before the end," says Carlton. Damon adds that Alpert's flashback will be "very involved".
11.40am: A guy asks about the fate of Juliet. Damon says: "Elizabeth Mitchell will be in Lost in the final season."
11.44am: Footage of Nestor Carbonelli (Richard Alpert) supposedly backstage, sitting in front of a makeup mirror and applying mascara, before complaining then attacking the camera. On queue, Nestor comes out on stage.
11.46am: "What, how or who made the food drop in season two?" asks someone. "That could be something we address in the final season," says Damon.
11.48am: A man asks how big a part Dharma will play this year. "Not as big a role," says Carlton. "We are kind of moving on to some other stuff this year." Damon adds that more will be revealed about Dharma on the DVD.
11.50am: Someone asks if Jacob has ever appeared to any other Losties before the season five finale, then demands a yes or no answer. "No," is the answer.
11.52am: Damon says there is one more special guest then a film rolls. It's clips of Sawyer (Josh Holloway)! Much whooping from the audience.
11.53am: Josh joins the gang on stage. Darlton ask if there are any questions, and Josh pipes up. He then tazers Damon, before taking the key to the locked box from around his neck.
11.54am: Josh then coerces Carlton into unlocking the box. He then takes the script. "Alright yall, finally," he tells the audience then pauses.
11.55am: "Oh my god, you don't know how to read, do you?" asks Michael then takes the script from Josh, who protests: "I left my glasses on the island!"
11.56am: Michael reads a scene between Sylar and Parkman at a collapsed circus tent. "What the fuck is this?!?" says Michael. Much laughter.
11.58am: Clip reel of the fallen Losties. In order: Gary Troup, Captain Seth Norris, Dr. Leslie Atrz, Neil "Frogurt", Roger Linus, Tom Friendly, Ethan Rom, Ana Lucia Cortez, Elizabeth "Libby" Smith, Nikki & Paolo, Karl Martin, Danielle Rousseau, Alex Rousseau, Shannon Rutherford, Boone Carlyle, Charlotte Lewis, Mr. Eko, Michael Dawson, Daniel Faraday, Charlie Pace.
12.01pm: Very extended clips of Charlie's time on Lost. Applause and cheering. It ends with the caption: "You are Lost, but not forgotten."
12.03pm: Clip ends, Dominic appears on stage to hysterical cheering. "That's all folks," say Darlton and it's a wrap. What do you think this means? Is Charlie coming back to Lost? Add your comments to this entry below! I'll hopefully be back in a few hours with the Heroes panel.