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As many of us must know, on the season 3 of LOST they presented us with the theory that the island had a volcano. The volcano was actually going to be used as the main idea of the season 6 finale but due to money issues, they weren’t able to do it. Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, producers and co-creators of the show talked a lot about this theory:

Carlton Cuse, executive producer of the show told some curiosities about the volcano theory. He said:

“We were always looking to cannibalize anything on Hawaii to aid in the visual storytelling of the show. We also thought of the island as a character on the show, so we were always looking for things that would give it more personality.” He didn’t have an idea of how the volcano could be used, “but it was something we banked and thought we could use downstream.”

The first idea was that the volcano was actually what we knew as Black Smoke (Smokey). The co-creator, Damon Lindelof, during the interview also 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?” says Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. “And the answer was the volcano.”

Lindelof and Cuse envisioned the finale to be this big fight between Jack (Matthew Fox) and John Locke (Terry O’Quinn) and due to the sismic activity of the island, the volcano would erupt and there would be lava everywhere.

“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. 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!”

The big problem that kept them from actually making the volcano theory true was money. After planning and plotting for season 6, ABC calculated that they couldn’t afford the transportation cost of the Magma Spew. Lindelof said:

“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.’”

All though they really wanted it to happen we know the end was very different from a volcano but it still gave a wonderful finale for the show.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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