I've been a Lost devotee since the beginning. I've stuck with the show through the highs and the lows week in and week out, putting up with all the detractors' complaints of "But they never actually answer any questions!" the entire time. But even I am ready for the series to wrap up. As much as I love the show, I'm glad it has an end date.
ABC, on the other hand, doesn't share that love. They're oblivious as to how an end date has bettered the show by forcing the writers to abandon the waffling narratives that plagued seasons two and three. All they know is that come the end of season 6, they are no longer going to have the mysteries of the island to drive advertising revenue. Their solution? Lost spin-offs! From Variety:
"We've been talking about this for a couple of years now," says ABC marketing exec VP Mike Benson. "We want to keep it alive but make sure we maintain the integrity of the franchise. We're not about milking this thing for all that it is right now; it's important to see this live for years to come."
Now call me a cynic, but to me that sounds like 'we're not just about milking Lost for what it's worth now, we plan on draining its every drop for the foreseeable future.' And as it stands right now, those years to come likely won't find the original creators involved; as evidenced by Damon Lindelof's slightly more reassuring take on the matter, "People deserve an ending, and to promise a continuation of the story in any form in some way negates the finality in some way."