“It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.”

Ugh. Lost withdrawals. Can it be next January/February already?

We’ve got all these shows that are “like Lost” about to debut, stuff like Day One and Flash Forward, but man, I just want Lost.

You feel me?

A while back, Matthew Fox was told how the show ends, something he’s been all too proud to share in the media whenever asked. Here’s what he says about the very end of the last episode:

“Yes. I literally just know that final image. I don’t think the word ‘Lost’ will come up at the end of the last [episode].┬áThat’s how much finality it will have. Unlike any other episode ever done on Lost, I think it will just go to black and that will be it… I think the show will end in a way that there really cannot be any future of Lost. That would be my guess.”

Here’s Matthew Fox with a few more light, cryptic spoilers about next season, especially the first scene of the first episode of season 6, and talk of timelines and redemption.

And then there’s always:

…which is fake, but would’ve been kind of interesting. Maybe.

And here’s Michio Kaku giving you the real dirt on time travel.

Here’s the show’s producer and lead director Jack Bender talking not only about the end of Lost, but the end of shows like Lost on TV:

“It’s going to be one of the last huge television shows in terms of size of cast and scope of production… Given the fact that network television is changing, it may be one of the last great rides of this kind of big epic storytelling. That’s not to say there won’t be another great big old show that is a serialized show in the future, [b]ut for awhile I think it’s going to be smaller and more procedural.”

And a bizarre wonderfully cryptic quote from Damon Lindelof on the end of the show:

“We’ve been planning out the final season for four years now. And of all the talks we have had about the show, [reuniting all the castaways] is the subject that has come up the most. The ending was almost where we began, and we had to figure out how to get there. It’s like a wedding where the reception is the part that requires the most planning and is the most fun to plan. We’ve exchanged our vows and I am ready to go party.”

All that and evil Locke and the return of Claire and, of course, Destiny Found. And it’s way too far away. What do you think of that, Kate?