Ending a TV show has proven to be a difficult thing to do in entertainment with few doing it well.
'Lost', which ended in 2010, had its critics when it came to the ending of the hit TV show after six seasons.
In an interview with Vulture, co-creator Damon Lindelof has revealed that it wasn't his plan for the show to stretch out so long.
After critics of the show's pilot questioned whether he could keep it up without leading to a 'Gilligan's Island' situation, Lindelof wanted to create a "finite beginning, middle, and end." However, ABC didn't want to hear it.
"At the time that they picked up the show, they said, 'Make 13 of these, and let’s see how it goes'. It was such a ratings hit that it became clear to me instantly that all conversations about ending the show would be over.
"I said, 'Hey, guys, we can’t keep this up forever,' and that’s when ABC said, 'Oh, we were thinking more like ten seasons.' The compromise ended up being six, but I personally wish that we could have done it in four."
The 'Watchmen' showrunner took Marvel as an example of how movies and TV shows rethread the same ideas.
"If you make a couple of great Marvel movies, the instinct is, 'We need to make more Marvel movies, and we need to expand this,'" Lindelof explained. "And I have this sort of interior feeling of like, 'Wow, I wish they made less because it would make each one that came out a little bit more special.'"
"People don’t want things to end,” he added. “I do.”
However, he doesn't begrudge them for continuing their IPs for fear of becoming a hypocrite. "I’ve made prequels and sequels and reboots. I’m making two 'Star Trek' movies and 'Prometheus.'"
'Lost' is available to watch on Disney+