The executive producers of cult series Lost have insisted that they have no regrets over the series finale 10 years on.
The last episode of the drama was hugely divisive among fans of the show, with some praising its emotional, character-driven crescendo and others left frustrated that not all of the many mysteries had been explained.
This weekend marks 10 years since the final episode aired and, in an interview with The Independent, showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have revealed that they remain content with the show's ending.
"I guess the takeaway from Lost is that I am unapologetic about the fact I'm fascinated by ambiguity and questions that will never be answered, because that's what life is," said Lindelof. "I'm just really interested in those stories and I understand that there is an experience of frustration and dissatisfaction. But I also think that there is nobility in the exploration and the journey of these ideas."
"I wouldn't apologise either," added Cuse. "I think the journey of Lost, like life, has its flaws and blemishes, which may be perceived differently by different people. But in totality, I'm very proud of what we did. The fact we made the show and touched a lot of people's hearts is something that's incredibly special to me."
"The legacy is going to change over time, and I don't have any control over it," Lindelof continued. "I think what the short term legacy of the show was when it had just ended is different to what it is now, and will maybe be different in another 10 or 15 years. But I will say that, independent of whether or not you hated or loved the way that it ended, it's pretty cool that people are still talking about it and have very strong feelings about it.
"That's the intention of any art – to basically last. If it lasts you're saying something, even if people are saying it's something that they don't necessarily like. I think Breaking Bad is one of the greatest television shows of all time. I think the same thing about The Wire. But nobody ever talks about the finales of those shows because the endings were not as relevant as the journey themselves.
"With Lost, there's a fixation over the way that it ended and I think, in and of itself, that's a very interesting legacy for the show to have."
All six seasons of Lost are available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.