"We knew season one was going to be introduction, season two was going to be into the hatch, season three was going to be the others. I don't want to tell you what season four is going to be. And then there was a wrap-up season, a shortened version, that would put you somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 episodes."
He goes on to say that he doesn't want Lost to overstay its welcome the way he feels The X-Files did. Even though I enjoyed the John Doggett episodes of The X-Files, Lindelof's point is well-taken and I appreciate that he's got a definite vision of what Lost is about and a desire to not let the show go on once that theme has run its course.
"This show is about people who are metaphorically lost in their lives, who get on an airplane and crash on an island and become physically lost on the planet Earth. And once they are able to metaphorically find themselves in their lives again, they will be able to physically find themselves in the world again. When you look at the entire show, that's what it will look like. That's what it's always been about."