The executive producers of Lost have explained that they always wanted viewers to engage with the show's characters.
Speaking to Wired, Carlton Cuse revealed that they thought the people in the programme were more important than the mythology.
"At the beginning the secret was that the show didn't announce itself as a genre show, so it could be about the characters," he said. "The audience got invested in the characters first and the mythology second. We were criticised for not having the characters talk about the mythology, and we were like, 'That's right, that's our dirty little secret'."
Cuse continued: "By not having the audience talk about the mythology, then people are engaged in, 'Is Kate going to end up with Sawyer?' and, 'I'm really compelled by the complexities of Benjamin Linus'. Those are the things we wanted the audience to obsess about, not whether the Valenzetti equation had any relevance to the functioning of the island's magical time travel properties."
Meanwhile, Cuse's co-creator Damon Lindelof explained that the narrative of the series had been driven by the characters.
"I think one of the most profound lessons I've learned over time as a showrunner is that the more you listen to the show, the better your show," he said. "We watched our characters interact, and that would influence how we put them together."