According to USAToday, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who portrayed Mr.Eko on Lost asked the show’s creators to kill his character.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje asked to be written off the series. After losing both parents last year, he wanted to return to his London home and work on a film he’ll direct.
Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays Juliet, got to know him off the set. “We got along really well,” she says. “He’s about to direct his first movie about his life, which is an incredible story. He’ll be missed.”
Damon and Carlton explained to Ausiello why Eko died in last night’s episode:
Cuse: When Adewale came on the show, he didnâ€™t want to make a long-term commitment to a series. We love him and so we agreed that he would come on the show and then we would find a time in which his arc would come to an end. And we sort of felt after a lot of conversations with him â€” most of which took place at the end of the spring last year â€” that we would finish his character somewhere in [these first] six episodes. And as we started talking about what was going to really help the drama of these six episodes, we thought, â€œWell, this is the perfect place to do it.â€ As we said, we all kind of went into this [with the idea] that it was only going to be for a limited period of time.
Ausiello: It’s no secret that Adewale wasnâ€™t the most beloved cast member. Did that play any role in his departure? [FYI: In next week’s issue of TV Guide magazine â€” on sale Nov. 9 â€” my colleague, Shawna Malcom, reports that, per multiple sources, the 39-year-old actor had become an increasingly difficult presence on set, refusing to film scenes as scripted, insisting on rewrites and even “demanding” several times to be released from his contract.]
Lindelof: We donâ€™t really talk about anything other than the creative decisions made on the show. If youâ€™re hearing it from other people, youâ€™re not hearing that from us. Not to mention, weâ€™re in L.A. So we would never let that kind of thing determine the creative direction of the show. Weâ€™re all in the service of the story.
I thought Mr.Eko was a very interesting character so I’m sad to see him go, but I’m confident that Damon, Carlton and the rest of the creative team know what’s best for the story.