Adewale asked to be killed

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 didn’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 — most of which took place at the end of the spring last year — 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, “Well, this is the perfect place to do it.” 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 wasn’t the most beloved cast member. Did that play any role in his departure? [FYI: In next week’s issue of TV Guide magazine — on sale Nov. 9 — 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 don’t really talk about anything other than the creative decisions made on the show. If you’re hearing it from other people, you’re not hearing that from us. Not to mention, we’re in L.A. So we would never let that kind of thing determine the creative direction of the show. We’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.

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38 Responses to Adewale asked to be killed

  1. Steve says:

    A few thoughts here.

    1 – Why not just let the polar bear kill him if he needed to die? His death doesn’t seem to further the story.

    2 – If he was truly the bad man last nights ep made him appear to be (selling the vaccine for profit), then why did the Others try to take him his first night with the other “Good” people? we were ledt o believe he turned over a new leaf when Yemi died, but it appears he did not until the plane crashed.

    3 – Why was he afraid of the smokey this time?

    4 – Does this mean all the ahlucinations are somkey? Jacks dad, the horse, Dave? etc.

    5 – Eko was cool, sorry to see him go.

  2. Steve says:

    I really have to start reading my posts over for spelling.

  3. Julie says:

    Eko was a total badass. I by no means wanted to see him go..
    Another question on the same topic.. anyone notice that as of now, all the tailies (except bernard) are dead?

  4. Hammer says:

    [quote comment=”12103″]A few thoughts here.

    1 – Why not just let the polar bear kill him if he needed to die? His death doesn’t seem to further the story.

    2 – If he was truly the bad man last nights ep made him appear to be (selling the vaccine for profit), then why did the Others try to take him his first night with the other “Good” people? we were ledt o believe he turned over a new leaf when Yemi died, but it appears he did not until the plane crashed.

    3 – Why was he afraid of the smokey this time?

    4 – Does this mean all the ahlucinations are somkey? Jacks dad, the horse, Dave? etc.

    5 – Eko was cool, sorry to see him go.[/quote]

    In a prior flashback he was the priest that went to investigate the girl coming back to life as though he was trying to make up for what happend to his brother and became a good man. Last night made it seem like he left the church very shortly after the herion plane event and never really did anything good as a priest. The flashbacks don’t mesh.

  5. JonV says:

    He left for London after the “boarding up the church” flashback. He went to London in his brother’s stead and from there was sent to investigate the miracle (in Australia).

    I think he put out the word that he was selling the vaccine to smoke out the bad guys so that the confrontation that occurred in the church would occur under his terms and so that he would be ready to wail on them. He probably didn’t think about the fact that there would be new bad guys to replace the old ones and that the village people were fine with the status quo because it kept them safe and therefore would be unhappy with what he did.

    I think the circuitry is fried on the monster and so it is going to make wrong good/bad person decisions.

    I’m wondering why these bad guys didn’t recognize him; I thought he was a major local bad guy himself.

    What did the little boy say in the vision? Was he speaking backwards like Walt?

  6. Hammer says:

    Ah, now I remember (I think).

    The boy said “confess”. I think Eko was not a “local” criminal. I think the gang we went with was rogue.

  7. MK says:

    [quote comment=”12137″]
    In a prior flashback he was the priest that went to investigate the girl coming back to life as though he was trying to make up for what happend to his brother and became a good man. Last night made it seem like he left the church very shortly after the herion plane event and never really did anything good as a priest. The flashbacks don’t mesh.[/quote]

    Eko flew to London, then for an unknown reason, he ended up in Sydney where the girl story took place. It’s sequential but presented backwards.

  8. Guille says:

    Its too bad that Eko died, but i think now we know that smokey can take the shape of their biggest fears. Did anyone notice it took the shape of an African elephant when it was killing Eko? He was given the opportunity to rempt and he didn’t, so he got his judgement.

  9. Kora says:

    ok now i know mr eko dies.. so long mr eko

  10. Andreas says:

    [quote comment=”12161″]Its too bad that Eko died, but i think now we know that smokey can take the shape of their biggest fears. Did anyone notice it took the shape of an African elephant when it was killing Eko? He was given the opportunity to rempt and he didn’t, so he got his judgement.[/quote]

    An African elephant? I thought it looked like it took the shape of a hand. I’ll have to take a look at that again…

  11. Al says:

    And what about “You’re next!”? I didn’t hear Echo say that but… if it’s true, damn! I thought the smokey was with the good guys!…
    btw the black smoke somehow reminds me of Lem’s ‘Solaris’…

  12. DB says:

    I wasn’t as shook by Eko’s death as I was the trailer at the end of the show. I could swear it said that next week was the season finale. If it is I’m done. They have pulled this stuff and using reruns way too much.

  13. Hammer says:

    [quote comment=”12205″]I wasn’t as shook by Eko’s death as I was the trailer at the end of the show. I could swear it said that next week was the season finale. If it is I’m done. They have pulled this stuff and using reruns way too much.[/quote]

    Is it me or is this the only place that you can find out that Lost is doing two season this year with no reruns. I didn’t know it was a big secret.

  14. Nacho says:

    I’ve been a bit withdrawn from the last 3 ep’s but this final outcome of Eko takes the cake. I’m no longer interested in the direction this show is going and wont be tuning in next week.

    The visions, the for telling of the future and now this Smoke! It all has the same effect on me, it takes away from realism of the show and I find myself throwing popcorn at my screen.

    What ever happen to the good ol’ magnetic pull and the button thingy, that left an element of mystery. If this is what it was building up to all along I find it a huge disappointment.

  15. Hammer says:

    [quote comment=”12230″]I’ve been a bit withdrawn from the last 3 ep’s but this final outcome of Eko takes the cake. I’m no longer interested in the direction this show is going and wont be tuning in next week.

    The visions, the for telling of the future and now this Smoke! It all has the same effect on me, it takes away from realism of the show and I find myself throwing popcorn at my screen.

    What ever happen to the good ol’ magnetic pull and the button thingy, that left an element of mystery. If this is what it was building up to all along I find it a huge disappointment.[/quote]

    Are you aware that the smoke is one of the original mysteries of the island? This isn’t new for this episode.

  16. Joe says:

    Reason why Ecko didn’t die in the Polar bear episode was because they needed ecko to lead Locke and the others to this hatch (Where Ecko needed to go from his inthoughts) and therefore we met the next surprising storyline in the amazing series (man on television with eyepatch). They couldn’t kill Ecko the last eposode because they had no other way (bait/characters) to lead John Locke and the other characters to the hatch by the plane. Therefore, my assumption is that this new storyline (stated above) must be an extremely important storyline in the series. If they had killed Ecko last episode, there was no other way that Locke and company would go back there, and discover the mysterious man (Supposedly next big twist/plot/storyline). I believe that the eyepatch dude is on another island besides both the one Locke and company are on along with the island Jack is on.

  17. Andreas says:

    Well Joe, there was another reason for them to go to the Pearl station. Locke even said that he wanted to go there to try to use the computer to communicate with The Others before he even thought of Eko heading that way.

  18. Byron says:

    So I’m pissed because all the minorities are being written off the show! Anna-Lucia is dead! Micheal and Walt are gone! Now it’s goodbye to Eko! Sun, Jin, and Hurley better watch out! But to Julie all the tailies aren’t dead, the majority of them were kidnapped by the Others, like the children Anna-Lucia saved and the airline stewardess. I have herd that its a common method in televison writing to kill off characters to make room for new ones. Honestly I don’t care about Paulo and Nikki, they feel like a revision of Boone and Shannon. Silly writers, you would’nt of needed to replace them if you hadn’t killed them off so soon. I’m really feeling Nacho, the show is going no where really fast!! If next week doesn’t wake up and make some sense, then I’m not returning after the Show’s hiatus. I am however, looking forward to Daybreak. Go Taye Diggs!

  19. leah says:

    I dropped off to sleep and missed the whole show. Where can I see it on the internet? I am desperate.

  20. Kevin says:

    So now the show has lost one of the true power house actors. He always made his presence felt – increadible riviting scene carishma. Paulo and Nikki are real light weights – the acting was outright bad (a first for this show). I don’t understand why they would bring them in when they have Ben and Julette who both are superb actors. The show is still great, but i hope they don’t lose all the most interesting characters and start replacing them with fluff.

  21. Sandee says:

    Locke went to that station to try to use the computer. He made that decision before he knew Eko was headed to the plane.
    I really wish that had let Eko die a week sooner and used the latest episode to advance some other stories.

  22. lisa says:

    [quote comment=”12272″]I dropped off to sleep and missed the whole show. Where can I see it on the internet? I am desperate.[/quote]

    http://www.abc.com

  23. KJ says:

    [quote comment=”12276″]Paulo and Nikki are real light weights – the acting was outright bad[/quote]

    Ditto that. I’m still loving this show for the most part (no problem with pacing, revealing, etc.), but I’m also still hating these two new characters. They feel sooo awkward. We’ve gotten tons of new characters over the past two seasons, but they’ve all been introduced with much more grace than these two. Every time I see them on screen it feels very jarring.

    And yeah, doesn’t help that their acting (IMO) is…umm, how do I put this nicely? Not so much with the good. The look on Paulo’s face when the girl (Nikki?) said she was gonna go with Locke to the Pearl? It was…wow. Yeah. Um. I’m not enjoying these characters.

  24. Donnie says:

    I will have to agree with the new characters being a tad lame. They are just too much of a re-hash of Boone and Shannon. This could also just be the anger inside of me talking because Eko was my favorite character.

  25. Evelyn says:

    Does anyone else find Juliet irritating? And isn’t it time someone cut Sawyer some slack. I don’t believe they are on a separate island–it’s smoke and mirrors. I hate Nikki/Paulo. I agree that they are the first truly insipid characters on the show. Maybe they’re cannon fodder. What with the show interrupted for commercial breaks every ~8 minutes, the backstories, the shifting character focus and the split between the orginal survivor group and the Others, I am finding it hard to stay engaged. What about Prison Break? And 24?

  26. poopypants says:

    Does anyone have a rough idea how many “Losties” are on the Island that havent been introduced as characters?I’ve seen a few floating around the “Beach Camp” in the background but im just wondering how many future “Nikki’s & Paulo’s” are going to be sprung on us?.Have Bernie & Rose gone out with the tide?.I havent found the new characters acting bad at all.I would rather have all the Losties introduced now and not used,(ie. bernie & rose)than just drop characters into the mix and pretend that they were just hanging out for 60+ days before we meet them,thoughts?

  27. Lostboy says:

    So I am still wondering about the whole Ben telling Jack they had an elaborate plot to break Jack even so far as letting him know that Juliet looked a lot like his ex-wife. Then Juliet comes in and makes Jack watch a video where she says to basically kill Ben during the surgery.

  28. Tom says:

    The Nikki Paulo characters seem like a very poor way of ‘getting new people interested in Lost’, as they keep asking all the stupid questions that people who haven’t seen the first two seasons would be asking eg last night’s “why is Eko looking in the plane? / because his brother body is inside”.
    And with the whole main character group being clique to the max even with each other, how the hell does Nikki know so much?

  29. Zeb says:

    I’m truly sorry that Eko had to go. He was my favorite character, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was one of the best (if not the best) actor on the show. He could say more with a look than Terry O’Quinn can with a long speech.

    That being said, some thoughts:

    Did anybody else notice that there seems to be more than one smoke monster? There’s the big one that killed Eko, but also at least one smaller one that was flitting around through the jungle. They were never on the screen at the same time, but unless Smokey changes volume at will, I’d say that the small one is not the same creature as the big one. Mama and baby (or babies)? Maybe. Which may be why Smokey actually killed Eko – it (mistakenly) thought that Eko was a threat to its offspring.

    As for why they killed Eko off in this episode and not the previous one: They needed to wrap up his story, and the polar bear episode was about Locke and not Eko. With this episode, they were able to focus on Eko and bring his story full circle. It was a much better way to go than the way they killed off Libby, for instance, who never got her story told at all. (Why was she in the ward with Hurley? Why did she give her husband’s boat away to a total stranger? We don’t know, and maybe we won’t ever know.)

    And yes, the two new characters aren’t a replacement for Eko. Not even close. What were they doing that other cast members couldn’t have done? Although Paolo seems to be angling to take Sawyer’s place as the guy who makes everybody else hate him. The difference here is that the show’s fans like Sawyer even when they hate him, whereas Paolo is too lame to either love or hate. At least so far. Maybe he’ll get better – go back and re-watch the first few episodes of season 1, before either the writers or Josh Holloway had fully gotten a handle on Sawyer, and note how much the character has improved.

    And about the Jack story line, I’m wondering: Is Juliet’s video a set-up? Could Ben have set this whole thing up as part of a last-ditch improvisation to save his plan to “break” Jack? Is Ben crazy enough to go under the knife of a surgeon who’s been asked to kill him, hoping that Jack (being Jack, and stubborn, and contrary, besides being a dedicated surgeon) will refuse to create an “accident” during surgery, and so do his best to make sure Ben survives? After all, Ben was crazy enough to let Rousseau shoot him in the shoulder with an arrow…

    Of course, it would have been much simpler if Ben had simply been straight and honest with the castaways to begin with. Rescue them on day 1 (or at least as soon as they figured out that Jack was a spinal surgeon), bring them in to Otherland, give them shelter, and then Jack would have operated on Ben out of gratitude. But that’s not how Ben’s mind works, apparantly; he’s such a paranoid control freak that being honest probably never occurs to him. And if he truly has spent his entire life on the island, that would explain why he’s such a poor judge of character; he’s been raised in an environment where paranoia and manipulation are the norm, and doesn’t understand that it doesn’t have to be that way.

    And will we get any answers in next week’s mid-season finale, or just more questions? Silly question – we all know the answer to that one, don’t we?

  30. bass108 says:

    i think the more interesting part of the episode that the writers wanna focus us on (or maybe don’t want us to see obviously) is when locke and eko talked about the monster, and locke said he saw light in the monster when eko saw dark. Still not sure who is a darker character with locke’s recent marijuana flashback and…it seems like he didn’t kill that kid, but maybe locke had been going about atoning for his sins, while eko told the smoke monster outright that he felt he had done nothing wrong. And what happened then? Now if there is some crazy man with an eyepatch or anyone else, it seems that the smoke montser is claimed to be a machine of some sorts that someone is controlling, so obviously all our losties are being conditioned here for some kinda reason right?

    So I guess jack did save lockes life when it grabbed him. And it chooses to show light or dark. It’s just interesting the forces behind the scenes that are choosing the fates of our losties.

    and i am the only that thinks that the whole thing with jack is just a game. Like Juliet is in on it, and they are further just trying to ‘break’ jack. Henry gale probably doesn’t even have a tumor. He has shown no kinda of signs of any illness. especially if he needs it so bad. and what happened to the island healing people? he said he’s never leaving the island, so going back to the real world doesn’t seem plausible.

  31. KillerR says:

    [quote comment=”12265″]So I’m pissed because all the minorities are being written off the show! Anna-Lucia is dead! Micheal and Walt are gone! Now it’s goodbye to Eko! Sun, Jin, and Hurley better watch out[/quote]

    AAA requested to be written out of the show. It wasn’t the writers decision. They’re having to do damage control by saying “Oh, well, when he signed on he said he didn’t want a long commitment to a series”. Sounds very similar to what they said about Michelle Rodriguez when they killed her off because of the dui she was arrested for.
    AAA seems like a real jerk from the interviews i’ve seen. Any grown man who acts like that on a tv or movie set should be ashamed of themselves. That’s something a 5 year old does. So RIP Eko.

  32. cactus says:

    bass108:

    When Locke mentioned the light, I assumed he had meant the light inside of the hatch turning on, when he was just about to lose faith in opening it. Of course, we all know it was Desmond now, but for Locke it was a big deal. I am not sure; I’ll have to watch it again.

    As for Ben and Juliet maybe still manipulating Jack together, I thought so too…but then I remembered the scene at the funeral where Ben asked Juliet “Why did you show him my x-rays?”. This wasn’t done for Jack’s benefit as there’s no way he could have heard.

    I can’t believe that there’s only one episode left in this mini-season! Arrr!

  33. violet says:

    locke was grabbed by something that pulled him down into a hole, and jacked pulled him back out. it’s not the same as the time he saw the light turn on inside the hatch.

    how come the white man sees the nice white beautiful light, and the black man sees the big bad black smoke cloud?

  34. Poolshark says:

    [quote comment=”12205″]I wasn’t as shook by Eko’s death as I was the trailer at the end of the show. I could swear it said that next week was the season finale. If it is I’m done. They have pulled this stuff and using reruns way too much.[/quote]

    Next week will be the last new episode until Feb ’07. Other tv series will be wrapping up when Lost picks back up with episode 7. It sucks that we have to wait, but I bet it will be worth it.

  35. bass108 says:

    no…i think when locke was mentioning the light he was talking about looking into the smoke monster…way back in the 1st couple episodes in season 1…locke already knows it ws desmondin the hatch with that light…they talked about it at the end of season 2.

  36. Edward says:

    As for Ben and Juliet maybe still manipulating Jack together, I thought so too…but then I remembered the scene at the funeral where Ben asked Juliet “Why did you show him my x-rays?”. This wasn’t done for Jack’s benefit as there’s no way he could have heard.

    I’ve thought about this too….could it be that Ben’s trying to flush out Juliet? Maybe she’s not in on the con. There’s definitely a con going on here.

    For a while I thought maybe the whole other community is some kind of sick breeding/eugenics experiment like “A Boy and His Dog”, and Juliet was the honey trap. Now, I just think she’s assistant commandant: the velvet viper (with little burnt muffins), and in on the con somehow. I have to go back and listen to who was listening to their conversation at the funeral. Oooh she’s bad, she’s great to hate!

    Sometimes I get sick of how easily the others victimize the losties. I mean they even lost the boat. How hard would that have been to defend properly? Not only did they blow up their nice underground apartment, but they keep getting killed off making life worse for themselves. Makes you almost think that if they can’t put up a better defense they get what they deserve.

  37. soularheart says:

    I have a feeling that the whole Ben/Juliet intrigue might have a different twist! That we discover that it in fact isn’t Ben (despite appearance) who is the bad guy here but Juliet who is manipulative with power-ambitions and is misusing Jack’s trust in her personal agenda!?

  38. Ray says:

    There was no reason to have met the Tail Section of the plane on Lost if by the following Season there all dead. Complete waste of time even if their presence furthered the story somewhat!

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