Lost co-creator, executive producer and writer Damon Lindelof talked to TVGuide about the deaths of Nikki and Paulo:
“People hated them before they even opened their mouths to say anything significant because it felt like they were crashing the party,” exec producer Damon Lindelof acknowledges of the characters who were abruptly introduced last fall. “The easiest thing would have been to just write them out and forget they ever happened, like the cougar on Season 2 of 24. But that’s not Lost. We should at least own up to it.”
Like most of you, I never really liked Nikki and Paulo. It wasn’t the fault of actors Kiele Sanchez and Rodrigo Santoro who did a pretty good job, but due to a bad introduction (supposedly caused by a cut sex scene between the two that lead to a rewrite of their introduction) they never felt like part of the story.
I can almost guarantee that Nikki and Paulo were not part of the original plan, so hopefully this will be a lesson for the suits at ABC that messing too much with the creative vision and introducing new characters without much thought is never a good idea.
Unlike Locke, I hope that what is buried stays buried. At least until the zombie season. Of course, they were buried alive, so maybe they’re back playing ping-pong next week….
Thanks to DarkUFO for the tip