Michael's back on 'Lost': Yay?

163653__michael_lDon’t know about you, PopWatchers, but today’s big news about Harold Perrineau’s return to Lost has me as befuddled as the show’s mesmerizing season finale. Seriously, I just can’t figure out whether I’m glad about this. On the one hand, Perrineau was always one of my favorite actors on Lost (specifically, I’d say he ranks behind only Terry O’Quinn and Josh Holloway), and his sudden departure two seasons ago left me feeling empty inside. On the other hand, the series has been so peaceful and quiet without Perrineau’s Michael screaming "Walt!" at every turn. I’m really torn.

Then again, either way, this bit of news raises an even more important conundrum: What’s going to happen on Lost now that Michael’s back? Will he and Walt return to the island? What will they be up to? How is the show’s brain trust going to handle the fact that Malcolm David Kelley will have aged even more noticeably since the last time he appeared as Walt? And what’s Michael gonna be shrieking about this time?

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  • hannah

    Maybe he’ll appear in the future flash forwards. In that case, it would be easy to handle Walt’s aging…

  • sarah

    I’m all for his return. He should come back as his character in Romeo & Juliet. That would be a hotmess.

  • Daniel

    Yeah, I’m guessing he’ll be back in flash-forwards.

  • Ceballos

    “I AM GOING TO FIND MY BOY…WALLTTT!!!!”
    Anyway, I agree with the people saying that Michael and Walt will likely figure in the flash forwards (which actually turned out to be an ingenius way to reincorporate the rapidly growing Malcolm David Kelley).
    Though I’d grown tired of Michael (honestly, all he did in season 2 was run around like a maniac screaming for Walt…it’s ALL he did), I think Harold is a great actor and I’ll be really glad to see him on the show. The news was a pleasant surprise for me because I’d kind of moved on from Michael and Walt as season 3 progressed (and became excellent toward the end). Now I’m thinking it’s another exciting twist in a show I just cannot wait to return.

  • Jill

    I think this is great news! Not so much because I loved Michael all that much, but more so because I have really been wanting to know what actually happened to him when he was allowed to “leave” the island. I also like Walt, so it will be fun if he comes back too. I enjoyed seeing him in the season finale, and I am interested in knowing what the Others did with him after they kidnapped him.

  • Heather

    It would be really great if you wouldn’t put spoilers in your titles. Thanks muchly!

  • cara

    and what should the headline read, heather?

  • V.M.L.

    It was a given that he’d be returning because Walt reappeared in the last episode.

  • Anonymous

    I think its sweet! He was always one of my favorite characters…maybe he’ll return on that boat thats looking for the island that Jack contacted…who knows? As for Walt, idk how they will bring him back and make it seem logical with the way he will have grown up.

  • Heather

    Cara…it can read pretty much anything as long as it doesn’t name specific characters. There are other columnists who’ve written about this and used vague headlines. “Lost character returns” or “Character reappears on Lost”. Whatever gives the reader the idea that a character is returning without saying which one.

  • dark_tyler

    What the first poster said. Michal won’t be coming back to the island

  • oh boy!

    the spoiler police are back!!!!

  • Dan TO

    Is this really spoiler? All it really says to me is that at some point during the course of the last 48 episodes we’ll find out what happened to Michael when he “left” the island. I would say that’s a pretty big loose end to leave hanging.

  • Joe C

    At least I won’t be able to torment my fellow ‘Lost’ fans by always asking ‘where’s Michael?’ They had to bring him back. Remember, he betrayed Jack, Kate, and Sawyer at the end of season 2, so how will they react to his character? Good news….

  • krissysue2

    What about the idea that Michael and Walt appear in a flashforward, thus explaining Walt’s age and growth?

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