Netflix to upload uncut Lost finale after streaming the wrong one all this time

Co-creator Damon Lindelof believes it was 'an honest mistake' on Netflix's part

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Lost fans, rejoice, as Netflix is finally replacing the wrong version of the 2010 finale it’s been streaming all this time.

The version of two-part closer “The End” currently available on the service has been heavily edited and is missing 18 minutes in cuts. 

Fans have been voicing their outrage on a Reddit thread dedicated to noting everything missing, with co-creator Damon Lindelof also complaining.

Netflix US has attempted to reassure users that the issue is being corrected by replying to angry tweets.

“It was an unintentional glitch,” its social media team wrote. “We are in the middle of correcting now and will have the uncut version back streaming as soon as possible. Error on our part - the uncut version was accidentally swapped out.” 

Lindelof has thanked Netflix for its speedy action, writing in a statement: “If governments moved with the same determined alacrity that Netflix just did, there would be worldwide harmony. This is awesome. Netflix is awesome. [Making a Murderer prosecutor considering legal action against the company] Ken Kratz is not awesome.”

The reasons behind the error remain unclear but it is believed that Netflix streams whatever version it is sent by the rights holder. 

Lindelof had earlier shared his suspicion that it wasn’t Netflix’s fault that the wrong version of the Lost finale was streamed.

“I am totally befuddled by all this,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Something tells me that it’s an honest mistake and something got miscommunicated but this is a fix that needs to happen so at least people can love or hate it in its entirety.”

Lindelof suggested that a “format” version of the show, which sees the hour cut to 42 minutes to accommodate adverts in re-run airings, was sent to Netflix by mistake.