Far from giving the audience a role in the storytelling, the participatory aspect of Lost was actually a result of its creators’ strict control. Viewers were ambivalent about the role they wanted to take. One of the most persistent questions the producers got was, how much of this has been plotted out in advance? “The fans want the story to be completely planned out by us,” said Lindelof, “and they also want to have a say. Those two are mutually exclusive.