7 TV Shows That Suddenly Dropped Major Plot Threads

7. Lost Producers Don't Understand Puberty


You knew this one was going to be here, didn't you? In the first season of Lost, one of the big mysteries was centered around Walt, the young boy who was stranded with a father he barely knew when his mother died. Through flashbacks, it started to become clear that Walt had some kind of psychic powers that caused exotic birds to randomly appear and commit suicide (really).

With that in mind, it made sense that when Walt and his father Michael were among the castaways who tried to find civilization on a raft, the evil "Others" kidnapped Walt to do weird island magic experiments on him. It got weird when Walt wasn't rescued until the end of the next season. His scenes were carefully shot to avoid lingering on him too long, and he promptly left the island. The end.

Wait, what?

Malcom David Kelley, who played Walt, was about 12 years-old when the series started. Lost was somewhat unique among TV shows in that as far as its internal timeline went, a few days at most passed between most episodes. It wasn't long before Kelley started going through puberty and had a huge growth spurt that defied the internal logic of how much time was passing.

Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse panicked and wrote him off the show. They've never explained why, on a show about a magical island, they couldn't find a way for him to stay, much less how they were unable to anticipate such an obvious development.

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Formerly the site manager of Cageside Seats and the WWE Team Leader at Bleacher Report, David Bixenspan has been writing professionally about WWE, UFC, and other pop culture since 2009. He's currently WhatCulture's U.S. Editor and also serves as the lead writer of Figure Four Weekly and a monthly contributor to Fighting Spirit Magazine.