It's finally been confirmed.
Confirmation has come, first from Eonline's Kristin Dos Santos, and now also from TV Guide's Michael Ausiello, on the news Ausiello had earlier this week that ABC was considering adding an extra hour to Lost this season, bringing its Season 4 total to fourteen hours. Of course fans will remember that the original plan was for a sixteen episode season, which got dropped to thirteen episodes thanks to the writers' strike.
Ausiello says Lost executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse really pushed for that extra hour, feeling it was necessary to complete the story they intended for the season. Ausiello quotes Cuse, who says, "We are very excited and grateful to [ABC president] Steve McPherson for working out the scheduling difficulties to allow us to make the second part of our finale two hours. Damon and I were working on the script and we just couldn't get it all done in one hour without shortchanging the story. Now the finale will have all the sweep and emotional completeness we wanted it to have — along with, of course, answering who's in the coffin."