Despite J.J. Abrams' assurances to the contrary, it appears drunk driving is enough to get you axed, or in this case shot, off of the show Lost. The characters Ana Lucia, played by Michelle Rodriguez, and Libby, played by Cynthia Watros, were both gunned down in the dramatic conclusion to last night's episode.
The killing occurred after Ana Lucia, guarding the prisoner Henry Gale, loaned her gun to Michael, who said he had a murderous vendetta against Gale and wanted to kill him. Once he had the gun, however, Michael turned the gun on Ana Lucia, telling her, "I'm sorry," before blowing her away.
Watros' character Libby was unlucky enough to walk in and startle Michael, and she received several bullets in the gut for her transgression.
The shocking murders might not come as too much of a surprise to Losties. In December, the same two actresses were arrested by Hawaiian police for driving drunk. There were also rumors that Michelle Rodriguez was difficult to work with. The show had already killed off one actress, Maggie Grace, who was also rumored to be difficult.
Abrams told reporters that Ana Lucia would not be killed because of the incident. However, he didn't say she would never be killed.
"While we don't want to report on the fate of any of the characters in the show, I would say without question that any reports that anything that's going on with any of the actors as being problematic or certainly resulting in changing the storyline to sort of, you know, get rid of them is just erroneous and silliness," he said in December.
Additionally, cocreator Damon Lindelof told TVGuide.com, "Lost's story is the star, and no actor would ever be killed off for any other reason than supporting the story."
Allegations of difficult behavior on-set and run-ins with the law have dogged Rodriguez her entire career. In March of 2002, Rodriguez was arrested for assaulting her female roommate, although the charges were later dropped. In June of 2004, Rodriguez pleaded no contest to charges of hit and run, drunk driving, and driving with a suspended license. The actress was also pulled over several other times in Hawaii while filming Lost.
Watros is another story. She was recently added to the cast of a new fall sitcom pilot, My Ex-Life, starring Tom Cavanagh. Once this announcement was made, speculation began as to Libby's fate.
Libby, who had been embarking on an increasingly ludicrous love story with Hurley, fell to the floor after being shot. Since the island doesn't have any sort of ICU or proper medical facility to administer care to a person with gunshot wounds to the stomach, it is logical to assume she died, too. Since this is Lost, however, logic may not apply.
In the previews for next week's episode, one of the characters is heard to say, "She's dead," instead of "They're dead." This could indicate that only one of them died, and since Ana Lucia died on camera, that is pretty final. As the line used in the preview could have been taken out of context from anywhere in the show, this is splitting hairs.
Sound off: At the point Ana Lucia was shot, did shock give way to elation? Just a little? Do you think Libby is dead?