Damon Lindelof (Lost, Watchmen) on Collective Trauma and Healing


Watchmen & Lost creator Damon Lindelof talks about grief, religion and his creative process.

Episode Description


In the first episode of We Disrupt This Broadcast, we ask the question, what’s to be gained from examining collective trauma? Host Gabe González dives deep in his extensive interview with Damon Lindelof to explore this question, which has pervaded his work for nearly twenty years, from 2004’s Lost to 2023’s Mrs. Davis. We also get into how Lindelof has worked with his fellow creatives to broaden his work beyond his personal experience into the ways trauma affects our culture through religion, race, and even AI.

What to Listen For


  • Experience writing Season 3 of MTV’s Undressed
  • Creative process stems from his personal identity and concept of “the antenna”
  • Inspiration received after reading Ta Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me
  • Watchmen a vessel that could hold a conversation about race
  • Liking the idea of creating spaces to have uncomfortable conversations
  • “Storytelling should be dangerous. It’s not a place where safety is a mandate.”
  • Exploring the shared concept of grief in The Leftovers
  • Magical screens taking us out of our lived experiences
  • Exploring resilience and coping mechanism is Mrs. Davis
  • Role of algorithms and artificial intelligence in Mrs. Davis and beyond in our real lives
  • The two most mellowing experiences we should all seek in our frantic crazy world

Show Resources


Lost – Peabody Winner profile

The Leftovers – Peabody Winner profile

Exclusive Peabody Conversation with Damon Lindelof, Justin Theroux and other cast members of The Leftovers 

Watchmen – Peabody Winner profile

Acceptance Speech for Watchmen including Regina King and Damon Lindelof

Peabody Recognizes Socially Conscious Storytelling

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