Somerhalder Gets 'Lost' Again

ABC is slowly letting little details about the coming season of "Lost" out into the public arena, for the most part couching things in the broadest of terms so as not to give too much away.

And so it is with the description for the season's second episode, which airs Wednesday, Oct. 11, except for this: "Ian Somerhalder guest stars as Boone," the network copy says.

Boone, of course, has been dead since near the end of "Lost's" first season. Somerhalder has appeared a couple of times since then in flashback sequences, usually involving his sister Shannon (Maggie Grace).

Shannon, however, died in the November 2005 episode "Abandoned," severing Boone's closest link to the remaining plane-crash survivors on the island. Somerhalder's reappearance suggests he somehow figured in one of the other islanders' pasts as well.

The Oct. 11 episode, called "Further Instructions," will also reveal what happened to Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) and Eko (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) when the hatch collapsed in last season's finale, and will find Hurley (Jorge Garcia) returning to camp after being released by the Others.

Somerhalder is currently working on a miniseries called "Marco Polo," in which he plays the famous explorer. The project, produced by Robert Halmi Sr. ("Gulliver's Travels," ABC's "Ten Commandments" remake), doesn't have U.S. distribution lined up yet.

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