This season of The Leftovers was a beautiful piece of filmmaking. I've never seen anything like it on TV before. The acting, in particular, and the characters this year really left a mark on me. I had a visceral reaction watching some of the scenes, the characters are so convincing, so memorable, I was really inspired to get that on paper. So I would draw while I watched the show, and these are some of the portraits I made, as a tribute to the characters I love so much.Read More
“Rock ‘n’ roll realizes that its songs function within life itself more than any previous art historically ever has.”
—Richard Meltzer, The Aesthetics of Rock, 1970
“Everything connects/and that ain’t nowhere.”
—New York Dolls, “Vietnamese Baby,” 1973
True to the hall-of-mirrors ethos of the series itself, there are numerous ways one could choose to write about the use of pop music in The Leftovers. I have chosen seven songs from Season 2 which take the core of Richard Meltzer’s idea as gospel. All the tracks I’ve listed here exist within the drama itself—I’ve not included music edited in to provide external commentary.Read More
1. Our Questions About Australia Remain Unanswered
Throughout Season 2, we’ve been teased about the significance of Australia in the Sudden Departure. Kevin Garvey, Sr., is so convinced about this, he moved there. The man who lives on top of the pillar in Jarden sent mail there. There were television reports about a captured cult leader there. We need to know exactly what’s going on Down Under.Read More
Fans, rejoice: The Leftovers may be over for the season, but it isn't about to depart for good. President of HBO Programming Michael Lombardo announced today that the series will return to the network for a third season.Read More
During the first season of The Leftovers, Argentinian filmmaker, writer and columnist Pablo Martin was inspired to create artwork for each episode—what he called "pencil postcards" at the time. Martin has been similarly churning out illustrations this season, drawing two pieces that reflect each episode, all of which you can find on his Tumblr and Twitter.
After the jump, Watching The Leftovers features a gallery of Martin's pieces—one selection from each episode—accompanied by a short description of what inspired each one.Read More
The Season 2 finale of The Leftovers is right around the corner—airing this Sunday, Dec. 6, at 9 p.m. How to fill the time before the big debut? How about listen to a podcast filled with some thoughts about what's around the corner in Miracle.Read More
As we eagerly await the season finale installment of what I believe to be the best show on television, I find myself attempting to predict what will happen in the season closer. I then subsequently laugh at myself for even trying because—like many of you—I can never guess what the opening shot, final shot or any shot in between will be of this gorgeous drama. Nevertheless, here are my guesses in regards to the season finale.Read More
It’s nearly that time, Leftovers fans: The Season 2 finale is just around the corner, airing on Sunday at 9 p.m.
You’ve probably already seen the preview for the episode and read various predictions around the internet (including here on Watching the Leftovers), but here’s one more tidbit to add to your speculation: Co-creator Damon Lindelof teases the episode to this blog with this cryptic phrase: “Look what I found.”
What’s he mean? What did he (you? us? we?) find? We’re not sure, naturally, but watch the Season 2 finale preview again to see if you can make sense of what Lindelof means when he says “look what I found”:
What makes a person disconnect from balance, from wholeness? What happens in someone who is a daughter, someone who’s getting married, someone who has hopes and plans and a life, when those plans and that life disappear?Read More
As the latest Leftovers teaser tells us, there are “only 2 episodes left” this season. But so much more is teased in that video: Kevin seems to be missing and John is looking for him; Meg returns...possibly with a big plan; and we’re ominously told: “Not every miracle…is a blessing.”
To that mix of teases for this Sunday’s installment “Ten Thirteen," we’d add that co-creator Damon Lindelof exclusive told Watching the Leftovers that this episode is the one “in which we do what we said we weren’t gonna.”
What’s he mean? With Lindelof, we’re never really too sure, but see if you can make heads or tails of his cryptic words while watching the latest tease (yet) again:
Did you find yourself sympathizing with Patti Levin after Sunday's episode? You're not alone—actor Justin Theroux shares your emotional 180:
"When the penny dropped for me as far as what she is, that she's essentially a child, it was just heartbreaking. Immediately you can love Patti for the first time. It was an incredible piece of writing. You realize that she's not this nonsensical, heartless bitch—there is a reason why she doesn't speak, a reason why she wants people to die. It's because she's emotionally handicapped by what's been done to her by others. She's essentially a villain for 18 episodes, and then she becomes the most endearing character—at least for me—of all two seasons. I just loved those scenes in the well and thought it was such an incredible, inventive turn."
“You were the lamp that led me from that night/You led me forth to drink Parnassian water/then on the road to God you shed your light.”
—Statius to Virgil, Purgatorio 22.64-65
Written by Dante Aligheri in the 14th Century, The Divine Comedy is an epic poem considered to be one of the most defining pieces of literature about our ideas of hell and the underworld. Drawing heavily from the medieval Christian philosophies and theology of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica, the poem is divided into three sections, which are the three realms of the dead—hell, purgatory, and paradise. In the epic, Dante is guided through the various circles of hell and purgatory before reaching paradise. He has a wise guide throughout the journey. That guide’s name was...Virgil. Of course, it’s no coincidence that this is the name of the man who has offered to guide Kevin into the realms of death to do battle with his “most powerful adversary.” I would suggest that Virgil’s suicide was not a devious act of narcissism but that he killed himself to act as Kevin’s guide to the world that awaited him.Read More
The next episode of The Leftovers, titled “International Assassin,” is cloaked in mystery...but Watching the Leftovers has a tiny tidbit to whet your appetite in advance: Co-creator Tom Perrotta teases the hour with the words “business traveler.”
Who’s that business traveler? What do they have to do with the upcoming episode? We’re not entirely sure, but watch the new “In the Week Ahead” trailer for The Leftovers to see what you can glean.