9 Takeaways From The Leftovers’ Cast and Creators at the Vulture Festival

9 Takeaways From The Leftovers’ Cast and Creators at the Vulture Festival

With Season 3 of The Leftovers officially in production, the series was featured in the third annual Vulture Festival, where TV critic Jen Chaney sat down with co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta—along with executive producer Mimi Leder, and actors Justin Theroux and Ann Dowd, who play Kevin Garvey and Patti Levin. After the jump, read nine things gleaned from their conversation about the Peabody-winning series.

Warning: spoilers ahead from Seasons 1 and 2.

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Artist Creates Character Art After ‘Visceral Reaction’ to Watching The Leftovers

Artist Creates Character Art After ‘Visceral Reaction’ to Watching The Leftovers

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.

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Out Through the In Door: Seven Startling Uses of Pop Music in Season 2

Out Through the In Door: Seven Startling Uses of Pop Music in Season 2

“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. 

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10 Reasons Season 3 is Needed

10 Reasons Season 3 is Needed

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.

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Artist Pablo Martin Illustrates Season 2 Episodes

Artist Pablo Martin Illustrates Season 2 Episodes

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. 

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Season 2 Finale: Five Predictions

Season 2 Finale: Five Predictions

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.

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Damon Lindelof Teases Season Finale: ‘Look What I Found’

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”:

Damon Lindelof Teases Episode 9 As The One ‘In Which We Do What We Said We Weren’t Gonna’

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:

Justin Theroux on Why He Loves Patti Levin

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."