Director Michelle MacLaren Breaks Down Character Moments From 'Cairo'

A veteran of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, director Michelle MacLaren is no stranger to suspense. Most recently, MacLaren brought her expertise to "Cairo," an episode of The Leftovers she calls "a big turning point and a challenging dramatic piece." The acclaimed director connected with WatchingTheLeftovers.com to discuss her take on the hour's main characters, and how she integrated her interpretation into the episode's aesthetic.

MacLaren goes into greater detail about six notable shots from "Cairo."

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A Meditation on the Guilty Remnant as a Metaphor of the Dispossessed

A Meditation on the Guilty Remnant as a Metaphor of the Dispossessed

The Guilty Remnant embodies the nihilistic spirit in myriad ways – from replacing the air they breathe with the smoke of one of modernity’s most insidiously manipulated products to wearing a uniform of all white. The G.R. are the most puzzling religious upstarts in a world mired in disillusionment, the breakdown of the symbolic order, and the lurking horrors of a society trying to maintain homeostasis in the wake of the Rapture and the rise of tyranny. The federal government, represented here by the AFTEC, has begun to make the turn toward the murderous. Rev. Matt, in my opinion an anti-Job who resists the will of God instead of absorbing it, grows increasingly menacing and potentially despotic. Chief Garvey, the everyman and arch-hero for a jaded, confused, cynical and existential age, desperately clings to a normative home in which to raise his daughter and one he might be able to offer to his wayward son (clearly pulled into the orbit of a megalomaniacal cult-leader). 

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7 Intriguing Reveals (and Resulting Mysteries) on The Leftovers

7 Intriguing Reveals (and Resulting Mysteries) on The Leftovers

When 140 million people around the globe – two percent of the world’s population – suddenly disappear off the face of the planet in The Leftovers, not only are the characters left wondering what the heck is going on – we, the viewers, are too.

Questions abound: Was it the Rapture? Maybe aliens? Perhaps some secret, quantum physics, off-book government experiment gone awry?

With the series only four episodes deep, the answer to what happened is still way up in the air. Nonetheless, though, courtesy of the townsfolk of Mapleton, The Leftovers has given viewers some pretty intriguing reveals to help solve the mystery. Here are the seven disclosures I’m finding most intriguing so far. (Fair warning: Spoilers below!)

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The Biggest Questions (and Theories) About the Guilty Remnant

The Biggest Questions (and Theories) About the Guilty Remnant

The all-white clothing. The smoking. The vow of silence...The Guilty Remnant certainly holds to some nonconventional principles. This week, even more eyebrows were raised when the G.R. – including Laurie Garvey and Meg – broke into Mapleton's homes and confiscated family photos they found inside, leaving frames empty. Audiences largely wondered what – and don't let the irony escape you here – the G.R. was trying to say.

WatchingTheLeftovers.com scoured online discussion, pulling together a handful of insights addressing watchers’ biggest questions about the G.R.

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Why Does He Persist? A Dream Analyst Interprets Matt Jamison's Dream

Why Does He Persist? A Dream Analyst Interprets Matt Jamison's Dream

Sunday's episode of The Leftovers, "Two Boats and a Helicopter," includes a dream sequence that touches upon Rev. Matt Jamison's childhood cancer diagnosis, the fire that killed his parents, the Oct. 14 car accident that left his wife in a vegetative state, and his pre-Departure sex life (complete with a surprise cameo from Laurie Garvey). What does it all mean? Dream analyst David Bedrick broke it down for HBO.com.

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Justin Theroux and Amy Brenneman on Kevin and Laurie's Quiet Connection

Justin Theroux and Amy Brenneman on Kevin and Laurie's Quiet Connection

When asked to choose the most jaw-dropping moment of the pilot episode of The Leftovers, actor Amy Brenneman did not hesitate. "When Justin [Theroux] came to me at the end," Brenneman told HBO.com at The Leftovers New York City premiere. The tense scene, wherein Kevin Garvey begs his wife Laurie to come home, "told me everything about this marriage," Brenneman added. "This married couple is just so emotionally involved."

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Fight or Flight? The Leftovers Cast Weighs In

Fight or Flight? The Leftovers Cast Weighs In

The Leftovers takes place three years after the Sudden Departure, a global event wherein two percent of the world's population disappears sans explanation. Before Monday evening’s New York City premiere at the Skirball Center, the series' cast and creators offered insight into the show's post-departure reality.

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