Whether you've never seen an episode of The Leftovers or you've purchased a certain 1972 issue of National Geographic, now – with mere days until the Season 1 finale and episodes 1 through 9 available on HBO GO – is the perfect time to binge watch the critically acclaimed first season.
Want some company for the ride? Joining you on this journey through the post-Departure world are Max and Charlie Carver. The boys play twins Adam and Scott Frost, a duo that Charlie describes as high schoolers who "like to smoke pot and play ping pong. We just want everyone to join in. It's a great escape."
Below, on an episode-by-episode basis, the pair answer some of viewers' burning questions, tease future episodes and – in true Frost fashion – provide some colorful commentary along the way.
Watch an hour of The Leftovers, and stop back here for insights from Mapleton's favorite twins. And then repeat again and again.
Episode 1: “Pilot”
What's up with the dogs?
Max: "What I thought was interesting about that dogs in the pilot was what Scott Frost, played by my brother, happened to say during the burial scene: Dogs have snapped, and the same thing is going to happen to us. It just hasn't happened yet. It foreshadows what we see later in the series.
Another nice thing about that scene is that we got some closure. The pilot episode picks up well after the Departure, but there's still a lot of grief and confusion. There was this kind of innocence about kids burying a dog – we got to say goodbye."
Charlie: "When you think about the Departure, one of the main things people have to deal with is that there are no bodies – only a missing presence. The dog is the first time we see a kind of relationship between all of us left behind and having a body to memorialize.
Another thing is that a cardinal rule of television or film is: Don't ever kill a dog. It happens in the first five minutes of the show, and I think it's intentional to say that the world has fundamentally changed and the old rules don't apply anymore."
Max: "I just want to be clear. Everyone on the show loves dogs, just for the record."
Charlie: "Dogs can represent two things – a wild animal on the edge of domestication or man's best friend. Later on in the season, we see dogs in a different light than the pilot. That contrast is really powerful."
- Series co-creator Damon Lindelof teases what's up with the animals of Mapleton.