The Leftovers came to a close with an unforgettable exchange. Below, co-creator and executive producer Damon Lindelof, executive producer and director Mimi Leder, and actors Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon share their own experiences with the final scene of the show.
Mimi Leder (Director, Executive Producer)
“In terms of directing the finale, you want to not be precious. I kept thinking, ‘I can’t f*ck this up.’ It was such a huge responsibility. You’ve got to go in, let all that stuff go and open your arms. You can’t love your children one more than the other, so I had to treat it as just another episode. I had to love and understand it to guide our characters in these parallel story lines — these alternate histories of [Kevin and Nora’s] relationship.”
Damon Lindelof (Co-creator, Executive Producer)
“It was a very emotional, very intense day. I think we asked a lot of the actors who performed in that scene. It required a tremendous amount of focus and attention. I sat there watching them do it while Mimi Leder directed it and surpassed my wildest expectations. If people don’t like it, that’s on the writers [laughs] — because the actors really brought it.”
Justin Theroux (“Kevin Garvey”)
“[Filming the final scene was] brutal. We filmed, basically in continuity, so it wasn’t our absolute last day of work, but we were circling the end. It was difficult because Carrie and I were shooting our last big scene together.”
Carrie Coon (“Nora Durst”)
“[Filming the final scene] was terrifying. Because it’s such a responsibility. But it’s an honor to be trusted with that material. When things are that beautifully written — when the language is that specific — it’s actually much easier to do. So I’m just grateful that the writing was so extraordinary. It makes my job much easier.”
Read more Season 3 interviews with the cast and crew:
- Liv Tyler on Falling in Love With Meg and Embracing Impulsiveness
- Ann Dowd Talks Playing Patti, Reuniting One Last Time With Kevin and Ending It All
- Amy Brenneman on Laurie’s Journey, That Fight and Saying Goodbye
- Kevin Carroll on Playing Changed Man John Murphy
- Christopher Eccleston on Matt’s Devotion, That Ferry Scene and Confronting “God”
Watch every episode of The Leftovers on HBO.