Music Supervisor Liza Richardson Talks ‘Authentic Oldies,’ and Her Favorite Songs From Season 1

Music Supervisor Liza Richardson Talks ‘Authentic Oldies,’ and Her Favorite Songs From Season 1

When it came to The Leftovers' sound, series creator Damon Lindelof had specific direction for music supervisor Liza Richardson. "He encouraged me to go weird and deep and dark," Richardson tells WatchingTheLeftovers.com. Richardson oversaw the song selection for the series, a process she describes as "taking my interpretation of Damon's sensibility, reading the characters, and funneling that through what I think is cool musically." Coupled with Max Richter's score, Richardson's songs created a distinct sound, one that fans responded to all season. 

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3 Biblical Prophetic Warnings in ‘Guest’

3 Biblical Prophetic Warnings in ‘Guest’

I’ve already offered some theories about who could be The Leftovers’ true prophet. But what other biblical, prophetic clues were in “Guest”? Here are three big prophetic references I noticed – with a little guessing about what they could mean.

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What Are The Odds? For Nora Durst, They’re Even Sadder Than You Think

What Are The Odds? For Nora Durst, They’re Even Sadder Than You Think

The Leftovers episode “Guest” focuses on Nora Durst, who lost her husband and both children in the Sudden Departure that launched the series. Nora was already one of the most sympathetic characters on the show, but a specific line from the most recent episode – which may have been overlooked by many – makes her character and situation even more sympathetic.

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How Nora Durst Grieves

How Nora Durst Grieves

We only got a brief glimpse of Nora Durst in The Leftovers pilot and it was clear that her story was among the most tragic. Her entire family goes missing in an instant as a result of the unexplained event simply known as The Sudden Departure. She was a featured speaker at the event commemorating the third anniversary of the mass disappearance but since then, we’ve discovered that she’s not typically one to engage in public mourning or excessive sentimentality. She is quiet, mysterious and a bit chilly, with an array of eccentricities. We don’t know who she is now but this is who she is now under the weight of such tremendous, life-altering grief.

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Is Holy Wayne a Scammer or Savior?

Is Holy Wayne a Scammer or Savior?

The climax of Sunday's episode of The Leftovers, "Guest," involved an emotional moment – and potentially magical hug – between Nora Durst and Holy Wayne. Writer Kath Lingenfelter admits that "the way that Nora associates with people has changed," but does that mean that Wayne has a supernatural touch? Watchers debate the merits of Wayne's enterprise.

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Who Is The Leftovers’ True Prophet?

Who Is The Leftovers’ True Prophet?

An academic at the DROP conference in “Guest” mentioned the “prophet’s dilemma” – a subtle reminder about the rise of prophets in the post-Departure world. References to prophets, in fact, have popped up regularly on The Leftovers. So, which of the show’s familiar faces has the potential to be a true prophet? We shall see, but a few competitors stand out to me currently.   

Here’s who I’ve got on my own personal prophet radar – and why.

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Writer Kath Lingenfelter Explains 6 Big Ideas From 'Guest'

Writer Kath Lingenfelter Explains 6 Big Ideas From 'Guest'

Sunday's episode of The Leftovers pulls back the curtain on one of Mapleton's most grief-stricken residents, Nora Durst. Supervising producer Kath Lingenfelter, who penned the hour, spoke to WatchingTheLeftovers.com about the origin of some of the episode's most provocative elements. 

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3 Questions That Will Be Answered in the Nora Durst-Focused 'Guest'

3 Questions That Will Be Answered in the Nora Durst-Focused 'Guest'

As the tease makes very clear, this Sunday’s episode of The Leftovers is all Nora, all the time. So what can viewers expect to see? A better understanding of Mapleton’s most grieving woman? "I feel like in this episode we do give several answers," writer and supervising producer Kath Lingenfelter says.

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Bustle's Jefferson Grubbs: 5 Coming Intrigues in the Weeks Ahead Trailer

Bustle's Jefferson Grubbs: 5 Coming Intrigues in the Weeks Ahead Trailer

HBO recently released a trailer that teases the upcoming episodes of The Leftovers. The piece reaches far into future episodes of the series and flashes several highly charged scenes, featuring characters from Kevin and Laurie to Meg and Holy Wayne.

Below, you can enjoy the trailer. But first, read the interview with Bustle writer Jefferson Grubbs, who gives a five-point commentary about what he deems to be the most exciting and intriguing parts of the video. Grubbs has been writing about the series from the start, penning probing pieces on everything from how the series has departed from the book to healthy speculation about the Guilty Remnant (and much more).

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