The Devil in the ‘Off Ramp’ Details

The Devil in the ‘Off Ramp’ Details

In the midst of insanity, we can sometimes miss the particulars right in front of us. In this week’s episode of The Leftovers, “Off Ramp,” we were treated to a full hour of Laurie and Tommy’s story. So many moments of action, mystery, and astonishment played out that you might have missed some of the more subtle specifics the show gave us. Here are a few details I noticed in the episode that—who knows—may or may not have a larger role in future episodes.

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The Leftovers Season 2: 5 Juicy Details (And More!) Revealed

The Leftovers Season 2: 5 Juicy Details (And More!) Revealed

At the 2015 Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday in Los Angeles, details about the upcoming season of The Leftovers trickled out. Co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta appeared on stage with cast members Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon and new season regular Regina King to take questions from television reporters.

In top-line summary, to kick off Season 2, Kevin and Jill Garvey—along with Nora and the baby she found abandoned on the Garveys’ doorstep—move to Jarden, Texas, a town remarkable for its zero departures. Also in town are Matt and Mary Jamison, looking for a miracle of their own.

According to an on-the-scene report from The Hollywood Reporter, Lindelof stressed that Season 2 is not a reboot but rather “the next chapter.” Lindelof stood by the tone of the first season, reported USA Today. “We always want the show to feel authentic,” he told the crowd. “We wanted to ground the world. [It] may have felt bleak and despairing, but to us it felt honest.” The showrunner maintained his sense of humor, joking at one point about wanting “to tape Season 2 before a live studio audience—we wanted to opt in for a laugh track.”

All jokes aside, Lindelof suggested a more positive current running through the new season, which was announced as premiering Oct. 4. “It was important to us that the characters didn't want to feel that way,” Lindelof said, according to USA Today. “The idea of people wanting to feel better, particularly this family, [they] wouldn't want to stay in the places they were, either geographically or emotionally.”

So—apart from the change in scenery—what else can you expect from the new season? Here are five juicy bits Lindelof and Co. revealed during the panel discussion.

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Go Behind the Scenes of 'The Prodigal Son Returns' With Director Mimi Leder

Go Behind the Scenes of 'The Prodigal Son Returns' With Director Mimi Leder

The season finale of The Leftovers is filled with turning points for the Garvey family and Mapleton as a whole. WatchingTheLeftovers.com connected with director and co-executive producer Mimi Leder to discuss Season 1's final installment. For Leder, "The Prodigal Son Returns" is about delving "deep into the characters' grief and their struggles to somehow try to come out the other end." Below, the director takes us inside specific moments from the episode.

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Amy Brenneman Explains the Guilty Remnant: ‘There’s No One United Belief System’

Amy Brenneman Explains the Guilty Remnant: ‘There’s No One United Belief System’

One of the biggest questions viewers of The Leftovers have is: What does the Guilty Remnant stand for? This blog recently rounded up questions about the mysterious group and crowd-sourced speculative answers from fans around the internet. But in an interview WatchingTheLeftovers.com recently did with Amy Brenneman – you can read the full Q&A on Sunday after episode five titled “Gladys” – the actress took a moment to help viewers explain the G.R. a little bit more.

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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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Making The Leftovers: 8 Essential Takeaways

Making The Leftovers: 8 Essential Takeaways

Because a post-Departure world is an understandably complex place, HBO recently premiered a one-time special, Making The Leftovers, that details the creation of the drama series. The special is packed with facts; here are the eight most revealing.

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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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