9 Takeaways From The Leftovers’ Cast and Creators at the Vulture Festival

9 Takeaways From The Leftovers’ Cast and Creators at the Vulture Festival

With Season 3 of The Leftovers officially in production, the series was featured in the third annual Vulture Festival, where TV critic Jen Chaney sat down with co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta—along with executive producer Mimi Leder, and actors Justin Theroux and Ann Dowd, who play Kevin Garvey and Patti Levin. After the jump, read nine things gleaned from their conversation about the Peabody-winning series.

Warning: spoilers ahead from Seasons 1 and 2.

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Justin Theroux on Why He Loves Patti Levin

Did you find yourself sympathizing with Patti Levin after Sunday's episode? You're not alone—actor Justin Theroux shares your emotional 180:

"When the penny dropped for me as far as what she is, that she's essentially a child, it was just heartbreaking. Immediately you can love Patti for the first time. It was an incredible piece of writing. You realize that she's not this nonsensical, heartless bitch—there is a reason why she doesn't speak, a reason why she wants people to die. It's because she's emotionally handicapped by what's been done to her by others. She's essentially a villain for 18 episodes, and then she becomes the most endearing character—at least for me—of all two seasons. I just loved those scenes in the well and thought it was such an incredible, inventive turn."
Cast and Creators Detail 6 Reasons The Leftovers Caught Their Attention

Cast and Creators Detail 6 Reasons The Leftovers Caught Their Attention

On June 7, the cast and creators of The Leftovers took a break from filming Season 2—now in production near Austin—to gather for a panel discussion at the Austin Television Festival. Writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof, director and executive producer Mimi Leder and three cast members—Ann Dowd, Christopher Eccleston and Carrie Coon—looked back on their experience shooting the show’s first season.

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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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9 Excellent Reasons to Binge The Leftovers' 9 Episodes Before the Finale

9 Excellent Reasons to Binge The Leftovers' 9 Episodes Before the Finale

It’s time to binge on some Leftovers: On Sunday, Aug. 30, starting at noon, HBO2 will air the first nine episodes the series’ inaugural season back-to-back so that fans can re-watch or new folks can catch-up in advance of the drama’s Sept. 7 season finale. (Of course, you can binge anytime on HBO GO.)

To tee you up before the coming marathon, I assembled nine great reasons (warning: some are a tad cheeky) anyone – everyone! – should go back and watch The Leftovers’ first nine episodes again…or to binge watch and catch up on the show that’s gotten everyone else talking.

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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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