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."
‘Orange Sticker’: By the Babylon Motel

‘Orange Sticker’: By the Babylon Motel

"By the rivers of Babylon, we sat down and cried
as we remembered Zion.
We hung our lyres on willow trees. …
How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?"

—Psalm 137

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever."

—Psalm 136

In Edenic Jarden, there's an orange sticker on the houses of those who have been certified as the safe/chosen/spared. Like the Israelites, those who live in Jarden are the Chosen People. But once you get in John Murphy’s pickup truck, cross the mythical bridge out of town and descend through the hostile, murmuring mass of the wannabe citizens of the Miraculous city, it gets…well, we already know Jarden’s not safe, but then there's Babylon. 

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Damon Lindelof Teases Episode 4: ‘Kevin Gets Rick-Rolled’

We’ve met the Murphy family, seen how the Garvey-Durst clan made it to Miracle and checked in with the happenings of Laurie and Tommy. So what’s up in Episode 4 of The Leftovers second season? Series co-creator Damon Lindelof teases the episode, titled “Orange Sticker,” cryptically by teasing: “Kevin gets rick-rolled.”

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The Cast Breaks Down the Garveys’ Big Move

The Cast Breaks Down the Garveys’ Big Move

The yin to the Season 2 premiere’s yang, the second episode “A Matter of Geography,” documented how the Garvey family went from Mapleton to Miracle. Watching The Leftovers chatted with the show’s cast at the red carpet premiere about the episode’s action, enticing stars Carrie Coon, Justin Theroux and Margaret Qualley weigh in on what’s up with Nora, Kevin, Jill and the Garvey family as a whole.

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First Look: New Details, Seven Photos From Season 2

The Leftovers took a break from filming in Austin, Texas, so that series creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, as well as several cast members, could visit the Television Critics Association's summer convocation in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 30. The television reporters assembled were treated to juicy details about what's to come on the drama. The big news, which the first teaser hinted at, is that Season 2 will shift from Mapleton to a new setting: a small town in eastern Texas with a population of 9261...and zero departures.

The other big takeaway? According to the official description, Season 2 will be "a tale of two families." The Garveys will be joined by a new clan: the Murphys, a family of four who seems to have been spared from the event that shook the rest of the world.   

Check out members of both families in the first seven officially released photos below. 

Check back here on Watching the Leftovers for more coverage of the Television Critics Association panel.

What are you hoping to see in Season 2? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

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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