A Look Back: The Departure & The Guilty Remnant

Season 2 of The Leftovers starts this Sunday, Oct. 4. A variety of trailers (here’s one!) and a Season 1 recap have been released, but looking for a reminder about the Departure in general? Co-creator Damon Lindelof takes you back in the first installment of our The Leftovers: A Look Back video series, focusing specifically on the Departure and the Guilty Remnant.

“Three years before this show started, on Oct. 14, two percent of the world’s population vanished without explanation,” Lindelof reminds in the video. “Everybody on the planet was deeply confused and horrified by this event, particularly if you lost someone in your own family. For three years, the world was trying to kind of understand this thing.”

Lindelof continues his education in the video, which you can watch after the jump.

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Mapleton and the Suburban Strange

Mapleton and the Suburban Strange

In a show with no shortage of compelling characters and metaphysical mysteries, it feels odd to admit that I’ve been thinking about its setting as much as anything else. And yet episode after episode, I’m drawn to that particular intersection of material reality and abstract experience. Yes, I mean Mapleton: The Leftovers’ repository of suburban sameness and hallucinatory dread in equal measure. In this piece, I’d like to explore Mapleton’s role in The Leftovers, and how it continues and enriches a tradition of suburban surreality in the arts.

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3 Wild Reddit Theories About Mapleton's Wild Dogs

3 Wild Reddit Theories About Mapleton's Wild Dogs

As series co-creator Damon Lindelof has admitted, there’s more to the animals of Mapleton than meets the eye. In this week’s "Solace for Tired Feet," the town’s wild dogs once again rear their furry heads. Kevin Jr.'s new "pet" had fans on Reddit buzzing about what the canines mean for the Garveys and Mapletonians at large. 

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