Damon Lindelof Teases Episode 9 As The One ‘In Which We Do What We Said We Weren’t Gonna’

As the latest Leftovers teaser tells us, there are “only 2 episodes left” this season. But so much more is teased in that video: Kevin seems to be missing and John is looking for him; Meg returns...possibly with a big plan; and we’re ominously told: “Not every miracle…is a blessing.”

To that mix of teases for this Sunday’s installment “Ten Thirteen," we’d add that co-creator Damon Lindelof exclusive told Watching the Leftovers that this episode is the one “in which we do what we said we weren’t gonna.”

What’s he mean? With Lindelof, we’re never really too sure, but see if you can make heads or tails of his cryptic words while watching the latest tease (yet) again:

Tom Perrotta Teases Episode 7: ‘We Jump the Shark’

We’ve been rolling out episodic teases from co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta here on Watching The Leftovers each week, but this week’s tee-up of episode 7, titled “A Most Powerful Adversary,” may be the juiciest one yet: Perrotta ominously says that this episode is “the one where we jump the shark.”

What now? Who knows...that’s why it’s a tease. Below, explore the “A Most Powerful Adversary” preview—which focuses on Kevin and his continuing break with reality—to see if you can figure out how The Leftovers, according to Perrotta, is going to “jump the shark.”


The Year of the Goat

“Jerry, no, you gotta get it outta here.”           

In the latest episode of The Leftovers, “Lens,” as Jerry whipped out his handy plastic sheet, nearly everyone’s reaction in Miracle’s populace, whether verbally or facially, was resoundingly: “Let him do it!” But then, finally, Erica let her pot boil over in epic fashion and helped to answer the question: What’s up with the goats? Watch the scene play out again after the jump.

While the goat slaughter in “Axis Mundi” was big, there are slight, seemingly insignificant goat moments in every episode but the Laurie-Tom episode, “Off Ramp.” We’ve all seen Jerry parading a goat around town on a rope. We’ve seen Jerry and a goat in front of the liquor store, walking by the grocery store, crossing in front of the scientist as he drives his rented golf cart. Personally, I’ve been watching for the goat as if it’s a game of Where’s Waldo?

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Noah’s Ark in Miracle?

Noah’s Ark in Miracle?

Season 1 of The Leftovers was filled with animal metaphors and imagery. From dogs to deer, four legged creatures roamed Mapleton and added mystery and intrigue to the story the humans lived out around them. In this week’s episode, Patti Levin certainly had animals on her mind. Out of her mouth we heard “Lucky duck!” and “I was a scaredy cat,” as well as something about “the greatest scapegoat in civilization.” 

Here are some of the other animals we’ve already seen make appearances in Season 2:

Dogs

One of the most jarring images we saw this week was that of a dog dragging its leash behind, the owner nowhere in sight. Patti Levin told a story that featured a similar image. Dogs certainly had a significant role in the first season of The Leftovers. Will they figure in just as importantly this season?

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Boom! The Visual and Lyrical Poetry of the New Season 2 Opening Credits

As the new opening credits rolled during The Leftovers Season 2 premiere, did you do a double-check to make sure you were actually watching The Leftovers? And then check the dial yet again after the first two minutes of the episode as a gestational cavewoman meandered on the screen? 

Then… You. Are. Not. Alone. The ironic music + montage of cryptic snapshots = what the hell???

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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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The Cast Weighs In: Who Are the Murphys?

The Cast Weighs In: Who Are the Murphys?

On Saturday, Oct. 3, the cast and creators of The Leftovers stepped out of Miracle and into Austin’s historic Paramount Theater for the red carpet premiere celebrating Season 2. Watching The Leftovers was on the scene and got the breakdown about one of the episode’s biggest question: Who are the Murphys?

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Is Nora Okay? And 6 More Character-Focused Questions Before Season 2

Is Nora Okay? And 6 More Character-Focused Questions Before Season 2

After the finale of the first season of The Leftovers, you probably had to catch your breath. The Guilty Remnant’s grand gesture went beyond the scope of their previous hijinks to an inhuman level of cruelty. Kevin’s last-second rescue of Jill was in no way a sure thing. Tom’s abandonment of Wayne’s baby and her subsequent discovery by an escaping Nora gave viewers, at long last, something positive to carry them into the hiatus with some hope for the future.

Fast-forward to now. The second season is about to start and we’ve seen a teaser and two trailers. Last season left me wondering: How will our characters carry on? We’ve been given fleeting glimpses, but below I’m sharing some questions I’m looking forward to having answered about six of the main characters this coming season. For fun, I’ll even make wild, unsubstantiated guesses about what may come, based purely on the three minutes or so of footage I’ve seen thanks to the trailers. Remember, these are just guesses.

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