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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Tom Perrotta Teases Episode 8: ‘Business Traveler’

The next episode of The Leftovers, titled “International Assassin,” is cloaked in mystery...but Watching the Leftovers has a tiny tidbit to whet your appetite in advance: Co-creator Tom Perrotta teases the hour with the words “business traveler.”

Who’s that business traveler? What do they have to do with the upcoming episode? We’re not entirely sure, but watch the new “In the Week Ahead” trailer for The Leftovers to see what you can glean.

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.”


Tom Perrotta Teases Episode 6: ‘Glass Houses’

After last week’s episode focused on Rev. Matt Jamison, this Sunday’s episode of The Leftovers, airing at 9 pm, puts the spotlight on his sister, Nora Durst, and is titled “Lens.” But what else do we know about what’s to come at this point? Not that much. But The Leftovers book author and co-creator Tom Perrotta teases the coming hour to Watching the Leftovers by simply saying: “Glass houses.”

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Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette…

Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette…

The Leftovers is leaving many viewers with more questions than answers. Last Sunday’s episode, “The Garveys at Their Best,” certainly offered some solace for the bewildered by using flashbacks to Oct. 13 and the morning of Oct. 14 three years ago, just before the Departure. But the question of why the Guilty Remnant are incessantly puffing on cigarettes remains an enigma that’s tough to unravel.

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How Damon Lindelof and Title Designer Garson Yu Crafted an 'Intimate Epic' for The Leftovers' Opening

How Damon Lindelof and Title Designer Garson Yu Crafted an 'Intimate Epic' for The Leftovers' Opening

In the beginning, series creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta needed a title sequence, and they said, let it be inspired by Renaissance art. He and designer Garson Yu of yU+co (Silicon Valley, Life of Pi and Epic) discuss how they made it happen.

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Twisted Times? The Leftovers Twist on Spin the Bottle

Twisted Times? The Leftovers Twist on Spin the Bottle

The premiere episode of The Leftovers showcases the many ways the younger generation struggles in a post-Departure world. The focus is deliberate: "It’s interesting to look at the youth culture in the wake of an event like this," series co-creator Damon Lindelof tells HBO.com. "We’re inclined to think that the younger that you are, the more adaptable you are in terms of accepting, 'This is my world now.' But there is this magnification that occurs in a world that feels like it’s spinning out of control."

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