Damon Lindelof interview

(This is the first half of a two-part interview. The second half will run later this week.)

The Leftovers entered its third and final season this week. The first hour was what we’ve come to expect from showrunner Damon Lindelof‘s ambitious HBO drama – the start of another ominous, darkly funny, and emotional journey for the struggling family at the heart of the Tom Perrotta adaptation. Kevin Garvey Jr. (Justin Theroux) and co. remain at the forefront of this story, not the mystery (as intriguing as it is).

There are a few questions raised at the start of season 3, but the characters continue to drive Damon Lindelof and Perrotta’s story. The new season is set three years after the events of season two, and some of them have changed and grown, but others still find themselves lost in this fish-out-of-water chapter of The Leftovers.

I was recently able to speak with Lindelof about the series and while we didn’t get into too many plot specifics, we did talk about the structure of season 3, shows that inspire the series (like Rick and Morty), and the side effects of binge-watching.

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Damon Lindelof directing

Over the years, some notable television showrunners have taken to directing. Ryan Murphy, Noah Hawley, and Matthew Weiner have directed episodes of their shows, just to name a few examples. Sometimes these transitions from writing to directing yield great results. Hawley recently directed the thrilling and imaginative Legion pilot, while back in 2012 David Chase (The Sopranos) gifted us with his feature directorial debut, Not Fade Away.

Damon Lindelof is one well-known showrunner who’s yet to direct. In all of his years on Lost and The Leftovers, which begin its third and final season April 16, he didn’t get behind the camera once. We recently asked him why.

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Lost original ending

LOST has always been an exercise in “what could have been” — both in the story of the hit ABC show itself, and in the fans’ ultimate reaction to the show’s legacy. What could have been if the show had answered all our questions, if every bit of foreshadowing and world-building had paid off? If the ending was different?

Perhaps, as a show that attempted to tell a metaphysical story through a science-fiction lens, LOST would never have fully satisfied anyone — but it could have at least ended with a bang. At least, that was the original intention from showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, who planned for an explosive finale involving a battle for the fate of the world on top of a volcano. But alas, it was not meant to be.

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Leftovers post photo

The Leftovers third season is a continuation of everything the second season got right. Co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perotta once again take their drama into new, unexpected, and even stranger territory. Right from the very start of the final season, it feels like anything goes. There’s a great, almost free-wheeling sensibility to this season, despite how dense and full each episode is. Here’s a final season that doesn’t waste any time.

It won’t end with any “to be continued” silliness either, at least according to Lindelof. Below, read what he had to say about The Leftovers series finale.

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why tv binge-watching is bad

We may be in the age of Peak TV, but The Leftovers showrunner Damon Lindelof says that’s no reason to engage in bad TV-watching habits.

In a tongue-in-cheek letter accompanying preview episodes of HBO’s apocalyptic drama series provided to critics, Lindelof shared his opinion about the rapidly-changing TV business model, and how streaming has negatively affected the viewing experience. You can read the whole thing below.

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The Leftovers Season 3 Trailer

A great flood is approaching. The end may be near. Cue Abba’s “SOS,” and then witness Agnetha Fältskog’s beautiful voice singing over all sorts of chaos in a trailer fitting for the final season of The Leftovers. All the dark laughs and trials and tribulations aren’t over yet for the characters on Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta‘s HBO drama. Based on the new trailer for the third and final season, which contains some huge hints for what’s to come, Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) and the world’s terrible predicament has never looked funnier or worse.

Below, watch The Leftovers season 3 trailer.

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The Leftovers Season 3 Premiere Date

Yesterday, Game of Thrones revealed the premiere date of their next season in quite the ridiculous way, even for the internet. They set up a huge block of ice and were slowly melting it away with giant flames, but it didn’t quite go off as planned. The live stream showing the block of ice stopped abruptly and fans had to find out the premiere date from a teaser video that arrived shortly thereafter.

Meanwhile, one of HBO’s other returning shows didn’t have quite the same budget to create such pomp and circumstance. The Leftovers is returning for its final season this year, and while we already knew that the series was coming back in April, executive producer and writer Damon Lindelof wanted to do something special in honor of Game of Thrones‘ big announcement.

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the leftovers season 3 promo

A family trip to Australia sounds great to most people. Now, visiting Australia with the Garvey family on HBO’s The Leftovers? That sounds more like an emotional roller coaster, one we can’t wait to get on when the drama returns for its third and final season this April. We now have our first look at the Garvey family and others — shockingly — not looking too happy in the first preview for season three.

Below, watch The Leftovers season 3 promo.

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the leftovers final season photo

The co-creators of The LeftoversDamon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, recently announced the third and final season of their drama premieres next April. Season two brought the Garvey family to Texas, but some of them are picking up and moving again this upcoming season. Most of season three takes place in Australia, where Kevin Gary Jr. (Justin Theroux) goes to see his father (Scott Glenn) and to experience more of the unexplainable, probably.

Below, read what Lindelof had to say about the final season and check out the entire The Leftovers final season photo.

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The Leftovers renewed

The third and final season of The Leftovers is only four months away. While season one of co-creator Damon Lindelof‘s drama polarized viewers, season two received much more acclaim, and rightfully so. The second chapter of the Tom Perrota adaptation took the series to trippier, funnier, and more dramatic places. Season two concluded on an incredibly cathartic note, but there’s more than likely plenty of struggles left ahead for the Garveys and the Murphys.

Below, learn more The Leftovers season three.

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