‘The Leftovers’ Showrunner Damon Lindelof On Why The Series Ends In Australia And Will The World End In Series Finale?

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The third and final season of  “The Leftovers” aired last night on HBO. The show’s co-creator, Damon Lindelof (“Lost”), stars Justin Theroux and Christopher Ecclestone and composer Max Richter are all celebrating the ending. leftovers-17
Lindelof told Variety, “If “The Leftovers” had been in competition in Paris, Connie Coon, playing Nora – who lost her husband and two children in Season 1’s Departure, which saw 2% of the earth’s population inexplicably disappear – would surely be in the running for best actress. Here, she plays a woman of fierce intelligence still trying to find a way out of her grief, battling back skepticism at a tech-fangled scheme proposed to her in a hotel in St. Louis which might just allow her to see her departed family again.”
Lindelof, talking at his masterclass in Paris (and instancing his remarkable ability to reel of five reasons of varying seriousness for one fact, or that he’s already been asked this question a lot of times): a) “My first exposure to Australian cinema was really ‘Mad Max’ and it’s post-Apocalyptic; b) a couple of Peter Weir films – ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ and ‘The Last Wave’ – really inspired the storytelling on ‘The Leftovers’; c) if the show is about moving away from something and towards something else, Australia was the furthest you could possibly get away from New York, which is where the show started; d) Australia is referred to as ‘Down Under,’ although if you are in Australia you’re not ‘Down Under,’ but it felt like you were talking about the underworld, and I’ve always been fascinated by Dante and that sort of thing; e) the real answer: I’ve never been to Australia and I wanted to get HBO to pay.”
It’s one thing for Season 3 to be about the end of the world, another for the world to end in it. Lindelof was skillfully ambivalent about this when presenting the show on Thursday. “For thousands of years every generation alive has the narcissism to believe that the world is going to end while they’re alive. Our show is populated by incredible narcissists, including myself,” he joked, adding: “We thought it was only fitting to end the world on the show.”
“The Leftovers” airs Sunday nights at 9PM only on HBO.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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