Twenty episodes down and two seasons later, “The Leftovers” is already approaching its home stretch but viewers would have to wait until 2017 to find out what happens next. Fortunately, co-creator and executive producer of the show Damon Lindelof provided enough tidbits to keep fans satiated until the final chapter of the show breaks cover.
If there is one thing that Lindelof is known for, it is his knack for having plot points that have very subjective meanings. It was very evident in his work with “Lost,” the ending of which still proves to be a conversation starter among enthusiasts. It appears that it will be the same for “The Leftovers” as Lindelof shares that they are not planning to explain what happened with the sudden disappearance of 140 million people.
“We’re never going to tell you what happens to the 2 percent of the population that disappeared,” he said matter-of-factly to Vulture. However, Lindelof’s reasoning behind the narrative decision is by no means just aimed to create discussion over the finale. Instead, he explained that the leaving the unknown is very organic to the overall arc of the show. Furthermore, it also preserves the sense of wonder from fans which lets them have the kind of logic which prompted the occurrence.
“That’s kind of what the show is about. Without really frustrating people or pissing them off, it was sort of like, the one question that people want me to answer, I really can’t answer in a very satisfying way. So it felt like [talking] was sort of a recipe for the usual frustration,” the 43-year-old furthered.
Despite leaving the biggest loose end until the show caps off, Lindelof has a very clear vision of how the show will end. Interestingly, he told Deadline that during their creative process, they worked from the end backwards and into the specifics.
“Well, we started with the very end. We eventually said, what do we want the last scene of the series to be, who’s in that scene and what’s happening in that scene, what do we want that scene to evoke emotionally,” he recalled.
The show, which is based on Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name, has been airing since 2014. While the novel provided a structure for the story, fans can expect that the HBO iteration’s story will have tweaks in order to provide some sort of fresh take on the theme.