- Michael Shields
In the third and final installment of a three-part series breaking down the meticulously crafted and thought-provoking HBO series The Leftovers, hosts Chris Thompson and Michael Shields seek to interpret one of the most penetrating television shows of all time. The Leftovers is the supernatural mystery drama created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name. The series begins three years after the “Sudden Departure,” a global event that resulted in 2% of the world’s population disappearing. In Season Three, this unique and powerful story once again pivots, this time to Australia, three years later and fourteen days before the seventh anniversary of The Departure. As the world braces for what many believe to be the end of times, Season Three draws viewers deeper into the physical and emotional struggles of its beloved cast. Despite the deep psychological toll the show takes on its characters, The Leftovers final season nevertheless manages to provide a worthy and heart-wrenching send off for all within its orbit. While thoughtfully breaking down a season that solidified The Leftovers as one of the best dramatic masterpieces ever forged, Chris and Michael also take the time to discuss the unique humor found within the series, its bold yet sublime musical choices, the astounding way in which Lindelof and Co. closed down the series, and much, much more.
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