Justin Theroux knows the fans of his new HBO show, The Leftovers, have major questions about what is happening. Don’t worry, he was in the same position when he started the series.
He talked to Vulture about the confusing nature of the storyline and how he chose to deal with it.
Theroux explained, “I was getting scripts one at a time and at the beginning of the season [showrunner] Damon [Lindelof] asked me, ‘Do you want to know the super-arc of your character?’ You know, there’s the arc of each episode and then there’s the super-arc of the season. And I think smartly, I said, ‘No, I’d probably rather find out in real time, in my own way.’ That paid dividends in that, as we filmed it, I was able to watch the show [unfold] in sort of the same way everyone else is now watching it.”
As the town’s police chief, Kevin Garvey is dealing with some heavy moments in his life including a divorce, his uncontrollable children and that pesky cult, the Guilty Remnant. His character’s confusion was the perfect way for the 43-year-old star to dive into the show’s scripts.
“You know, I dedicated a lot [of energy] during the pilot asking, like, ‘What the fuck happened?’ Like we all do. But then, as the scripts started rolling in, I stopped. I really did in a genuine way. I’m not saying this as a misdirect, you know, [to be] like, ‘Please stop asking where the 2 percent went!’ I really did stop caring about it in a genuine way as I got to know the members of the Guilty Remnant more and my own family more. And I don’t think that question will ever be answered,” he said.
It sounds like Theroux is asking The Leftovers fans to be patient, the payoff is coming.