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 f— 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.