chalkitdown wrote:I've been re-watching this with my wife and it's amazing how much of this Australia stuff is foreshadowed back in season 1. Even the condition with Matt in this week's episode is alluded to in the flashback episode of season 1. The actor guy who was in 302 is shown on TV in a late season 1 episode, as well.
This has all been planned out very carefully.
The actor was in Season 1 where it was stated he had departed, then he was on a TV in Season 2 where it was revealed he had faked the departure.
I'm not sure it's planned out *that* carefully as the decision to have the actor return and be the one who delivered that monologue to Nora was only taken when breaking Season 3 (http://ew.com/tv/2017/04/24/the-leftovers-perfect-strangers/).
There were two really excellent pieces in the wake of the latest episode btw:
- A conversation between Lindelof and Matt Zoller Seitz (who partially inspired the episode) http://www.vulture.com/2017/05/leftovers-episode-inspired-by-matt-zoller-seitz.html
- A short GQ piece about how the episode came together http://www.gq.com/story/how-the-leftovers-pulled-off-its-best-episode-ever