This is one of Mimi Leder’s favorite shots. Seriously.
Kevin at the door!
So many tears!
The bird coup
Mimi Leder being a boss
The Final Shot
Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta
Justin Theroux FYC
The First Poster
No matter what happens during awards season, “The Leftovers” will go down in our hearts as one of the greatest shows ever made. (“The Wire” didn’t win any Emmy, after all.) The following gallery represents our favorite moments from the final season — a masterpiece, as you’ve heard us say before and you’ll undoubtedly hear us say again — so come with us on a walk down memory lane. We won’t call it the last, for “The Leftovers” will never really end. It’s an experience that will stay with viewers forever.
Now then, this is Kevin on a horse. He loves his horse. We love him on it. Way to go, Kevin.
Remember: The season opened with this. That’s how the final season began. It’s not a cavewoman’s birth, but it was pretty wild.
Meg’s last goodbye wasn’t Liv Tyler’s. Her return in the penultimate episode was a welcome surprise — just as her quick end was a complicated one.
Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, and everyone else has made it clear how crucial Mimi Leder’s eye, mind, and heart were to making “The Leftovers” what it was in the end: one of TV’s best dramas. Here, she’s telling Justin what to do. He needs to hear it.
How we’ll always remember her.
Who knew Episode 1 would be the last time we saw Jill?
Tommy joined the force with his dad. After a year wandering through the G.R., it’s good to see him with the good guys.
Wu-Tang Band for life
Don’t ask me why, but Matt’s joke combined with Kevin attacking him for it makes me laugh every. single. time. This show is just the best.
Mimi Leder’s first time directing “The Leftovers” came with one of the most haunting (and gruesome) episodes to date: “Gladys” (Season 1, Episode 5). But ever since, she’s worked to lighten up and broaden the series. She was a major part in the new look of Season 2: more scenes outside and more light in general.
She handled Season 3, too, as a producer and director. The shot to the left shows her working with Justin Theroux during Season 3. For more on Leder’s role in the series, read our interview with the talented helmer from Season 2.
OK, this photo of Lindelof with Mimi Leder on the set of Season 3 is basically just an excuse to bring up the karaoke scene from the Season 2 finale. Leder directed, Lindelof wrote it (with co-creator Tom Perrotta), and we’ve got an oral history of its creation right here. Believe me, it’s fascinating.
Would you just look at these two. Clearly they’re wearing those shades to protect themselves from the fire they’re creating. You know, with their hotness. And badass-ery. Hot damn.
Let nothing separate these two fires starters.
Carrie Coon hulking out!
Scott Glenn — the best.
Oh, man. Those shoes!
They don’t seem too happy.
He’s in a hotel!
These two killed it in the hotel while killing their relationship. Good thing Kevin knows how to bring things back from the dead.
Kevin the tourist.
In a season filled with fantastic episode endings, this might be the most powerful (aside from the finale).
The shot. This is the shot.
Getting the band back together.
Perhaps the healthiest “Leftovers” character from start to finish — way to go, Michael.
About as relaxing as his trip to the hotel.
A.k.a. the return of Ann Dowd!
We feel you, guys.
Look at that beard. We just can’t get over it. It’s a good look!
And honestly, it was one of ours, too. It conveys quite a bit about Nora in a brief time: She’s alone, a bit down, and living simply.
There’s also a pretty sick video version of this on Justin Theroux’s Instagram account. I believe the kids these days are calling it a “motion poster.” Either way, enjoy.