Tom Perrotta on ‘The Leftovers,’ religion, and that dick scanner

Episode #95 of ‘Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky’


Tom Perrotta on ‘The Leftovers,’ religion, and that dick scanner

Episode #95 of ‘Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky’

Tom Perrotta on ‘The Leftovers,’ religion, and that dick scanner

Episode #95 of ‘Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky’

This week on Tomorrow, Josh sits down with Tom Perrotta, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, author, and co-creator of HBO's The Leftovers, a show about a world in which 2 percent of Earth’s population suddenly and mysteriously vanishes. The series was lauded by critics, and recently came to an end after three seasons.

Perrotta reflects on the series as a whole, the process of drawing it to a close, and what it is ultimately about.

“Our world is unjust and all sorts of ways,” he says. “Some people have decided that they find meaning in life and fighting that injustice. Other people are just trying to feed their families and get through the day. And still other people are following these dreams for personal fulfillment. You know, we don't all agree even about the nature of the reality that we're living in, but we're all trying to find a narrative that allows us to live within it.”

If you've never seen the show: fairly vague spoilers lie ahead in this episode.

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