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Kevin Carroll (‘The Leftovers’): ‘It feels like it’s way too early to end this journey’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO] Jun 1st 2017, 21:00, by Daniel Montgomery
“It feels like it’s way too early to end this journey,” laments Kevin Carroll about the difficulty of saying goodbye to HBO’s dark drama series “The Leftovers.” It’s currently airing the third and final season. “In a lot of ways I feel like we’re in a place now where we’re really ready to jump as a company of actors, and the writers are just as solid as you could ask for, so it was a hard pill to swallow knowing that we were heading towards the end.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Carroll above.
Carroll joined the cast in season two as John Murphy, a prominent member of the community of Jarden, Texas. The town was mythologized because none of its residents disappeared during the Sudden Departure, the moment when two-percent of the world’s population vanished. John violently lashed out against those who believed in the town’s mystical power, but the event of season two changed him — including a couple of deaths and resurrections of Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux). Season three picked up three years later, and John now seems to be a true believer.
And that greater sense of spirituality was felt during the production, which moved to Australia for a large portion of season three. “We were fortunate in that we shot in and around really sacred places and around tribal energy. Still to this day it’s some of the oldest history that you could find in terms of tradition,” says Carroll. “There’s something about knowing that information and working in that space that made the experience transcendent in a way.”
But it’s still difficult for Carroll the actor to let go of John the character. “I don’t think he’s finished that journey,” Carroll explains. “Given that, I wasn’t ready for the show to end, and it’s difficult to come to terms with, but that’s the thing about all great shows — and all shows that are not so great — is that they all come to an end at some point, so as an actor you learn to live with that notion.”
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