If we could, we’d preface this list of the six best TV opening credits sequences of 2015 with an opening credits sequence of our own. But we’ll leave it to the pros, who, using the right mix of music and imagery, successfully made these intros deliver the mood, tone, and the plot to come. Below, the six sequences that wowed this year — and kept us glued to the screen, no matter their run time.
The Leftovers will offer plenty more opportunities for fans and Justin Theroux to cry when it returns for a third — and final — season.
HBO has announced that the critically acclaimed drama will return after the Dec. 6 conclusion of its second season. The third season will be the show’s last.
Crying is good for you — nay, crying is great for you. No one knows this better than Justin Theroux, who sobbed his pretty little eyes out this season on The Leftovers. Now, Vulture has released a supercut to commemorate all of those glorious times.
The fuse was lit. Evie and her two girlfirends weren’t Departed or missing — they were with Meg and her more virulent strain of the Guilty Remnant. There were missing explosives and visions of a potentially dangerous Airstream trailer positioned on the bridge into Jarden. Meg is a warped zealot, intent to “corrupt [the town’s] exceptional qualities.” Tommy didn’t seem too bothered by his proximity to evil — no girlfriend is perfect, amirite?
“You have to believe we are magicNothin’ can stand in our wayYou have to believe we are magicDon’t let your aim ever strayAnd if all your hopes surviveDestiny will arriveI’ll bring all your dreams aliveFor you.” — “Magic,” Olivia Newton-John in Xanadu
Justin Theroux has a unique gift: When Kevin Garvey is completely clueless about what is real or imagined, the actor can transform his face into one of boyish befuddlement, as if his brain is about 12 seconds slower than his eyes. It’s a look of WTF-edness that pops up in almost every episode of The Leftovers, but in “International Assassin,” he aims it right into the camera as Kevin stares at himself in the hotel bathroom mirror.
It may as well be our faces now. Because The Leftovers just got real.
Ever have one of those mornings when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Or more precisely, you wake up handcuffed to the bed and your lover has left you, taking your baby with her, and the imaginary woman in your head just won’t shut up about it?
“Gonna be a hard day, buddy,” Patti tells Kevin after he reads Nora’s Dear John letter. (“Mary and the baby are with me. Don’t call.”)
People in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks.
That is one of the themes in “Lens,” the first episode since episode 2, “A Matter of Geography,” co-scripted by author Tom Perrotta, who’s clearly invested in Nora’s story in season 2. She’s impulsive, as we know from her spontaneous purchase of the house in Miracle, and she holds a grudge, too. Early one morning, before the neighborhood is awake, she calmly walks next door and chucks a rock through the Murphys’ window. Oh, did we forget that John Murphy banished her brother, Matt, to carny-degenerate tent-city?
One of the best episodes from the first season of The Leftovers was “Two Boats and a Helicopter,” which delved into Matt’s backstory, the accident that cost him his wife Mary’s health, his futile effort to save his Church from foreclosure, and his brutal encounter with a smug thief who tries to steal his casino winnings.
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