The Leftovers: Inside TV’s best soundtrack

June 2, 2017

Ahead of the HBO drama’s series finale, music supervisor Liza Richardson looks back on the show’s remarkable use of music.

There’s much to love about The Leftovers. The acting. The direction. The catharsis it provides. However, one of the big things that stands out on the HBO drama, which ends Sunday, is its amazing soundtrack.

In one episode, the show could use three different versions of A-Ha’s “Take On Me” and in another, you could hear excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Nabucco. There’s an air of unpredictability to the music, which feels very apropos for Damon Lindelof’s unpredictable drama.

One of the main people responsible for the show’s fantastic use of music is music supervisor Liza Richardson. In her role, Richardson pitches potential songs for episodes, navigates the world of music licensing (which, given the song, can be rather complex), and, to borrow her words, “makes sure that Damon gets what he wants.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly