Opinion: 7 Intriguing Reveals (and Resulting Mysteries) on The Leftovers

Opinion: 7 Intriguing Reveals (and Resulting Mysteries) on The Leftovers

New Watching The Leftovers contributor Rob Mclean writes his first guest post today, meditating on the show’s most interesting mysteries through episode four, ‘The B.J. and the A.C.’

When 140 million people around the globe – two percent of the world’s population – suddenly disappear off the face of the planet in The Leftovers, not only are the characters left wondering what the heck is going on – we, the viewers, are too.

Questions abound: Was it the Rapture? Maybe aliens? Perhaps some secret, quantum physics, off-book government experiment gone awry?

With the series only four episodes deep, the answer to what happened is still way up in the air. Nonetheless, though, courtesy of the townsfolk of Mapleton, The Leftovers has given viewers some pretty intriguing reveals to help solve the mystery. Here are the seven disclosures I’m finding most intriguing so far. (Fair warning: Spoilers below!)

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Watcher's Digest: The Biggest Questions (and Theories) About the Guilty Remnant

Watcher's Digest: The Biggest Questions (and Theories) About the Guilty Remnant

The all-white clothing. The smoking. The vow of silence...The Guilty Remnant certainly holds to some nonconventional principles. This week, even more eyebrows were raised when the G.R. – including Laurie Garvey and Meg – broke into Mapleton's homes and confiscated family photos they found inside, leaving frames empty. Audiences largely wondered what – and don't let the irony escape you here – the G.R. was trying to say.

WatchingTheLeftovers.com scoured online discussion, pulling together a handful of insights addressing watchers’ biggest questions about the G.R.

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A Living Nativity? 7 Biblical Allegories in 'The B.J. and the A.C.'

A Living Nativity? 7 Biblical Allegories in 'The B.J. and the A.C.'

Contributor John Bucher returns for his second guest post today, digging into how 'The B.J. and the A.C.' could have roots in the Nativity.

The Nativity figured prominently into the storyline of Sunday’s episode of The Leftovers. Here’s where I saw overlap between those figures from the Biblical story and the characters in Mapleton.

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Why Does He Persist? A Dream Analyst Interprets Matt Jamison's Dream

Why Does He Persist? A Dream Analyst Interprets Matt Jamison's Dream

Sunday's episode of The Leftovers, "Two Boats and a Helicopter," includes a dream sequence that touches upon Rev. Matt Jamison's childhood cancer diagnosis, the fire that killed his parents, the Oct. 14 car accident that left his wife in a vegetative state, and his pre-Departure sex life (complete with a surprise cameo from Laurie Garvey). What does it all mean? Dream analyst David Bedrick broke it down for HBO.com.

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10 Ways Rev. Jamison Resembles Job

10 Ways Rev. Jamison Resembles Job

This is the first post authored by a guest on Watching The Leftovers, the beginning of a regular series of contributions from those watching and talking about The Leftovers. Today, writer John Bucher – who regularly blogs about the drama through the lens of religion on his own site – digs into the ways that Rev. Matt Jamison and the Biblical figure Job are similar.

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Watcher's Digest: Who Is Kevin's Mysterious Visitor?

Watcher's Digest: Who Is Kevin's Mysterious Visitor?

It's no wonder that Kevin Garvey's confidence was shaken in "Penguin One, Us Zero" – his late night activities with the "mystery man" were called into question by everyone around him: his therapist Anthony, boss Lucy Warburton, direct report Dennis and even his daughter, Jill. Viewers had their own theories about the lonely dog shooter… none of which bode well for Kevin's mental state.

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Watchers' Digest: Kevin's Bagel...Beyond a Burnt Breakfast?

Watchers' Digest: Kevin's Bagel...Beyond a Burnt Breakfast?

One topic that had tongues wagging during Sunday’s episode of The Leftovers: Kevin Garvey’s disappearing – and reappearing – bagel. Questions abounded: Where did it go? What does it mean? Does it represent something more? The people of the Internet – recappers, Twitter commenters, and the Reddit community – all weighed in about the significance of the bagel.

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'Penguin One, Us Zero' Writer Kath Lingenfelter Answers 7 Burning Questions

Kath Lingenfelter is a busy writer. Not only did she pen Sunday's episode of The Leftovers, "Penguin One, Us Zero," the scribe live-tweeted the hour, offering a bunch of insider tidbits that were both funny and informative.

Below is a round-up of seven answered questions from Lingenfelter's Sunday-evening missives.

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