A Meditation on the Guilty Remnant as a Metaphor of the Dispossessed

A Meditation on the Guilty Remnant as a Metaphor of the Dispossessed

The Guilty Remnant embodies the nihilistic spirit in myriad ways – from replacing the air they breathe with the smoke of one of modernity’s most insidiously manipulated products to wearing a uniform of all white. The G.R. are the most puzzling religious upstarts in a world mired in disillusionment, the breakdown of the symbolic order, and the lurking horrors of a society trying to maintain homeostasis in the wake of the Rapture and the rise of tyranny. The federal government, represented here by the AFTEC, has begun to make the turn toward the murderous. Rev. Matt, in my opinion an anti-Job who resists the will of God instead of absorbing it, grows increasingly menacing and potentially despotic. Chief Garvey, the everyman and arch-hero for a jaded, confused, cynical and existential age, desperately clings to a normative home in which to raise his daughter and one he might be able to offer to his wayward son (clearly pulled into the orbit of a megalomaniacal cult-leader). 

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Whodunit? A Round-Up of 5 'Gladys' Suspects

Whodunit? A Round-Up of 5 'Gladys' Suspects

1. THE GUILTY REMNANT DID IT! In the middle of a town hall meeting, Dean suggests that perhaps the G.R. was responsible for Gladys’s death. It seems a little self-serving...until we begin to consider other factors. The opening of the episode shows Gladys sitting in the office of the G.R. Tears are in her eyes. Since we are unsure of the timeline of some events in the episode, this could be a scene that is later referenced – when Gladys found out her son had been killed. However, it’s also possible that Gladys had just been told of her fate by G.R. leadership. Could she have been martyred for their cause?

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Bustle's Jefferson Grubbs: 5 Coming Intrigues in the Weeks Ahead Trailer

Bustle's Jefferson Grubbs: 5 Coming Intrigues in the Weeks Ahead Trailer

HBO recently released a trailer that teases the upcoming episodes of The Leftovers. The piece reaches far into future episodes of the series and flashes several highly charged scenes, featuring characters from Kevin and Laurie to Meg and Holy Wayne.

Below, you can enjoy the trailer. But first, read the interview with Bustle writer Jefferson Grubbs, who gives a five-point commentary about what he deems to be the most exciting and intriguing parts of the video. Grubbs has been writing about the series from the start, penning probing pieces on everything from how the series has departed from the book to healthy speculation about the Guilty Remnant (and much more).

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7 Intriguing Reveals (and Resulting Mysteries) on The Leftovers

7 Intriguing Reveals (and Resulting Mysteries) on The Leftovers

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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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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Making The Leftovers: 8 Essential Takeaways

Making The Leftovers: 8 Essential Takeaways

Because a post-Departure world is an understandably complex place, HBO recently premiered a one-time special, Making The Leftovers, that details the creation of the drama series. The special is packed with facts; here are the eight most revealing.

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Fight or Flight? The Leftovers Cast Weighs In

Fight or Flight? The Leftovers Cast Weighs In

The Leftovers takes place three years after the Sudden Departure, a global event wherein two percent of the world's population disappears sans explanation. Before Monday evening’s New York City premiere at the Skirball Center, the series' cast and creators offered insight into the show's post-departure reality.

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