“The Garveys at Their Best” opens with a bit of déjà vu, as Kevin is yet again face-to-face with one of the show’s most intriguing characters: a stag. We are unsure if Kevin keeps happening on the same deer resurrecting itself – or if it’s a different deer each time. Either way, there’s much we can speculate about the significance of the deer. There’s been a good deal of discussion about the role of animals in The Leftovers. What is significant and what isn’t has been debated over and again since the pilot episode. As the season has progressed, I’ve noticed a link between the deer and the dogs seen on the show. That link is Saint Hubertus.Read More
“The Garveys at Their Best” rewarded viewers in so many ways that it was easy to lose count: Motivations were revealed. Mysteries were explained. The nature of relationships came to light. While we could examine nearly every significant resident of the Mapleton community, the insight we were given into the Garvey family is perhaps most fascinating.
Below are the 10 things we now know about the Garveys that I found particularly interesting.Read More
Genesis 22 tells the story of God testing Abraham. God’s test consists of Abraham taking his son, Isaac, to Mount Mariah where he is to sacrifice him and then burn his body on an altar. Abraham does as he’s instructed. He makes the journey, lays his son on the altar, and raises a knife to end Isaac’s life. But before he can bring the blade down, an angel grabs Abraham’s hand and stops him from completing the deed. The point of the story is meant to demonstrate Abraham’s commitment to God and his faith.
I saw this scene play out with three different Abrahams and three different commitments in the latest episode of The Leftovers, “Cairo.”Read More
“Solace for Tired Feet” provided several significant clues for the remaining three episodes of The Leftovers this season. While several minor clues were given, perhaps none were as significant as the clues we can find by examining the mysterious May 1972 issue of National Geographic that Kevin Garvey Sr. tells his son is an invitation he needs to accept.Read More
An academic at the DROP conference in “Guest” mentioned the “prophet’s dilemma” – a subtle reminder about the rise of prophets in the post-Departure world. References to prophets, in fact, have popped up regularly on The Leftovers. So, which of the show’s familiar faces has the potential to be a true prophet? We shall see, but a few competitors stand out to me currently.
Here’s who I’ve got on my own personal prophet radar – and why.Read More
A handful of deaths are mentioned in “Gladys.” Amy casually references crucifixion to Kevin and Jill. And to Laurie, Patti tells her: “Doubt is fire. And fire is going to burn you up until you are but ash.”
But neither of these mentions holds a candle to the actual death that Gladys experiences. Gladys’ death seems brutal enough, but a little more examination reveals that the G.R. member actually died in three different, distinct ways – all of which were iconic ways that saints died throughout history. Looking for further evidence of Gladys’ potentially saintly status? See: the moment when Kevin and Rev. Matt go to visit her “tomb” at the morgue…and it’s empty. There’s a famous Biblical story about this, too.
Is someone trying to tell us that Gladys is a saint? Here are the three deaths Gladys experiences and an accompanying saint who suffered the same fate.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
1. Both are tested.
Job was tested by God when Satan told him that if he were to strike everything Job has, he would curse God to his face. Matt Jamison claims that the Sudden Departure was a test for what's to follow.