Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette…

Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette…

The Leftovers is leaving many viewers with more questions than answers. Last Sunday’s episode, “The Garveys at Their Best,” certainly offered some solace for the bewildered by using flashbacks to Oct. 13 and the morning of Oct. 14 three years ago, just before the Departure. But the question of why the Guilty Remnant are incessantly puffing on cigarettes remains an enigma that’s tough to unravel.

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3 Biblical Prophetic Warnings in ‘Guest’

3 Biblical Prophetic Warnings in ‘Guest’

I’ve already offered some theories about who could be The Leftovers’ true prophet. But what other biblical, prophetic clues were in “Guest”? Here are three big prophetic references I noticed – with a little guessing about what they could mean.

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Of Wolves and Charlatans: The Lurking Savagery of the Post-Departure World

Of Wolves and Charlatans: The Lurking Savagery of the Post-Departure World

The increasing futility and potential danger of clutching to pre-Departure symbols and institutions seems to be at the heart of The Leftovers, leaving each character in the position of establishing a new identity atop a barely concealed set of volatile, more primitive emotions. In Episode 1, Chief Garvey storms out of a pre-parade city council meeting with the warning that “Everyone’s ready to f**kin’ explode.” In Episode 2, the police department-mandated psychiatrist Kevin is ordered to see explains the presence of a blow-up penguin sitting in his office. The psychiatrist offers that, in his dealings with children, they often need an outlet toward which to redirect their aggression, so they attack the penguin. The penguin exists solely as the recipient of abuse, and the necessity of its presence suggests a lingering psychological problem in the patient – a benchmark for how much aggression still remains. The title, “Penguin one, Us Zero” suggests that the community is beginning to redirect its aggression toward the mysterious and ephemeral nature of the rapture at objects of convenience who do not fight back and who exist to be hurt. The community’s lack of acceptance for the mysteries of their universe and the rise of their latent aggression is evident in the character of Matt.

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Saint Gladys? A Theory About the G.R. Member’s Three Very Different, Very Saintly Deaths

Saint Gladys? A Theory About the G.R. Member’s Three Very Different, Very Saintly Deaths

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.

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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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Amy Brenneman Explains the Guilty Remnant: ‘There’s No One United Belief System’

Amy Brenneman Explains the Guilty Remnant: ‘There’s No One United Belief System’

One of the biggest questions viewers of The Leftovers have is: What does the Guilty Remnant stand for? This blog recently rounded up questions about the mysterious group and crowd-sourced speculative answers from fans around the internet. But in an interview WatchingTheLeftovers.com recently did with Amy Brenneman – you can read the full Q&A on Sunday after episode five titled “Gladys” – the actress took a moment to help viewers explain the G.R. a little bit more.

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