A Look Back: The Departure & The Guilty Remnant

Season 2 of The Leftovers starts this Sunday, Oct. 4. A variety of trailers (here’s one!) and a Season 1 recap have been released, but looking for a reminder about the Departure in general? Co-creator Damon Lindelof takes you back in the first installment of our The Leftovers: A Look Back video series, focusing specifically on the Departure and the Guilty Remnant.

“Three years before this show started, on Oct. 14, two percent of the world’s population vanished without explanation,” Lindelof reminds in the video. “Everybody on the planet was deeply confused and horrified by this event, particularly if you lost someone in your own family. For three years, the world was trying to kind of understand this thing.”

Lindelof continues his education in the video, which you can watch after the jump.

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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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9 Excellent Reasons to Binge The Leftovers' 9 Episodes Before the Finale

9 Excellent Reasons to Binge The Leftovers' 9 Episodes Before the Finale

It’s time to binge on some Leftovers: On Sunday, Aug. 30, starting at noon, HBO2 will air the first nine episodes the series’ inaugural season back-to-back so that fans can re-watch or new folks can catch-up in advance of the drama’s Sept. 7 season finale. (Of course, you can binge anytime on HBO GO.)

To tee you up before the coming marathon, I assembled nine great reasons (warning: some are a tad cheeky) anyone – everyone! – should go back and watch The Leftovers’ first nine episodes again…or to binge watch and catch up on the show that’s gotten everyone else talking.

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The Guilty Remnant: Suicide Cult or Redeeming Martyrs?

The Guilty Remnant: Suicide Cult or Redeeming Martyrs?

From what we have seen so far of the Guilty Remnant, their motives aren't too clear. To start with, the only thing we know is that they antagonize people and don't speak. If you don't look too closely at what they do, you might be led to believe that they were just another cult, doing strange things like stealing photos or ruining memorial celebrations. At first blush, they could be mistaken for just another hate cult, but I don't think that's the case. Warning: Spoilers below.

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Is Holy Wayne a Scammer or Savior?

Is Holy Wayne a Scammer or Savior?

The climax of Sunday's episode of The Leftovers, "Guest," involved an emotional moment – and potentially magical hug – between Nora Durst and Holy Wayne. Writer Kath Lingenfelter admits that "the way that Nora associates with people has changed," but does that mean that Wayne has a supernatural touch? Watchers debate the merits of Wayne's enterprise.

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Writer Kath Lingenfelter Explains 6 Big Ideas From 'Guest'

Writer Kath Lingenfelter Explains 6 Big Ideas From 'Guest'

Sunday's episode of The Leftovers pulls back the curtain on one of Mapleton's most grief-stricken residents, Nora Durst. Supervising producer Kath Lingenfelter, who penned the hour, spoke to WatchingTheLeftovers.com about the origin of some of the episode's most provocative elements. 

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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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