5 Prodigal Sons in ‘The Prodigal Son Returns’

5 Prodigal Sons in ‘The Prodigal Son Returns’

In the Bible, Luke 15:11-32 tells the story of the prodigal son and his return to his family. The title of the season finale of The Leftovers, “The Prodigal Son Returns,” takes inspiration from this passage. As we’ve seen throughout the series, episode titles potentially contain multiple meanings…or in this case, multiple prodigal sons.

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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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Who Is The Leftovers’ True Prophet?

Who Is The Leftovers’ True Prophet?

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.

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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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'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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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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