Is there a reason why the Sudden Departure took place on October 14? The answer is a lot more cut and dried than you might suspect. The Leftovers book author and series co-creator Tom Perrotta reveals that the October 14 date is...simply the day he first picked up his pen to start writing the novel.
"I needed a date for the Sudden Departure and I actually sat down to start writing the book on October 14th," he says. "And so I thought, well, let this be the day."
Whether that date will be imbued with any further significance remains to be seen. Stay tuned.