The Divine Comedy of Virgil and Kevin

The Divine Comedy of Virgil and Kevin

“You were the lamp that led me from that night/You led me forth to drink Parnassian water/then on the road to God you shed your light.”
—Statius to Virgil, Purgatorio 22.64-65

Written by Dante Aligheri in the 14th Century, The Divine Comedy is an epic poem considered to be one of the most defining pieces of literature about our ideas of hell and the underworld. Drawing heavily from the medieval Christian philosophies and theology of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica, the poem is divided into three sections, which are the three realms of the dead—hell, purgatory, and paradise. In the epic, Dante is guided through the various circles of hell and purgatory before reaching paradise. He has a wise guide throughout the journey. That guide’s name was...Virgil. Of course, it’s no coincidence that this is the name of the man who has offered to guide Kevin into the realms of death to do battle with his “most powerful adversary.” I would suggest that Virgil’s suicide was not a devious act of narcissism but that he killed himself to act as Kevin’s guide to the world that awaited him.

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Noah’s Ark in Miracle?

Noah’s Ark in Miracle?

Season 1 of The Leftovers was filled with animal metaphors and imagery. From dogs to deer, four legged creatures roamed Mapleton and added mystery and intrigue to the story the humans lived out around them. In this week’s episode, Patti Levin certainly had animals on her mind. Out of her mouth we heard “Lucky duck!” and “I was a scaredy cat,” as well as something about “the greatest scapegoat in civilization.” 

Here are some of the other animals we’ve already seen make appearances in Season 2:

Dogs

One of the most jarring images we saw this week was that of a dog dragging its leash behind, the owner nowhere in sight. Patti Levin told a story that featured a similar image. Dogs certainly had a significant role in the first season of The Leftovers. Will they figure in just as importantly this season?

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A Look Back: Jill Garvey's Life

A Look Back: Jill Garvey's Life

While Kevin may be getting “rick-rolled” in Sunday’s episode, the hour also focuses on another fascinating character: Jill Garvey, who’s had something of a transformation this season.

In the latest installment of our The Leftovers: A Look Back series, co-creator Damon Lindelof updates us on Jill’s story from Season 1, all of which informs where the teen is in the story now.

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A Look Back: Tom & Laurie Garvey’s Reunion

We’ve met the Murphys and reunited with Kevin, Jill and Nora—but what about Tom and Laurie? A preview of Sunday's episode teases of what's to come, but what about where they've been?

In the latest installment of our The Leftovers: A Look Back series, co-creator Damon Lindelof refreshes your memory on where we last left the estranged mother and son.

Watch the video below: