In a show with no shortage of compelling characters and metaphysical mysteries, it feels odd to admit that I’ve been thinking about its setting as much as anything else. And yet episode after episode, I’m drawn to that particular intersection of material reality and abstract experience. Yes, I mean Mapleton: The Leftovers’ repository of suburban sameness and hallucinatory dread in equal measure. In this piece, I’d like to explore Mapleton’s role in The Leftovers, and how it continues and enriches a tradition of suburban surreality in the arts.Read More
The season began with a mystery that demanded an explanation which we never got and likely never will. The set design, writing, dialogue and performances were compelling, richly delivered, and seemed to somehow make sense to us in spite of the lack of a definitive starting point.Read More
For weeks, viewers have been speculating about Dean – the bald, truck gifting, dog hunter who Kevin Garvey, Jr. can't seem to avoid. Following "Cairo," the debate heated up: Dean's actions left viewers as puzzled as Kevin was after he woke up in the woods.
Redditors were all over the subject, naturally. Below is a breakdown of the top theories concerning Dean's motives.Read More
As we saw in "Cairo," Kevin has gotten himself into the middle of a serious morality crisis. Heck, it could even be existential, given the circumstances of Grandpa Garvey coming to recruit him into some heavenly cause. But, given that he’s dealing with Patti now, after all, there was something amiss. Did you feel it, too? The slight uncertainty that…not all is as it seems? Of course you did. This is The Leftovers we're talking about. And it all falls on the Guilty Remnant, a group that, as we've seen, will do anything to keep their plans running smoothly.Read More
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.Read More
A veteran of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, director Michelle MacLaren is no stranger to suspense. Most recently, MacLaren brought her expertise to "Cairo," an episode of The Leftovers she calls "a big turning point and a challenging dramatic piece." The acclaimed director connected with WatchingTheLeftovers.com to discuss her take on the hour's main characters, and how she integrated her interpretation into the episode's aesthetic.
MacLaren goes into greater detail about six notable shots from "Cairo."Read More
Genesis 22 tells the story of God testing Abraham. God’s test consists of Abraham taking his son, Isaac, to Mount Mariah where he is to sacrifice him and then burn his body on an altar. Abraham does as he’s instructed. He makes the journey, lays his son on the altar, and raises a knife to end Isaac’s life. But before he can bring the blade down, an angel grabs Abraham’s hand and stops him from completing the deed. The point of the story is meant to demonstrate Abraham’s commitment to God and his faith.
I saw this scene play out with three different Abrahams and three different commitments in the latest episode of The Leftovers, “Cairo.”Read More
Ready to go to "Cairo"? The Leftovers' eighth episode airs this Sunday, but what's it about? You'll have to wait until Sunday at 10 pm ET, but to tide you over, here are five things worth knowing about the coming hour.Read More
“Solace for Tired Feet” provided several significant clues for the remaining three episodes of The Leftovers this season. While several minor clues were given, perhaps none were as significant as the clues we can find by examining the mysterious May 1972 issue of National Geographic that Kevin Garvey Sr. tells his son is an invitation he needs to accept.Read More