The Secrets Garden: Axis Mundi

The Secrets Garden: Axis Mundi

Watching the Season 2 premiere, I see again a major theme returning from Season 1: secrets, secret-keeping and truth-telling.

Police Chief Kevin Garvey and his family spend Season 1 navigating the post-Sudden Departure world. Those “leftover” in idyllic Mapleton must decide whether to face what they are keeping secret from each other and themselves: their losses, their mistakes, their hidden guilt. Kevin is burdened with what he cannot admit or accept about his marriage and children, his fears and his spiraling violence. But we’ve seen in The Leftovers world that what is denied will return; what is buried will be unearthed.

In the Season 2 premiere, we travel to Jarden, Texas, a new Eden—jardin is Spanish for “garden”—in Miracle National Park. No one was taken from here Oct. 14, and now it’s a holy place to which pilgrims travel from around the world, looking for hope and safety.

The episode is titled “Axis Mundi.” By definition, an Axis Mundi is a world-center, where people go to encounter the gods, hear from oracles and find healing and transcendence. But there is spiritual gravity in such place: The Buddha’s Bodhi Tree, the Navajo Canyon de Chelly, Mount Sinai, Jesus’ dying hill in Jerusalem are “thin spaces,” to use the Celtic term, and the energy in thin spaces both energizes the soul and strips away attachment and illusion. Flawed human beings can’t stay in Eden. The earth under Jarden is quaking, as it did with the Adam-less Eve in the episode’s prologue. And things are already disappearing: children—and swimming holes.

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8 Connections to Moses in ‘Axis Mundi’

8 Connections to Moses in ‘Axis Mundi’

In the Season 2 premiere, Erika Murphy tells a humorous story about catching her children, Michael and Evie, flooding the bathroom as kids. She said that when she found them, Evie’s arms were outstretched like Moses. That struck me because, if you look closely, there are several connections to the Biblical figure of Moses in the episode. Here are a handful of examples worth mentioning.

1. The Baby’s Rescue

In Exodus 2:5-6, we learn that Moses is rescued, to be raised by another woman after being sent down the river in a basket. This closely resembles the image of the child in the cavewoman sequence being rescued, to be raised by another woman.

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Three Theories About the 9,261 Spared in Jarden, Texas

Three Theories About the 9,261 Spared in Jarden, Texas

Jaren, Texas, is certainly interesting for many reasons, but mostly because of the 9,261 who were spared from the Sudden Departure. Could there be significance in that total number? I thought possibly so I did a little (kinda crazy) math. Here are three theories I landed on about the number 9,261.

9+2+6+1

The sum is 18, and 18 is the numerical value of the Hebrew word for “life” (chai). It is customary in certain Jewish circles to give gifts and donations in multiples of 18 as a blessing for long life. In ancient Rome, the number could symbolize a blood relative. The number has significance outside of Abrahamic traditions as well. In Hinduism, there are 18 chapters in the Bhagavad Gita, which is contained in the Mahabharata, which has 18 books. The Mahabharata tells the story of the Kurukshetra War, a battle between 18 armies. The war itself lasts for 18 days. Could the number mean the town is a source for life, as Judaism would suggest, or for battle as Hinduism might suggest?

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Damon Lindelof Explains the Perfect Strangers Storyline in The Leftovers

When The Leftovers co-creator Damon Lindelof chatted with us last week, we held back one juicy piece from the interview to publish post-premiere: Lindelof’s response about the show’s running gag about all the actors from Perfect Strangers going missing. 

In Sunday’s premiere, it was revealed that star Mark Linn-Baker faked his departure. But why though? So we asked Lindelof: What's the deal with the Perfect Strangers thing? 

Lindelof explains after the jump.

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