It's all in the eyes of the beholder." He fesses up—he’s spent two weeks of every year searching for Nora in Australia, refusing to believe that she’s gone. We want the audience to be thinking and feeling and wrestling with all of those questions. Again, all that matters to us is that Kevin really does believe it. We try to kind of make that clear by the fact that he talks about an undiagnosed heart condition, and that he's given up smoking, and that he's aging like all mortals do. The Leftovers ’s third and final season begins, like the second, with a mysterious dialogue-free sequence in another place and time. Digital Spy is launching a newsletter – sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox. So, it's like, well then how did the Matt Jamison episode happen? They still grieve I’m sure, but they don’t need Nora back. The subsequent episodes and journey would be about putting a new family together again, even though you did so at tremendous risk. In fact, early on in the show’s run, co-creator/showrunner Damon Lindelof came out and said he had no interest in explaining the Sudden Departure, (nor did author Tom Perotta’s book, from which the show was based). And so the more interesting question is: When the same scene is basically interpreted by multiple artists, what is the truth, even? We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. Honestly, Lindelof and his writers found the perfect way to address this question of the Sudden Departure in a manner that was key to the overall story. Click the button below and wait for a message from our Facebook bot in Messenger! What I would say that is critical to us is that everybody understands that this finale is taking place in a real space. If we showed it, you would know that it was true. We've all been in relationships where we build these walls to kind of protect ourselves from being vulnerable and insulating ourselves from pain, and I feel like those walls would just basically be made of pure steel and fortified over and over again in a world where the departure happened. As Nora glimpses the flip side of the coin, where The Departed are the ones that remain, she finds her family has moved through their grief and built a life. Instead, The Leftovers was about the journey that we all experience in contemplating mortality, confusion, religion, loss, grief, and our own mind. But she's in a playground surrounded by people, and although the area that Kevin and Nora are in is not like what people they go to a wedding where you would think that, if seven years earlier or even 20 years earlier that 98 percent of the world's population disappeared, somebody would make a reference to that. "—will always be there. By not showing it, you have to believe that it's true, if that makes any sense. So, do I think she went through? The questions that were important to The Leftovers always had to do with character. COLLIDER participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means COLLIDER gets paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. HBO's cult favourite only lasted for three seasons – shepherded to the screen by Watchmen's Damon Lindelof – and ended with Carrie Coon's Nora revealing to Justin Theroux's Kevin that she'd been successfully zapped through to the Other Place where 2% of the world's population were sent. (Okay maybe not so much that last one). And his belief in her story is going to allow them to be together, because now they're both present, probably for the first time. Throughout three seasons, the series chronicled the impact of the Sudden Departure on those left behind, resulting in an intensely emotional, surprisingly funny, and oftentimes downright weird story about grief, loss, and feeling broken. This was a lot to take in, especially considering the preceding 60 minutes of the episode had focused on a much older Nora being confronted with a much older Kevin, who pretends they never had a romantic relationship at all, choosing instead to wipe the slate clean. Matt died of terminal illness. I think that there is a very face value presentation of this finale, where you just kind of take it at its word and it is what it is. The lives of police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) and his family, along with grieving widow Nora Durst (Carrie Coon) and her brother, reverend Matt Jamison (Chr… Instead, it brought these characters to a touching conclusion and left open the mystery of the unexplained. So as The Leftovers began its third and final season, coming off an absolutely phenomenal second season that marked an intense creative upswing, I was primed and ready for more weirdness, more crying, and more humor, but I had zero expectations—or, really, interest—in learning “the truth” about the Sudden Departure. While some complained that the Lost series finale failed to answer the burning mythological questions that hung over the entire show, Lindelof and Carlton Cuse had addressed all they cared to on that front, and instead spent the finale focusing on what actually mattered: the characters. Will Matt stop lying to himself? So, there isn't any chicanery in place, and when we do episodes like "International Assassin," it's so clear not our reality, because things are happening that are so wacky. They found joy in still living—something the characters of The Leftovers fought so hard against in favor of seeking answers to unanswerable questions. Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Ultimately, it felt like the calculus of the show without being corny and reductive ultimately was going to be a love story, and the first season of the show was about the disintegration of family. That's kind of everything we have to say about how relevant the truth is, because if a belief system works for you, if it brings you together with the people that you love, it's actual veracity is secondary to what that belief system basically gets you. I do feel like the finale doesn't engage in any of that wackiness so that the audience has real clarity: "No, this is the real world.". Related: Christopher Eccleston reflects on The Leftovers: 'I convinced Damon Lindelof to make Matt part of the series'. There are bound to be many questions around this. Can Kevin and Nora ever be happy together? Nora has been living out her days as a hermit in a small Australian town. Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Digital Spy participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. Why? Speaking to Collider, the series finale director gave her breakdown of Nora's tale. That story ended Sunday night, with a beautiful and intimate final episode focused on Nora and Kevin 12 to 15 years in the future. Kevin isn't even there for any of that. Messiahs tend to say, "God wants you to do this and God wants you to do that. Although we may seek calm in religion, in science, we'll never know the answers to those existential questions which have driven humanity since they crawled out of caves. And Kevin Garvey, the possible messiah, has been living alone in Jarden, Texas, returning to Australia every year for the woman he loved. 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She’s spent the series frustrated that no one could ever understand her pain while also hiding just how much it hurts to have lost her entire family. There have been theories predicting this was all taking place in an insane asylum, that they're all dead, that they all vanished themselves, that there was some sort of subatomic particle swap. But that doesn’t work. That more than anything else was our north star.". They're referring to characters who stayed in the real world like the Murphy's and places in the real world like Miracle, and Matt Jamison went back to Mary and obviously succumbed to cancer. Laurie is alive and well. Kevin is still carrying them around in either his own psyche or whatever this space is that those episodes have them, but for the most part the Guilty Remnant was a fad that burned out. He doesn't have the ability to walk across water or mimic loaves and fishes, etc. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, A New Play on Amazon Reminds Us What's At Stake, Everything We Know About Haunting Of Season Three, 'The Boys' Season 3 Will Explore 'Supe' Origins, Hannah Grose's Bly Manor Ghost Story Explained, Everything We Know About 'The Crown' Season Four, Tracking Down the Hidden Ghosts in 'Bly Manor', Everything We Know About the Obi-Wan Kenobi Show, SNL Host Bill Burr Delivers Polarizing Monologue, The Haunting of Bly Manor Ending Explained. "I think that people have belief systems, and I think she believes she went through because I think we all need stories to tell ourselves to get through this life," Leder explained.

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