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The Leftovers' Breakout Star

A few weeks ago, Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson introduced the idea that The Leftovers serves, at least in part, as an examination of depression. That seems more relevant than ever in tonight's episode, “Cairo,” which tells the 

The season finale of The Leftovers played as if it thought it was the series finale of The Leftovers. It didn't answer the questions the series was adamant from the beginning that it would not answer: what the Sudden Departure was or why the Departed

The post-Rapture show ends with a bang, a whimper, and the question of the ages.

The pain is too much to bear, as actor Carrie Coon's almost unwatchable silent scream upon being confronted with grotesque simulations of her vanished family made clear. Here in the real world, with uncanny echoes of The Leftovers' breathtakingly paced 

From the start, “The Leftovers” has felt like a tug-of-war between its two creative lodestars: Tom Perrotta, the sensitive novelist of small-scale suburban malaise, and Damon Lindelof, the mad-hatter auteur, fond of grandiose 

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