You have to be careful with a show like The Leftovers. You can’t hunt for answers like you can with, say, Westworld or Better Call Saul, where screencaps and a sharp memory can tip you off to the future, or provide an explanation to some confusing event you just saw. Sometimes things on The Leftovers just happen, because sometimes things just happen in life, and The Leftovers, at its heart, is a show about life and the human condition more than it is some sort of puzzle to be solved. Banging your head against a wall about the Whys and What Ifs and various hypotheticals opened up by events on the show won’t get you very far, at all. It’s best to, shall we say, let the mystery be.
I know that. I do. And yet, here I am, almost a week after the terrific second episode of season three premiered, banging my head against a wall. I must know. I can’t help it.
I must know if the Wu-Tang Clan survived the Departure intact.
This isn’t me being a crazy person. Not completely, at least. The show dragged me into it. For those of you who don’t watch and don’t mind spoilers, here’s a quick rundown: A character on the show, Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), lost all three members of her family in the Departure that took two percent of the world’s population. This statistical anomaly left her understandably pretty messed up. So much so that getting the names of her missing children tattooed on her arm upset her to the point that she had it covered up with the first thing she saw: the Wu-Tang logo. She showed it to a friend, they laughed and cried, then they jumped on a trampoline. It was great.