History Series / TheLeftovers

4th Aug '17 2:36:48 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** "Axis Mundi" introduces and focuses on the Murphys, with the Garvey's appearing in more of a background role.

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** "Axis Mundi" introduces and focuses on the Murphys, with the Garvey's Garveys appearing in more of a background role.
1st Aug '17 6:28:13 AM gunarao
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* ChekovsGun: The "Departure dolls" are advertised and shown in a few Season 1 episodes, before having a major role in the season finale.



** "Axis Mundi" introduces and focuses on the Murphys, with the Garvey's appearing in more of a background role.



** Episodes 2 through 7 of Season three have a piece of music relevant to the episode playing over season two's intro sequence.

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** Episodes 2 through 7 of Season three have a piece of music relevant to the episode playing over season two's intro sequence.sequence, including, in a twist on this trope, the ''original'' theme music.


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* WhamShot: The end of "A Most Powerful Adversary". As Kevin [[spoiler: lies dying on the floor, Virgil empties the syringe of adrenaline he promised to rescucitate Kevin with and then blows his own brains out.]]
31st Jul '17 9:26:15 AM gunarao
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* AsleepForDays: Matt Jameson after getting hit with a rock. [[spoiler: Rule Of Drama applies to him rushing to the bank assuming it's still the day he got hit with the rock. After three days in bed without food he probably would have been tired out by the time he got out of the hospital and a half a block down the road, if not sooner, and the hospital staff would have absolutely stopped him from leaving.]]

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* AsleepForDays: Matt Jameson Jamison after getting hit with a rock. [[spoiler: Rule Of Drama applies to him rushing to the bank assuming it's still the day he got hit with the rock. After three days in bed without food he probably would have been tired out by the time he got out of the hospital and a half a block down the road, if not sooner, and the hospital staff would have absolutely stopped him from leaving.]]



* TrailersAlwaysLie: So as to not spoil the cliffhanger of "A Most Powerful Adversary", or give away the episode's MindScrew events, trailers for "International Assassin" used clips that mostly consisted of footage from the episodes after it.



** Season Three kicks off 2 weeks before the 7th anniversary of the Great Departure. Matt Jameson, his congregation, and many others believe something monumental is going to happen this time around, but no one knows or says what it will be. [[spoiler: As it turns out, nothing happens whatsoever, aside from a brief storm.]]

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** Season Three kicks off 2 weeks before the 7th anniversary of the Great Departure. Matt Jameson, Jamison, his congregation, and many others believe something monumental is going to happen this time around, but no one knows or says what it will be. [[spoiler: As it turns out, nothing happens whatsoever, aside from a brief storm.]]
28th Jul '17 7:04:50 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* VaguenessIsComing: The elder Garvey is not exactly descriptive when explaining what is going on to Kevin. Neither is Patti in the next episode. "The Garveys at Their Best" shows that Patti had this trait prior to the Great Departure as well.

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* VaguenessIsComing: VaguenessIsComing:
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The elder Garvey is not exactly descriptive when explaining what is going on to Kevin. Neither is Patti in the next episode. "The Garveys at Their Best" shows that Patti had this trait prior to the Great Departure as well.
28th Jul '17 7:04:16 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** With the benefit of hindsight from season 3's "Certified," however, Laurie ''being'' a therapist may have contributed to her joining the Remnant; her own profound and unresolved grief, and inability to meaningfully frame her loss surrounding The Sudden Departure must have made it dangerous to engage day-in and day-out with the similar distress of others. When another mother asks her about the possibility of the departed eventually returning to the same spot from whence they disappeared, and what she should do- pointing out that the GR members outside "would at least write it down"- something in Laurie snaps.
28th Jul '17 7:02:08 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Is the hotel that Kevin finds himself in really some sort of afterlife, or is it just a near-death hallucination? [[spoiler:While a hallucination would be the simpler answer, there are a number of hints that it might be real, such as the fact that Kevin finds Virgil in the hotel despite being unconscious when Virgil shoots himself (doing it explicitly so he could guide Kevin there as well).

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** Is the hotel that Kevin finds himself in really some sort of afterlife, or is it just a near-death hallucination? [[spoiler:While a hallucination would be the simpler answer, there are a number of hints that it might be real, such as the fact that Kevin finds Virgil in the hotel despite being unconscious when Virgil shoots himself (doing it explicitly so he could guide Kevin there as well).well)]].
28th Jul '17 7:00:34 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AdultFear: Best exemplified by the opening scene in which a woman loses her baby to the Great Departure. Taken to a more horrifying level in "The Garveys At Their Best", as it's heavily implied that [[spoiler: Laurie, who was receiving a pregnancy ultrasound at the time of the departure, saw her baby disappear in utero. She reveals this to Kevin in Season 3]].

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* AdultFear: AdultFear:
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Best exemplified by the opening scene in which a woman loses her baby to the Great Departure. Taken to a more horrifying level in "The Garveys At Their Best", as it's heavily implied that [[spoiler: Laurie, who was receiving a pregnancy ultrasound at the time of the departure, saw her baby disappear in utero. She reveals this to Kevin in Season 3]].
27th Jul '17 7:28:41 AM gunarao
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* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: Laurie knows enough about Judas to compare herself to him, but didn't know he killed himself.
26th Jul '17 9:03:24 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* AlternateUniverse:
** Whenever Kevin dies, he goes to an alternate reality where he's an assassin [[spoiler:as well as the President of the United States in a world where the GR has become a global power]].
** In the series finale, Nora claims that [[spoiler:the Departure split the human population between two otherwise identical dimensions, one with 98% of the population and the other with 2% of the population]].



* BeardOfSorrow: Kevin in the first season, who is suffering from a broken family, always has about a week's worth of PermaStubble in spite of being a police officer. He apparently gets away with it because he's the Chief.

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* BeardOfSorrow: BeardOfSorrow:
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Kevin in the first season, who is suffering from a broken family, always has about a week's worth of PermaStubble in spite of being a police officer. He apparently gets away with it because he's the Chief.
** Kevin grows a beard in the third season, and he's just as damaged as ever, though a flashback reveals that he did so on Nora's request.



* CreatorCameo: Peter Berg, who directed episodes one and two, appears in a small role as one of Wayne's guards.

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* CreatorCameo: Peter Berg, who directed episodes one an executive producer on the show and two, director of the first two episodes, appears in a small role as one of Wayne's guards.



** Granted, out of all the theories presented, this one seems to be one of the least likely based on information that the audience knows that said MIT researchers couldn't; [[spoiler: between the woman Kevin was sleeping with departing while he was penetrating her, as per WordOfGod, to Kevin and Laurie's unborn child departing ''in utero'', it seems clear that explanation just doesn't hold water.]]



* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The Guilty Remnant are required to smoke as part of their very cynical philosophy. It helps characterize them as seedy and vaguely threatening even when they're just standing around. Heroes who smoke, like Kevin, do so because they subconsciously want to die.

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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The Guilty Remnant are required to smoke as part of their very cynical philosophy. It helps characterize them as seedy and vaguely threatening even when they're just standing around. Heroes Sympathetic characters who smoke, like Kevin, Kevin and Nora, do so because they subconsciously want to die.



* HowWeGotHere: [=S3E1=] ends with a woman named "Sara" (looking like a much older and world-weary Nora) living in Australia and steadfastly denying she has any recollection of any man named "Kevin". [[spoiler:[=S3E8=] reveals this is Nora, ''many'' years in the show's future. She may have gone to where everyone Departed to and seen her children grown, her husband with a new wife, and decided she belonged nowhere, before coming back here. Or she just avoided Kevin after a horrendous fight they had and he abandoned her again]].

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* HowWeGotHere: HowWeGotHere:
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[=S3E1=] ends with a woman named "Sara" (looking like a much older and world-weary Nora) Nora looking many years older, living in Australia under the name "Sarah," and steadfastly denying she has any recollection of any ever having known a man named "Kevin". [[spoiler:[=S3E8=] reveals this is Nora, ''many'' years in "Kevin." The rest of the show's future. She may have gone to where everyone Departed to and seen her children grown, her husband with a new wife, and decided she belonged nowhere, before coming season jumps back here. Or she just avoided Kevin after a horrendous fight they had and he abandoned her again]].in time to show how we got here.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The show often teases people or circumstances to be supernatural. Sometimes it's later revealed that they are not. while other circumstances are never resolved completely.



** Matt meets an Australian man on a ferry who claims to be God. In spite of watching the man murder someone and apprehending him, Matt starts to believe the man's claims... [[spoiler:until he stops believing him, and the man is killed by a lion at the end of the episode]].



* OutOfFocus: Kevin and Laurie's kids are barely present in Season 3.

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* OutOfFocus: Kevin Tom and Laurie's kids Jill are barely present in Season 3.



* RedHerring: In the DistantFinale, [[spoiler:Nora goes into the device that is supposed to send her to where the Departed went. She's next seen many years later in Australia, where Kevin locates her and claims that they've spoken to each other once. All of this teases the idea that Nora has been sent to an alternate dimension where her relationship with Kevin is different. Later, it's revealed that no, they're in the same dimension and Kevin is just trying to "start over." Nora ''does,'' however,' claim to have returned from an alternate dimension]].



* TimeSkip: The series tends to move ahead in time as is narratively convenient. For example, "B.J. and the A.C." has [[spoiler:Christine]] barely a month along in her pregnancy, only for her to give birth in "Solace for Tired Feet", three episodes later. The season finale is set on Memorial Day, about seven months after the pilot.

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* TimeSkip: The series tends to move frequently skips ahead in time as is narratively convenient. For example, time, from months to years.
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"B.J. and the A.C." has [[spoiler:Christine]] barely a month along in her pregnancy, only for her to give birth in "Solace for Tired Feet", three episodes later. The season finale is set on Memorial Day, about seven months after the pilot.



** The series has a DistantFinale.



* WhamLine: At the end of "Ten Thirteen," the answer to the question posed:

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* WhamLine: WhamLine:
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At the end of "Ten Thirteen," the answer to the question posed:



-->'''Erika''' to '''Nora''': Your children. You said you lost them. '''Did they depart, or did they die?'''

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-->'''Erika''' to '''Nora''': Your children. You said you lost them. '''Did Did they depart, or did they die?'''die?
26th Jul '17 8:32:26 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** No one knows why people were disappeared, so no one knows whether it has a scientific or supernatural/religious explanation. And WordOfGod has it that the series is ''never'' going to tell you what happened - it's telling that the song over the season two opening titles is Iris [=DeMent=]'s "Let The Mystery Be."

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** No one knows why people were disappeared, so no one knows whether it has a scientific or supernatural/religious explanation. And WordOfGod has it that the series is ''never'' going to tell you what happened - it's It's telling that the song over the season two opening titles is Iris [=DeMent=]'s "Let The Mystery Be."



** The Dog Killer was initially teased as being a figment of Kevin's imagination. Although he's later established to be a real person (known to the people of Mapleton as "Dean"), no one has managed to find any identifying information on him. He says that he thinks of himself as a "guardian angel." Who or what he is has yet to be revealed.

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** The Dog Killer was initially teased as being a figment of Kevin's imagination. Although he's later established to be a real person (known to the people of Mapleton as "Dean"), no one has managed to find any identifying information on him. He says that he thinks of himself as a "guardian angel." Who or what [[spoiler:Season 3 reveals that he's a mundane, paranoid psychopath, and he is has yet gets gunned down while trying to be revealed.murder Kevin for laughing at his delusions]].



** Is the hotel that Kevin finds himself in really some sort of afterlife, or is it just a near-death hallucination? [[spoiler:While a hallucination would be the simpler answer, there are a number of hints that it might be real, such as the fact that Kevin finds Virgil in the hotel despite being unconscious when Virgil shoots himself (doing it explicitly so he could guide Kevin there as well). His gunshot wound also seems to becomes much less serious after he escapes the hotel the second time]].

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** Is the hotel that Kevin finds himself in really some sort of afterlife, or is it just a near-death hallucination? [[spoiler:While a hallucination would be the simpler answer, there are a number of hints that it might be real, such as the fact that Kevin finds Virgil in the hotel despite being unconscious when Virgil shoots himself (doing it explicitly so he could guide Kevin there as well). His gunshot wound also seems to becomes much less serious after he escapes
** Kevin's repeated instances of coming back from
the hotel the second time]].dead. Is he special or just lucky?



* NoNameGiven: The Dog Killer, who avoids giving his name since Garvey doesn't yet trust him. It's eventually revealed to be Dean.

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* NoNameGiven: The Dog Killer, who avoids giving his name since Garvey doesn't yet trust him. It's Killer goes unnamed for many episodes and is implied to be a supernatural being for a while [[spoiler:but it's eventually revealed to be Dean.established that he's just a crazy man named Dean]].



* OutOfFocus: Kevin and Laurie's kids are barely present in Season 3.



** In season 2, the Guilty Remnant staged a MASSIVE invasion of the town of Jarden, TX (rechristened "Miracle" after the Great Departure and officially declared a ''National Park''). This led to serious civil unrest as droves of unsanctioned civilians came in with them and proceeded to loot and commit general anarchy. The response to what is basically domestic terrorism in season 3? [[spoiler:ATFEC launches a drone strike on the visitor's center where the GR is holed up, wiping them all out in an instant]].

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** In season 2, the Guilty Remnant staged a MASSIVE invasion of the town of Jarden, TX (rechristened "Miracle" after the Great Departure and officially declared a ''National Park'').Texas. This led to serious civil unrest as droves of unsanctioned civilians came in with them and proceeded to loot and commit general anarchy. The In response to what is basically this domestic terrorism in season 3? terrorism, [[spoiler:ATFEC launches a drone strike on the visitor's center where the GR is holed up, wiping them all out in an instant]].



* ReplacedTheThemeTune: Season two has completely different opening sequence and song from season one.

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Season two has completely different opening sequence and song from season one.


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* RiddleForTheAges: Why did the Departures happen? Where did the people go? [[spoiler:The series finale has Nora claim that she visited an alternate dimension of the Earth where only the Departed people are still there. Whether this is true or just a story she tells herself is left ambiguous]].
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