The Leftovers Season 1 Finale

 

The Leftovers – HBO

The summer 2014 TV shows are ending so I thought I would begin writing some short reviews.  Note: The finale is SPOILED for the Leftovers.

The Leftovers

Pro’s:

  • HBO played the finale on a free preview weekend.  Thanks HBO.  Otherwise I would not have seen this interesting finale.

  • Kevin got his wish.  He met “God” (aka Wayne) in a latrine of all places, and he granted Kevin his wish.  “To be with his family and to hold them”.   Note this came immediately after Kevin confesses his guilt (for wanting to leave his family).

  • The beautiful music and the long silences which gives us, the viewers, time to reflect on our own lives and our regrets.

  • The “rebirth” at the end of the episode when a baby literally shows up on Kevin’s doorstep.  There is hope in this place after all.  This is hell on earth but grace can still intercede.

Con’s

  • The Guilty Remnant served its purpose to remind every one of what they lost.  But why?

  • I only watched the beginning and end of the first season of the show so I am still not sure where things could end up.  Will every one of the departed suddenly return… after those they left behind (the leftovers) on earth realize what it means to be missing them?  I don’t know.

  • I was afraid to watch the show because of its dark unrelenting tone.  I am still not sure I would want to watch season 2.

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