In the sixth episode of The Leftovers, Nora (Carrie Coon) — a woman who lost her whole family in a Rapture-like event that claimed two percent of the world’s population — confronts a man who has written a book about coming to terms with the so-called Departure. He spins an elegant story about accepting “ambiguous loss.”

“Bullshit,” Nora counters.

“I’m sorry?” he says.

“No, you’re not sorry,” she responds. “Sorry people don’t write f*cking books.”

Season 1 of The Leftovers — which returns to HBO Oct. 4 — was full of scenes like that. One character attempts to explain the show’s mysteries; another calls “bullshit,” plain and simple. There’s a surface-level reason for this: While much of the show revolves around its characters’ attempts to understand the Departure that haunts them, showrunner Damon Lindelof has said he’s never going to explain it. Read more…

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