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God Complex

The Leftovers season finale finds everyone's existential crises getting louder, but no easier.

So that's it for The Leftovers, for now. Some people get buried, others come back (sort of), some try to leave, some set things on fire. But everyone comes face to face with their own personal gooiness. In the spirit of our midseason episode recap for "Gladys," let's look at who's lost and who's found.

Found

A friend for Kevin Garvey: Who would come out to the woods to help you bury a body and cover up a suicide that everyone will assume was a murder? And who will then take you for a burger afterward? A friend, that's who. And this one's named Matt, and he's an Episcopal priest, and he writes that horrible newsletter -- the one telling everyone about all the terrible things Mapleton's citizens have done. So as long as you don't tell him anything too personal or scandalous, okay, Mapleton Police Chief Kevin Garvey?

Lost

Kevin's memory: Or so we may believe, since once he's got some food in him, Kevin's telling Matt ALL about the woman he was having sex with when she was Raptured away. Kevin heads off to the john after that, leaving Matt looking a liiittle too thoughtful about what he's just heard.

Lost

Christine: Tommy's got it all figured out. He'll get a job, he'll take care of Christine and her new Wayne-baby. They don't need some stupid prophet! Except Christine heads off to the john (everyone on The Leftovers, avoid the bathroom. Especially you, Nora!), and when Tommy goes to find her, he finds...the baby, alone, on the floor.

Found

The Departed (but not really): See, here's what I mean. Nora wakes up and -- you guessed it -- heads to the john. When she comes out, someone's placed RealDoll replicas of her family -- in their fucking clothes -- at the breakfast table. Nora, you're a TV character. You never need to use the bathroom. I'm not saying it's your fault -- Holy Wayne already told you it wasn't -- but I am saying if you don't want something bad to happen to you on a TV show, don't go to the john.

Found

Patti: Patti's dead! How? What? Why? Oh, it's just a dream sequence, silly. Kevin dreams Matt has had him committed to the same psych ward as his dad. This enables Kevin Garvey, Senior, to point out that everyone on Earth knew, deep down inside, why they were Left Behind. (A sentiment echoed by Nora in her goodbye letter.) Worth noting: Dream Patti tells Kevin she's going to be his "traveling companion," so expect to see more of her next season. Probably when Kevin forgets not to head to the john.

Found

Holy Wayne: Do I even have to tell you where he turned up? The bigger question is why? Was he heading for Mapleton, too, like Tommy? Or was he heading north, for Canada, when the ATFEC people got him? Whatever the case, he's gut-shot and dying fast. He spends his last moments on Earth wondering if he's a fraud. He asks Kevin to think of a wish so that Wayne can grant it and maybe he'll have been real after all.

Lost

Jill Garvey: Jill's at the GR compound -- this we knew. Now she's smoking and taking the white and going out on the world's most horrifying pranks. Jill, kid, maybe try getting away from BOTH your parents.

Found

My threshold for disbelief: Look, we knew what the bodies and clothes were for two episodes ago. Back then, in those more innocent days, I was willing to believe maybe, just maybe, the Guilty Remnant would place them all on a set of baseball bleachers or something, maybe fill a McDonalds with them. But no, AFTER the Grinching of the family photos, the GR is somehow able to yet again get into people's houses without them knowing and place the RealDolls inside. (Some are outside, too, like the lady pushing a shopping cart.) So now I have to wonder not only how do they get into people's houses, but how do they know the locations of ALL the Departed? Are they magical? Are they supervillains? Or, at least in the case of the houses, are the people of Mapleton just really bad at setting their alarm systems? (Note: this is a very real possibility. We've seen Kevin grappling with his.)

Found

Everyone's threshold for the GR: I'd say the #2 comment on these boards, right behind "Ugh, I hate The Leftovers," is "Why do the townspeople not beat the shit out of the GR for their stupid pranks?" Tonight, that question was answered -- and not just with beatings, but with shootings and fire. Lots of fire. Mayor Lucy walks by in the midst of it, in shock, and tells Kevin, "You were right," meaning his warnings at the town meeting in the season premiere. But maybe she's also talking to commenters who were a little incredulous about Mapleton's ability to resist mob violence.

Found

Boy, a lot of God talk, huh? There's all Matt's talk about why he's there to help Kevin with Patti. There's the Bible passage Matt makes Kevin read over Patti's grave -- the passage that reduces Kevin to tears. There's the church-bus guy Tommy chats with while Christine's abandoning her baby, the one who blows Tommy's mind just by telling him yeah, he really does stop and ask people if they need help. There's Holy Wayne, granting Kevin's wish -- or hoping he is, anyway. And that's the thing about The Leftovers, I guess: it's not really about people believing in God or not, it's about people wondering if they're even worthy of consideration by a God.

Found

A Jonestown reference: The ATFEC agent asks Kevin, "What did he say to you? Did he talk about Russia? Make any physical contact with you?" The Russia line is a li'l wink toward another, very real, spiritual leader with a God complex. Jim Jones, founder of the People's Temple and distributor of lethal, grape Flavor-Aid (not Kool-Aid) often spoke of moving his congregation to Russia.

Found

The Garveys, sort of: Kevin rushes into the burning GR compound to pull Jill to safety. (Uh, and leave an awful lot of other people just lying there.) Later, when Jill is conscious, Laurie gives Kevin and her a look that says: I get it, Dad's house is more "fun." Laurie walks off to do some post-prank thinking, and this is where Tom finds her. So we at least have all the Garveys back in one town, even if they're not yet likely to play a game of Eight Is Enough-style football in the front yard.

Found

The dog from the backyard: Maybe he's sick of deer meat because here he is, rope and all, ready to be a good boy now.

Found

The baby: Nora finds her when she goes to drop off her Dear Kevin letter at the Garveys' house. I don't know if Nora gets to keep her or what, but I do know that Kevin most likely asked to have his family back together and that kind of did happen, so maybe Wayne WAS magical? Which means maybe this baby IS the chosen one, the Bridge? Or maybe it just means no one can resist a doorstep baby. Either/or!

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