To add to the ever-growing mystery on The Leftovers, Garvey Sr.’s appearance is weird as hell. There is a jar buried in the backyard that contains money and a ripped out page from Matt’s newsletter. He spews nonsense, constantly, though I’m sure this will all make sense at some point. He’s also obsessed with an old 1972 issue of National Geographic magazine, hinting that there are some answers there (I haven’t checked out the copy, but I’m sure the Internet is on it). Kevin shoots down the idea and later goes to finally awkwardly consummate his relationship with Nora — their relationship, no matter how doomed it may feel, is one of the few bright spots in this dark drama — but when he arrives back home, there’s another copy of the magazine that Jill had ordered online. Whatever is in that particular issue has to have some sort of connection to the Sudden Departure, right?
To be honest, this is where I’m a little iffy. Lindelof has previously stated that he intended to solve the mystery of the Sudden Departure during the series which is something that the book never concerned itself with. That’s what I liked most about the novel. There was a definite mystery but it didn’t need to be solved; the characters and plotting were so engaging that I truly didn’t care about what had caused these people to disappear. The deviations that the show has taken are all welcome and have, thus far, been satisfying but I’m still apprehensive about what Lindelof and co. will come up with as an explanation.
Seven episodes in and The Leftovers hasn’t been a perfect series so far but it’s been my favorite of the summer. Some episodes have been stunning (in particular, the ones that focus on just one character) and some have been lacking due to iffy plots (there’s a reason I haven’t gone into the Christine stuff from this week) but overall, it’s always been interesting to watch — even if it’s a bit frustrating at times.