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Damon Lindelof has said that his idea for the world of “The Leftovers” was to make biblical events part of day-to-day life. That is to say that in the Bible, there are accounts of all kinds of events, whether they be parting seas or individuals rising from the dead, that would be considered fantastical in our normal world. There have even been sequences in episodes that draw comparisons to actual biblical stories, such as the woman with the snake in this season’s premier that automatically drew comparisons to the story of Genesis. This week’s episode,”No Room at the Inn,” drew some comparisons to the story of Mary and Joseph making their way to Bethlehem.

The episode mainly focused on Christopher Eccleston’s character of Matt Jamison and his vegetated wife. Jamison spends nearly every second of his day devoted to his wife, who lies in a coma like state. However, since moving to Miracle, there has been a breakthrough. According to him, one night she awoke from her coma, made love to her husband and went back to her previous state. Things become even more unusual when she is found to be pregnant. On the trip home from the doctor’s office, the couple is attacked and their bands to get back into the town are taken.

Matt and his wife, named Mary, must make a long and difficult journey home in order for her to have her miracle child. Along the way, Matt faces various challenges that force him to confront his faith and what he believes in. However, this being “The Leftovers” the episode was not without its own questions…


Is Matt and Mary’s future baby some sort of godchild? There is definitely something special about the pregnancy from the way it happened, to the man that stole their wristbands winding up dead at the end of the episode. Then again it could just be another device to show how Miracle is a place full of … well, Miracles.

How many times can the episode play the same song in a row before it gets annoying? Twice, exactly twice.

Why did that woman want Matt to hit her son with a paddle? And who is Brian? Clearly the episode’s craziest and wild moment. Matt has to beat a man with a paddle and scream Brian while he does it. The scene makes no sense, but that’s the fun of it.

How long will Matt be in those wooden stocks? All season? The whole series? I have a feeling like it’s going to be a while because it looked like no one was willing to take that other guy out before Matt got there. Maybe Kevin Garvey will replace him and that’s how the series will end.

Do we still know where the departed went? No! Stop asking that, we are never going to know.

Jesse Nussman is a senior at UNCC majoring in Communications and minoring in film. He is an avid film lover and writes about various pop-culture subjects within film, television, and music.


  1. I used to enjoy this show but it has gone nowhere this season and frankly bores me to tears. I thought I would give it one more week. HBO, done with this waste of time! It doesn’t have to make sense but for God’s sake, enough new character development and get back to what the story is supposed to be about. I have a feeling the network is have watchers depart on their own accord?

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