We have no idea what to expect from the last episode of The Leftovers except lots of feelings. But here’s a synopsis and viewing information anyway.
This is it. Tonight, after 27 hours of mind-boggling, breathtaking, soul-cleansing television, The Leftovers comes to an end. It hasn’t fully sunken in for me yet, and I’m sure it won’t until I’m drowning in tears on my couch.
Of course, as the Garveys know, the aftermath is the hardest part. But luckily, we don’t have to think about that yet. For now, let’s just cherish this time before we have to say goodbye.
The official synopsis for The Leftovers’ series finale, titled “The Book of Nora”, is below:
"Nothing is answered. Everything is answered. And then it ends."
I don’t know who wrote this synopsis (probably the HBO marketing team, though it sounds so perfectly Leftovers-y that I’d swear Damon Lindelof wrote it himself), but it’s ingenious and I’m already crying. Whoever it is: well played.
Delightfully cryptic blurb notwithstanding, we can venture a few guesses as to what “The Book of Nora” has in store. First, the title suggests it will focus on Nora, which is surprising, since the show always positioned Kevin as the main character. We should finally find out what was going on at the end of the season premiere. Why is Nora living by herself in the middle of nowhere? Why did she change her name to Sara? Exactly how far in the future is that?
Also, I predict that the hotel break-up won’t be Kevin and Nora’s last meeting. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking, though.
No matter what happens next, I will forever be in awe of and grateful for this show’s existence. The Leftovers made TV, my life, and (I think) the world better. For a few years, we witnessed storytelling at its most daring and compassionate. We heard Max Richter conjure music to make angels weep. How lucky are we?
Here’s the live stream:
Date: Sunday, June 4
Start time: 9 p.m. EST
Episode: “The Book of Nora”
TV Channel: HBO
Mimi Leder directs the episode, which Lindelof, Tom Perotta, and Tom Spezialy wrote.