It doesn't matter what happened ... Patti ~ The Leftovers: Episode 8
Really? 2% of the population is gone. We don't know how nor why and that doesn't matter? Don't you just love HBO?
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The reason we're kept in the dark is because things make absolutely no sense when these people start talking. But you need to remember one thing about Patti – she's a mental health patient that was recently abused by her husband, kicked out of her house, and left stranded. She also doesn't understand basic principles of ownership within marriage, yet she's leading the organization of a large cult with tons of money? AND ... They don't take orders?
The scariest thing is that Kevin is dreaming and can't remember things that just happened. The one person that's at least somewhat rational … Yeah, we can't even trust him anymore.
Unfortunately, what happened to the departed will never be explained in the series. Well, probably never. It's because it can't be explained without sounding like complete bupkis. There's no religious explanation because only the good people are supposed to be taken away in the rapture, and we know being good had nothing to do with some of the disappearances. But are there any logical explanations for 2% of the population disappearing?
I'll start by saying that we have to remember The Leftovers is a fictional story. I see people taking this way too seriously on social media. I understand why people are mad and annoyed. We've been lied to and betrayed by a narrative that's impossible unless:
- A lot of people are crazy (mass hysteria) and that's what we're seeing.
- The government is lying to people about the departure (and is responsible). Experimenting with black holes?
- We're seeing someone's dream / nightmare unfolding.
- We're seeing the thoughts of a crazy person(s).
- The story is about a group of mental health patients at the same hospital.
- They're all dead. (Please not another Lost fiasco. I'm still recovering from the last cop out).
All of these would be terrible endings and we can't even hope that mysticism will creep in at the last minute to save us because bad people would never be sucked up during the rapture.
My only hope ... MY ONLY HOPE for The Leftovers is that the cult(s) have hidden people somewhere through cremation or something and the clip of Laurie in the hospital was actually after she had her abortion.
The reaction didn't match. If your baby just disappeared from your ultrasound, wouldn't you be shocked first? Out of your seat even! Plot hole? Maybe I'm remembering it wrong or maybe she miscarried at the table and is lying about the baby being departed. Who knows?
Are some people hiding? Remember Holy Wayne (the guy that hugged Nora)? Pretty sure he was hiding and he also lied to those Asian girls about bearing sons. Who else is pretending to be departed? Maybe Nora's husband just took the kids and ran? Maybe no one is actually missing at all just like the Nora impostor said?
Some things we may know:
- In episode 6, Courtney claims that the departure is a government hoax. The government may have been experimenting on its own people with spatial displacement technology.
- Many, if not all, of the characters that we see have mental illness or serious mental health issues. Kevin, his father, and Patti all have weak grasps on reality, so their points of view cannot be trusted. Remember when Kevin says, "Now I know why you don't talk." It's because Patti knows her tower of cards will fall when people start asking questions, just like in all cults. She thinks people should just follow her because she knows.
- Patti didn't predict the departure. It was more likely a coincidence because she was always saying that something bad was going to happen, but it never did. This is probably a common thing that mentally ill people say during therapy and experience in life. People are probably following her because they think she predicted the departure.
- People who “disappeared” during the departure may not have been wanted if the departure really happened.
The funny thing about The Leftovers is that it would probably be better if the departure wasn't a part of the story. Then we could focus on the cult(s), the origins, why people join them, and how to rehabilitate former members once they step back into the realm of logic. So, if the departure is making the show a drag for you, just pretend that it's not part of the show. All of the other characters are ...
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