Another week means another new episode of The Leftovers and with it comes so much confusion. If you were lost after the first episode, the second episode of the series helps iron a few things out but there were more questions raised than answered once again and the plot has most certainly thickened.
While the pilot episode was just wholly confusing, the second episode at least started to see things play out in a less convoluted manner. Maybe it’s because we understand the characters now but things seemed to run a lot smoother the second time around, even if things stayed on the same plane of confusion that the pilot was on.
The biggest story of the night once again followed Kevin, as we tried to figure out if this mystery dog hunter was actually a real person or just a figment of Kevin’s imagination. Once that idea got introduced to us, everything had the Fight Club effect of looking like there was two people around when Kevin was talking to the dog hunter but there were subtle clues that he could be fake.
A visit to Kevin’s father, who can apparently communicate with the disappeared ones, and the discovery of some bagels at the back of a toaster seemed to signal that Kevin isn’t crazy and that the dog hunter is real — maybe.
Out west we saw Wayne and Tom’s story take a wild twist as a raid on the compound sent Tom, Wayne and Annie on the run from the law. It’s clear that Wayne is absolutely Jim Jones insane and his affection for Annie is both creepy and potentially explosive for Tom. We didn’t spend much time in this storyline this week but we learned a lot about Tom and got on his side even more than we were before.
Finally there’s Meg, who has decided to live with the GR but not fully embrace their ways yet. Among the things we learned with her is that she still hasn’t given up talking, can’t cut down a tree int he cold without throwing a fit first an most importantly, the GR do not believe they’re a cult — they’re just something.
Whatever Laurie is mentally intoxicated with, it’s now spreading to Meg as simply asking her to surrender allowed Meg to free her mind and give into the ways of the GR. She may not be fully turned, but the final scene with her chopping down the tree she thought she couldn’t was dripping with symbolism and not all of it was positive.
There were a lot of new questions raised with this latest episode of The Leftovers but we at least had some questions answered, even if they ere ambiguously so. That’s the type of show this is going to be and while no one has figured it out yet, it’s getting easier and easier to be on board with how things are playing out.