By Ryan Keating-Lambert

★★★★☆

SPOILERS, obviously.

By far the most emotional episode in the show so far. Unpredictable, human, and it’s obvious that we’re getting closer to the inevitable end.

After arriving in Melbourne, Laurie goes with Matt to meet Nora, while John and Michael head to the middle of nowhere to meet Kevin and his father.

In the signature style of The Leftovers, we start the episode some time after the ferry’s arrival in Melbourne, and gradually learn of the events that took place shortly after, and finally we get another episode devoted entirely to Laurie (Amy Brenneman).

To the background of Apocalyptica’s ‘Wherever I may Roam’, a cover of the Metallica song, we witness Laurie attempting suicide by taking pills, before hastily changing her mind and vomiting them back up again. A very personal moment, and one that shows depth and reason, rather than absence which has more or less been Laurie for majority of this season. I was beginning to think that she had become nothing more than a simple plot device. Brenneman’s performance really stands out this episode.

Nora (Carrie Coon) continues to be her wonderfully witty and contradicting self – no surprises there, as she searches for the departure machine with the help of Laurie and Matt (Christopher Eccleston) who now appears to have lost his faith. Perhaps the best thing about The Leftovers is the realism at which its characters interact with each other. In this somewhat post-apocalyptic world, characters fight, and hate, but in the end they still manage to bond over this hate. Everyone is screwed up, and yet everyone loves each other.

The way Nora and Laurie bond in the van, as they wait with Matt like a group of amateur Scooby Doo detectives, is simply wonderful to watch. There’s no other show where you can sit back and marvel, and laugh, at a conversation about suicide. It’s darkly comical stuff. Laurie, having been through a lot with the GR cult, seems to bring a lot of well needed humour to the darker moments in this episode.

The real stand-out scene however, and perhaps one of the most powerful in the show so far, was without a doubt, the Last Supper scene around the Australian stew. The discussion comparing everyone around the table to different apostles begins as a light-hearted chat, but slowly descends into chaos, as characters drop to the floor one by one, thanks to Laurie and her ‘Judas’ agenda. An extremely well written and well directed moment in the show’s history. Subtle, misleading, and terrifying.

Then finally, we see Laurie’s story end as she dives into the harbour in Melbourne. No music, just silence and the sound of the approaching storm and surrounding water. She’s brought herself back once before, so let’s see if she does it again. Judging from the silence though, I’d say she might really be gone this time.

A truly emotional episode that will stick with you for a long time. These characters are everything… probably the most well developed and interesting personalities on modern television, and they’re about to (supposedly) meet their doom. Prepare yourself for anything but a happy ending.

Photo: Screen Rant

 

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