Is Nora Telling the Truth? | The Leftovers
Wednesday July 5, 2017 | Download episode
After watching the series finale of The Leftovers, you're left wondering: Is Nora telling the truth? Does she really travel to the other side and come back?
It's an ambiguous ending that's done right.
We break down the question into interesting sub-questions, bringing up details from throughout the season. And while we can't give you the definitive answer, we do take a leap of faith and tell you our own answers.
(This is a spoiler-filled analysis episode. More to come for The Leftovers.)
The Leftovers - Season 3 Intro Music Analysis
Wednesday July 12, 2017 | Download episode
In Season 3 of The Leftovers, a different song is played over the opening credits sequence. Each one has thematic significance for the episode to come. We analyze the lyrics and the episode to decipher the links. We also mention a few of our other favorite songs throughout the series. (This is a spoiler-filled analysis episode. More to come for The Leftovers.)
Timestamps, by order of Season 3 songs:
— 1:31 - E1 No music
— 2:12 - E2 “Perfect Strangers” Intro
— 4:39 - E3 “Personal Jesus” Intro
— 7:40 - E4 “This Love is Over” Intro
— 8:35 - E4 “Take On Me” (3x)
— 11:40 - E5 Ashrei-themed Intro
— 14:00 - E5 Ashrei tribal version
— 14:31 - E6 “1-800 Suicide” Intro
— 16:34 - E7 “The Leftovers Main Title Theme” Intro
— 18:50 - Max Richter general appreciation
— 20:18 - E8 “Let the Mystery Be” Intro
— 21:14 - E8 Billie Holiday jazz songs
Last thoughts on The Leftovers — while trying to conclude if Nora is actually telling the truth and “went to the other side,” we started questioning the veracity of the physicists themselves. The cryptic “cancer test” Nora supposedly failed had NO RIGHT ANSWER — the man in the Australian outback answered the opposite way, yet was rejected too! Why would real physicists ask such a trick question? Is the true test locating the machine itself? If so, why didn’t Nora have to recruit someone else like Mark Linn-Baker did? 😮 #theleftovers #leftoversHBO #carriecoon #mystery
More Leftovers analysis! The music of Season 3 has all sorts of thematic meaning — one great example is the melodic repetition of ‘80s pop hit ‘Take On Me’ in three separate scenes. The song’s lyrics are about reciprocation in love (and lack thereof), but its music video is especially intriguing. In the video, a young woman follows her imaginary love to another dimension…is this a parallel to Nora trying to “get to the other side?” 🤔
🚨 Spoilers | The Leftovers 🚨 Re-watching Season 2, we discovered a subtle foreshadowing in an early scene, when we first meet the Murphy family. John is fast asleep while his family struggles to wake him up, which we now realize symbolizes his obliviousness to his family relationships as well. Michael, Erika, and Evie are each hiding secrets from him; the latter two plan on leaving him. John was spared from “The Departure,” but that doesn’t prevent his family from departing him anyway 😢
Saint John the Sleeper
We use one tiny scene of John sleeping to reflect on the ways John and Kevin are sleeping through life. Like, we extrapolate a lot of thematic significance from just this one scene.
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