Warning this post contains spoilers for the series finale of The Leftovers. Read at your own risk.
We're about a half-day removed from The Leftovers' powerful series finale, and Damon Lindelof is getting bombarded with questions. Apparently, the most-asked question people have is why he chose to shoot the final scene with Nora journey to the other Earth being told to Kevin, as opposed to being shown to audiences. Lindelof shared details on why the characters spent the show's final minutes at a kitchen table:
If the finale left you with some closure, then that quote from Damon Lindelof possibly opened that bag of questions you tossed aside right back up. At the beginning of The Leftovers finale, we hear Nora plainly state that she doesn't lie, but we know that isn't exactly true. In fact, we're all very aware that Nora lied to Kevin when she told him why she wanted to go to Australia. When Nora runs into Kevin again, it doesn't take long to realize he's a sad and damaged man. Is it possible that Nora could've just told Kevin a version of what he wanted to hear -- a reason why she remained out of contact with him -- so that he would feel better?
While it is true that Nora has stretched the truth in the past, parts of her story to Kevin were 100% verifiable. What Nora told Kevin about Lori and Matt was true, and she did tell him about the machine. Then again, the famous saying goes that the best lies carry an element of truth, so maybe she's just covering her non-otherworldly tracks in case she slips up somewhere down the road.
In either case, both theories lead to closure one way or the other. If you believe Nora, then you have all the answers you've been waiting for this entire series, with specific details on what exactly happened to the departures and where they are now. If you don't believe Nora, then at least you know that she has found closure in losing her departed children once and for all, she started her life over, and she perhaps has a future rekindling with Kevin. I'm still on the "believing Nora" side of things but maybe, like so many others in The Leftovers, I just want to be fooled into comfort.
Now that The Leftovers is concluded, you'll need another show to fill your Sunday nights and keep all those other questions muted inside your head. Jump over to our summer premiere guide to find yourself a show to busy yourself with right now. If you're just a finale junkie who likes seeing how every show ends we also have a list to suit your needs here.