Don’t Be Ridiculous has a sense of forward momentum and revelation that I think we are going to be seeing a lot more of in the final few episodes of The Leftovers. This makes sense, in order to have a satisfying ending to the show the viewers need some answers. The answers might not be what we want or to the specific questions we want resolved, but something needs to give. We see a glimpse of that in this episode. We’re clearly building to something. I don’t think it’s the 14th (or the 15th in Australia), rather we’ll either see our characters be content in life or die trying.
That is what this episode was really about, Nora trying to find closure. She thought she found closure about her departed children through Lilly and her family but as we come to find out that family dynamic was blown up as well. Now she’s flailing in the wind trying to move past her heartbreak while at the same time never wanting to forget her departed family. It’s an intricate and extremely deep form of heartbreak that Carrie Coon plays fantastically. Her performance highlighted by her heart to heart with Erika. That scene encapsulates what makes Nora’s wounds so hard to heal. When mourning those that have departed, there is no closure. You can grieve as long as you want and accept the loss but deep down in the back of your mind you know there is a chance they could come back. They left without any explanation or meaning, who’s to say they couldn’t come back in the same fashion? I’m thinking this radiation device is a not what it claims to be, but at this point all bets are off. One thing is for sure, I cannot wait to find out.