The Leftovers (2014–2017)
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The Prodigal Son Returns 

An unexpected ally helps Kevin get out of a jam near the town of Cairo. Meanwhile, an elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunges Mapleton into chaos.


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Tom Perrotta (based on the book by), Damon Lindelof (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Theroux ... Kevin Garvey
Amy Brenneman ... Laurie Garvey
Christopher Eccleston ... Matt Jamison
Liv Tyler ... Meg Abbott
Chris Zylka ... Tom Garvey
Margaret Qualley ... Jill Garvey
Carrie Coon ... Nora Durst
Emily Meade ... Aimee (credit only)
Amanda Warren ... Lucy Warburton
Ann Dowd ... Patti Levin
Michael Gaston ... Dean (credit only)
Max Carver ... Adam Frost (credit only)
Charlie Carver ... Scott Frost (credit only)
Annie Q. ... Christine
Scott Glenn ... Kevin Garvey, Sr.


An unexpected ally helps Kevin get out of a jam near the town of Cairo. Meanwhile, an elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunges Mapleton into chaos. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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Release Date:

7 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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As the GR are contemplating carrying on with their grand plan to make the townspeople "remember", amid the worry of the disappearance of their leader and Jill's willful induction into the group, an orchestral version of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" plays almost in its entirety, with no words spoken during the long scene. See more »


Nora Durst: Dear Kevin, I need to say goodbye to someone I care about, someone who's still here, so I'm saying it to you. You were good to me Kevin, and sometimes when we were together, I remembered who I used to be before everything changed, but I was pretending. Pretending as if I hadn't lost everything. I want to believe it can all go back to the way it was, I want to believe I'm not surrounded by the abandoned ruin of a dead civilization, I want to believe it's still possible to get close to someone. ...
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Ne me Quitte pas
Music by Jacques Brel
Lyrics by Jacques Brel
Performed by Nina Simone
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18 October 2015 | by ajd4See all my reviews

Tremendous, tremendous, tremendous .... This is one hell of a show... So much better than the Walking Dead. Why do I compare the two? They are both the sort of end-times dramas that we are all craving because subconsciously we see how insane and over crowded the world has become and we are terrified something terrible is about to happen... Anyway, in this show people act as you would expect them to act in an extraordinary, crisis unlike the idiots on the two Walking Dead shows. They don't make idiotic choices for no apparent reason - those counterintuitive decisions that invariably lead to their demise ...The characters in The Leftovers are deeply human and show humanity for all its strengths and weaknesses. I'm ready to drop the Walking Dead altogether (you couldn't pay me to watch Fear the Walking Dead again). I suppose it demonstrates the superiority of HBO over commercial TV cable. This first season of The Leftovers got me, hook, line and sinker....Hope it doesn't let me down... Hope it doesn't turn into some god thing ... ...

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