Previously on The Leftovers, ‘A Most Powerful Adversary’
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Kevin seems to have no clue what’s happening as he gets birthed out of a hotel bathtub and tries to gain his bearings.
The International Assassin gives us a trippy look into a hotel occupied by lost souls. Kevin’s poison cocktail was effective and he is now in search of Patty to evict her from his life. In the first quiet moments of his room, the lack of her presence is obvious. There is a level of quiet that screams “Patty’s not here” and this alone would have to be a small victory for Kevin.
Unfortunately, death, like life, comes with no instruction manual. Kevin is completely lost as he tries to determine where he is and what he should be doing. From what to wear to why the flower delivery guy is trying to beat him down, life after death is a confusing affair.
When Kevin catches a glimpse of Virgil in the lobby, it looks like a path for his mission may be revealed. Virgil is acting peculiar, more interested in a bird in the lobby than Kevin’s questions, but redeems himself with a note to rendezvous in the parking garage.
Nothing comes easy for Kevin, even in the afterlife. He is delayed on the way to meet Virgil by a young girl drowning in the pool and the boorish man who comes to claim her. Virgil reveals Patty is running for President and outlines a plan ripped straight from The Godfather. Things are very odd in Hotel California but the rules are simple – do not drink the water and do not hesitate.
This entire episode was a trip down memory lane for characters and viewers alike. We were treated to glimpses from the past with the reappearance of favorites like Gladys and Holy Wayne. Kevin learns more about how Patty came to be the monster he wants banished and develops a painful compassion for her along the way.
In the end, both Kevin and Michael are certain of the miracles in Jarden when Kevin arises from the ground like a bird freed from its box.
The Leftovers S2E8
We really need a new rating scale for The Leftovers. On any given Sunday, this show sets the bar for excellent programming. Then, we get an episode like International Assassin, and even the perfection of a 10 seems weak when compared to itself. This was one of the most perfect hours in TV history. The mysterious quality of Kevin’s visit to the afterlife unwound in such a way that even a casual viewer could have tuned in and been entertained, but enough treats were included to keep longtime fans feeling like they were part of the Inside Club the best moments were aimed towards.