Previously on The Leftovers, ‘International Assassin’
In last week’s episode of The Leftovers, we learned what drove Patty to the top ranks of the Guilty Remnants. She was given humanity through a personal history that taught monsters are often spawned from abuse and low self-worth.
Season 1 never gave glimpses into what turmoil drove Meg to join the GR. We only knew that once she was in, she never looked back. This season, her rape of Tommy displayed a level of callousness that would have made even Patty sit up and pay attention. This week, Meg’s story taught us some monsters are not bullied into existence, but are bred of over indulgence and narcissism.
On October 13th, Meg was lunching with her mother, squabbling over what they seem to consider petty financial matters – like the proper length of time to repay a loan for boots and who should pay for Meg’s upcoming wedding. Mom seems to be enjoying the chat but Meg has to insert an interruption to excuse herself for a quick cocaine refresher in the restroom. Upon her return, she is confronted with the sight of her mother on the floor as a staff member desperately performs CPR.
The day after Meg’s mom died, 2% of the world up and vanished. The Sudden Departure turned the spotlight away from her mom and her grief, sending Meg on a search for… something. At first, she thought if she could know what her mother was going to say, what her last words would have been, she would feel better. She traveled with her fiance in search of a psychic who would be able to enlighten her. Eventually, she landed in Jarden to meet with Isaac, who was able to give her the information she sought but not the comfort she needed.
Meg sat heartbroken on a bench before a young local tries to comfort her. And this, we learn, is where Evie learned her the knock-knock joke she told her father the day before she disappeared. Between the bench and the bus, Meg develops ice in her eyes. She spits on Jarden and its miracle reputation before riding off into her future.
Modern Meg seems to be encased in ice. She is pushing the limits of even the GR by threatening children and looking at more extreme options for violence. She is called in for a meeting to discuss her methods and you can see the GR leaders are not ready to take her on. She dominates the conversation (a conversation she insists be held vocally) before heading out to continue her rogue plans, which seem to target Miracle.
Meg has recruited other members of the GR and picks up a surprising addition on her travels to Jarden. After visiting Tommy during his Holy Wayne routine, Meg places a final seed of doubt for his current lot in the world. After arguing with his mom, Tommy runs off to ride shotgun on Meg’s path of destruction.
Shockingly, there is one person who is not ready to buy into Meg’s charisma. Matt, of all people, is able to see straight through her innocent demeanor. After chatting outside of town, Matt promises to be her Living Reminder.
Just when you wonder how deep Meg’s devious plot could reach, Tommy makes a huge discovery: Evie and friends are hanging out in a trailer on the farm, members of the Guilty Remnants.
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Summary Meg, Meg, Meg… Wow. While we have seen glimpses into her story, there is still very little understanding for her nature. What is motivating her? Does she have any limits? With only one episode left, we have to wonder how many answers we will get in the finale. Will Evie & Co’s story ever be known?
The Leftovers S2E9
Meg, Meg, Meg… Wow. While we have seen glimpses into her story, there is still very little understanding for her nature. What is motivating her? Does she have any limits? With only one episode left, we have to wonder how many answers we will get in the finale. Will Evie & Co’s story ever be known?