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The Leftovers Preview: “Don’t Be Ridiculous” 

The Leftovers Preview: “Don’t Be Ridiculous”
Photo Credit: Van Redin/HBO
Photo Credit: Van Redin/HBO

WARNING: Slight spoilers for The Leftovers

Some of The Leftovers‘ most acclaimed episodes are the ones that focus solely on one character. And although it’s not as singular as previous iterations, in episode two of season three, “Don’t Be Ridiculous,” we’re going to be served up a full hour of Nora Durst as the star of the show.

In this episode, Nora, a fraud investigator with the Department of Departures, is off to St. Louis to look into a scam convincing people that they can see their departed loved ones again.

Nora puts on a brave face, but we know from her previous actions that she’s not immune to someone preying on her grief. Frankly, she might be the show’s most damaged character, not to mention one of the most important, considering that much of the first season weighed on her ability to be “OK.” What we’ll have to wait and see is if Nora ends up falling victim to the very scam she’s investigating. After all, in season one’s “Guest,” she did buy into Wayne’s ability to hug the pain away.

It also seems like some of our favorite characters (and some not-so-favorite ones) who weren’t in the season premiere will be making appearances in this episode, so keep your eyes peeled for some familiar faces.

There’s also a growing suggestion of a dramatic setting change coming to The Leftovers. It’s no question Australia is going to be playing a major role in the final episodes of this series. And given our peek at Nora’s future as a woman who goes by Sarah and tends to carrier pigeons in the Australian countryside, there’s a whole lot that needs to be explained this season, and it very well might begin with “Don’t Be Ridiculous.”

The final season of The Leftovers airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on HBO.

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