Despair comes early in The Leftovers. A frazzled mother juggles doing laundry, buckling up her crying baby in the backseat, and talking on the phone. The crying subsides, providing a brief sense of relief, but then she realizes that her child is gone from the carseat, seemingly vanished into thin air. In the same parking lot, a young boy tries to find his missing father. A car that lost its driver smashes into another. All around, people are screaming, calling 911, and searching for loved ones who have suddenly disappeared — unaware that they’ll never see them again.
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