A much happier Kevin Garvey in The Leftovers. (Showtime)

‘The Leftovers’ Season 2 Premiere Recap: Do You Believe in Miracles?

Last year it seemed weird that so many people found The Leftovers to be a joyless, miserable slog while also celebrating joyless, unbelievably popular miserable slogs like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Maybe meditations on loss, the fragility of the social contract, and PTSD are only palatable when served up with a side order of people getting hacked apart? Or maybe it’s that spending an hour everySunday night watching sad sacks wallow is more fun when you know there’s a massacre right around the corner, maybe it’s safer to meditate on loss et al when that meditation is a MacGuffin for freaky special effects and not the point of the show.

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