(WARNING: This article contains spoilers for The Leftovers. You've been warned.)
The Leftovers is one of the best shows I've ever seen and yet not one person I know watches it. Where is the hype that shows like Stranger Things, The OA or Mr. Robot (rightly) receive? Leftovers fans like myself have now come to accept that we're the perpetual underdogs. I digress.
Do you know what is really keeping me up at night? Wondering whether the main protagonist Kevin (played by the awesome #JustinTheroux) is Jesus, isn't Jesus, or something else entirely. So let's unpick that, shall we?
He's Gotta Be Jesus, Right?
He survived purgatory, has his own merry set of followers and sports a sweet-ass beard. All pretty Jesus-y if you ask me. Plus he can't die, despite being shot, attempting suicide through drowning, oh, and starting the day right with a casual bit of asphyxiation. He literally crawled out of his own grave and lived to tell the tale. Surely, surely, that makes him the son of God?
OK, So He's Not Jesus, But Jesus 2.0?
Maybe Matt's (Christopher Eccleston) new book is not a re-written Bible but a sequel to the good book, with Kevin as the leading man. So he's not Jesus as such, but a better and/or different version (most sequels don't live up to the original though, let's be honest). He could be a modern version of Jesus, a post-rapture Jesus, or a Jesus Gotham might not want but the one that it needs.
Or, Maybe He's Just A Normal Dude?
Kevin is a good man, but he's also hopefully flawed. He's shot animals, killed humans, even pushed a child down a well (though who hasn't, am I right?). I'm pretty sure Jesus never shot a dog, plus I think Jesus would take a much better stab at Homeward Bound. Theroux himself thinks his character has had enough of being compared to Christ, telling TVGuide.com:
"I think he's more annoyed that people are putting that on him, because I think it's probably a chapter — at least the mythology behind him being killed a million times — it's a chapter that he would prefer to forget. So, I think the fact that anyone is building it into any kind of folklore he finds highly annoying-ish."
Scratch That, He's Probably The Antichrist
With all of the comparisons to Jesus that characters on the show and eager fans such as myself discuss, we've not considered that he might actually be the very opposite. Beelzebub, Lucifer, the Devil — whatever your preferred moniker for the Antichrist — it's just as possible that Kevin could be the Prince of Darkness as well as the Prince of Peace.
As Alissa Wilkinson writes for Vox.com:
"Now that he’s gone through resurrection and seems to be unkillable, he’s being seen as a Christ figure — quite explicitly, with Matt writing a new 'gospel' for him. Kevin seems to both hate this and be a little intrigued by it. And that seems like a dead giveaway."
A dead giveaway for him being the ANTICHRIST. Or not. I just don't know anymore.
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