In the end Kevin does believe Nora, but the actress reveals that it was debated on set whether or not she was telling the truth. “In some ways it doesn’t matter. If you tell a story enough times you start to believe it,” Coon says, adding: “I’ll never say what I think out loud because I want [people] to have their own experience and own discovery.”
While offering a vague answer to one of the show’s bigger questions about what happened to the departed, Nora's final speech remains ambiguous, especially if one doubts her reliability as a narrator.
In fact, the only questions Lindelof felt like he and the writers had to answer were: Can these people find a way to feel better? Can they be with each other? And can we lead the audience to a place where they’re fine leaving them here? “Those are the things we had to nail,” he previously told ET ahead of season three, adding that the show will have a finite conclusion.
“That was super important,” Lindelof said of its final moments, while not necessarily clearing up all the mythology. “I can't say to the audience what the takeaway from this is going to be. The Leftovers has always lived in a very ambiguous space that has been very comfortable not resolving the central mystery of the show.”
And for Coon and Theroux, that doesn’t matter. Neither of them walked away from The Leftovers yearning to know more about the show. “One of the reasons I did this project is that I am comfortable with ambiguity, so there wasn’t anything I was expecting,” Coon says, while Theroux adds that it’s human nature to want to know what happened to everyone.
“I’d also like to know, as Justin, where some of my relatives have gone. I would like to know where my lifelong dog, when she passed away, went. I'd like to know why that happened. I’d like to know why people in my life died,” Theroux says. “If anything, that’s what makes our show interesting.”