The Prodigal Son Returns



Critic Consensus: "The Prodigal Son Returns" balances gripping horror against deeply felt drama, adding up to a white-knuckle season finale that still manages to retain The Leftovers' essential humanity.

Episode Info

In the Season 1 finale, Mapleton descends into chaos after a Memorial Day mission by the Guilty Remnant. Meanwhile, Kevin gets an unexpected assist out of a jam in another town; Holy Wayne grants his final wish; Tom adjusts to a new life; and Nora mulls a difficult decision.


Justin Theroux
as Kevin Garvey
Amy Brenneman
as Laurie Garvey
Carrie Coon
as Nora Durst
Christopher Eccleston
as Matt Jamison
Ann Dowd
as Patti Levin
Charlie Carver
as Scott Frost
Max Carver
as Adam Frost
Chris Zylka
as Tom Garvey
Amanda Warren
as Lucy Warburton
Annie Q.
as Christine
Scott Glenn
as Kevin Garvey Sr.
Frank Harts
as Dennis Luckey
Patrick Husted
as Louis Patterson
Natalie Gold
as Sam's Mother
Viki Boyle
as Older Crying Woman
Marjorie Johnson
as Weeping GR
Adam McNulty
John Sharian
as Agent Davidoff
Mary Shultz
as Marie Patterson
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Critic Reviews for The Prodigal Son Returns

It was an overwhelming hour of television, leaving much to discuss before Season 2. Let's get started.

Jan 27, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

After a torturous week of suspense, The Leftovers concludes its freshman season with a gloriously horrifying finale.

Oct 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Love it or hate it - and 50-odd savage minutes of "The Prodigal Son" absolutely affirmed my love for it - The Leftovers isn't really like anything else on television, past or present.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Prodigal Son Returns" was chilling and cathartic, with many tears shed throughout.

Oct 6, 2015 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

After nearly 10 hours of pain, the series left us with the suggestion that hope and humanity can persevere, even in the cruelest of circumstances.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

The message has an incantatory quality to it, the declarative repetitions striving to magic away the darkness that descends upon realizing that there's no going back.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Season 1 ends on a hopeful, yet incredibly confusing and depressing and emotional note.

Oct 5, 2015 | Full Review…

I'm not totally sold on whatever The Leftovers is trying to get me to buy, but the last chunk of this episode is magical.

Oct 5, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The Leftovers stays true to co-creator Damon Lindelof's promise that there will be no Answers.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

In the end, the finale delivered what was promised... It's not a bad place to start season 2.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…