The Leftovers - Season 2, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

Axis Mundi



Critic Consensus: With "Axis Mundi," The Leftovers opens its second season by offering promises of compelling storylines, terrific acting, and a cinematic aesthetic.

Episode Info

Season 2 opens in a Texas town that was renamed Miracle for having no departures, but longtime resident John Murphy is skeptical of charlatans and carpetbaggers who are trying to profit from this good fortune. Meanwhile, the Murphys welcome new neighbors when Kevin, Nora and Jill relocate from New York, hoping to start a new life.


Justin Theroux
as Kevin Garvey
Amy Brenneman
as Laurie Garvey
Carrie Coon
as Nora Durst
Ann Dowd
as Patti Levin
Margaret Qualley
as Jill Garvey
Janel Moloney
as Mary Jamison
Regina King
as Erika Murphy
Kevin Carroll
as John Murphy
Chris Zylka
as Tom Garvey
Jovan Adepo
as Michael Murphy
Jasmin Savoy Brown
as Evie Murphy
Dominic Burgess
as Dr. Goodheart
Sara Tomko
as The Woman
Timothy Eric
as Reverend Massey
Turk Pipkin
as Pillar Man
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Critic reviews for Axis Mundi

This episode highlights exactly what makes The Leftovers not just one of the best shows on television but specifically better than more popular shows.

October 5, 2015 | Full Review…

That opening. Wow.

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

The stakes couldn't have been higher, and, if I may mix my metaphors, they all cleared the bar with inches to spare.

October 5, 2015 | Rating: 9.4/10 | Full Review…

If "Axis Mundi" is any indication, it should be an interesting season that offers more compelling material upfront than season one ever dared.

October 5, 2015 | Full Review…

[The firmer grasp on plot] still doesn't make The Leftovers a great show, but it makes it a great social exercise. This was a premiere I was glad i watched, but I never, ever want to watch it again. Ever.

October 5, 2015 | Full Review…

What a wonderful premiere. Yes, a reset button has been pushed, and the end result is The Leftovers Season 2 Episode 1 delivered one of its best hours. It's fresh, mysterious and full of possibilities, with a decidedly wicked edge.

October 5, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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