The Leftovers – 03×01 Ending scene analysis

Hi guys! Rewatching the first episode of Season 3, I tried to find out more about the church in the final scene. Here’s what I found: the church is named after Saint Mary MacKillop. She is the first Australian Saint, also known as Mother Mary of the Cross. She was born in January 1842 (the opening scene with the Millerite movement took place in 1844). She obtained the title of Saint for curing a woman with leukemia.

“Mary MacKillop was an ordinary person who lived an extraordinary life, an unconventional life that saw her triumph over adversities and obstacles placed in her way. She truly was a woman who lived her life out of the ordinary.”

Her formal canonization took place in Rome, on October 17, 2010 (a year before the Sudden Departure). Here’s a picture of one of her churches I found on marymackillop.orgIt’s very similar to the church we see in episode one ending scene.

“Saint Mary MacKillop”

This is the final proof that the ending scene takes place in Australia. We don’t know exactly where, but according to this map the church should be somewhere between Melbourne and Sydney, maybe in a rural area far from the city.

Also, these are the messages that were brought by the doves:

We can clearly see that all these messages are about Love. We can read “be happy…”, “shut up and kiss me”, “spread the”, and a lot of “love”. The nun also says “Don’t usually get so many so close together… love is in the air”.

What if this are actually song titles? “Shut up and kiss me” “Love is in the air”… Also, in the following picture it really looks like the nun is watching doves fly and listening to music…

From Wikipedia: According to the biblical story (Genesis 8:11), a dove was released by Noah after the flood in order to find land; it came back carrying a freshly plucked olive leaf (Hebrew: עלה זית alay zayit),[Gen 8:11] a sign of life after the Flood and of God’s bringing Noah, his family and the animals to land. Rabbinic literature interpreted the olive leaf as “the young shoots of the Land of Israel”[2] or the dove’s preference for bitter food in God’s service, rather than sweet food in the service of men.[3][4][5]