But The Leftovers always digs deeper. In the final stretch of the finale, Kevin reveals that he was lying about not remembering their relationship and that he's spent years searching for her. In turn, Nora invites Kevin into her home to tell him a story over tea. In one of the show's most dazzling scenes, Nora tells Kevin what happened post-radiation-machine: She traveled to a mirror version of our own world where the missing 2% now live in relative isolation, she saw her children and husband with a new wife, decided she didn't belong with them, found the inventor of the radiation machine, forced him to build another version of it, and returned to our world.
It's a wonky story. But the actual content of Nora's tale and the veracity of it aren't the most important part of the scene. Is Nora telling the truth? It doesn't really matter. What matters is her asking Kevin if he believes her. The ability to be seen, loved, and understood by another person trumps any larger theological question. "Why wouldn't I believe you?" Kevin says to Nora, gripping her hand from across the small wooden table. "You're here."