TV Club: The elder Kevin Garvey endures another test of faith on The Leftovers

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Michael Schur, who created NBC’s fantastic afterlife sitcom The Good Place, has talked about the influence Damon Lindelof had on his series. When the show was in its earliest developmental phase, Schur called up Lindelof to ask for some informal guidance on how a show set in the afterlife would work, particularly one with a heavy element of mystery. According to Schur, Lindelof was a huge help in determining how to pace the show and when to parcel out information. “He actually I think said to me, ‘You just need to know where you’re going,’” Schur recalled in the interview with The A.V. Club’s own Erik Adams. I thought about that interview quite a bit during the first two-thirds of “Crazy Whitefella Thinking,” an episode of The Leftovers that initially found me needing my faith in the show reinforced.

That’s not because “Crazy Whitefella Thinking ...