Justin Theroux

'The Leftovers' recap: Don't drink the water

'The Leftovers' recap: Don't drink the water

In one of the most moving passages in Virgil’s “Aenid,” protagonist Aeneas finds his father in the underworld and asks him why so many souls were gathered around a distant river. His father details for him the process that souls must undergo upon reaching the underworld, how the act of living gets ingrained in their skin and time must be spent cleansing themselves of their former lives.

After enough time is spent, like buffalo bones bleached in the sun, the souls move forward in their journey, toward the river of Lethe, the river of forgetfulness, where they drink the water and forget, truly forget the people they were before, and are finally ready to ascend to the...