A month into its debut season, HBO still hasn’t announced if it’s renewing The Leftovers, and so we don’t know if all the red herrings Lindelof is dropping into the show will become as portentous or pointless as they were in Lost.

 One thing we do know is that it’s an increasingly secular world, and that the secular want – to paraphrase punk rock legends the Clash – a rapture of their own. Since they’ve made abortion a sacrament and colonized the apocalypse with climate change, it’s not surprising that their rapture looks like a world without meaning or hope.