Amazing show. Emotionally draining but simply stunning performances and a great plot.
Regarding the 'lack' of answers: The show wasn't about the Departure - it was about the Leftovers; the broken shattered people trying to make sense of life. There was never going to be an explanation for everything, and ironically that's what the characters grapple with for 3 seasons. Love, loss, anger, cults, addiction, religion etc. are all born and killed by life happenings, even in our own world - the Departure was yet another bump in the road of human history where no answers were available to make sense of life.
Quoted from turbo20lbs:
I have high standards for shows these days, and very little time for them, so it's gotta be damn good.
The Leftovers has been one of the highest rated and acclaimed shows for three seasons. It is easily one of the best human dramas I have ever watched, although it is wildly depressing. I would highly recommend you give it a fair shot - it is a very short series in the grand scheme.
Quoted from Colsond3:
I always felt shortchanged by Lost, given that the writers' strike killed that show and made them end 4 seasons early. Lost was fully written at 10 seasons, but then the strike made them chop it down to 6. And you could tell...everything was rushed and nothing at all explained. And just saying they were really dead the whole time was just too easy, and didn't fit.
They weren't dead the whole time. Not even maybe.
Quoted from XXVII:
It's been a long time since I watched Lost, but I had a different impression by the explanation at the end. I don't think Jack's father said that everyone was dead the whole time, just that they were dead in the side-flash timeline. Everything else from all previous seasons DID happen in the real world, including the non-side-flash stuff like the epic final battle between Jack and Locke. The side-flash timeline was a purgatory of sorts outside of linear time, so even though all the Lost passengers died at different times in the real world, they all arrived in purgatory together and would move on to what's next together because they weren't bound by time. I think Jack's father said that the reason they were all together in the purgatory was because they all experienced the most profound moments of their lives together. Something like that at least. Maybe I completely misunderstood.