The Departed Were All People Their Loved Ones Wanted Gone
One fan on Reddit pointed out that in every case in which someone Departed, their loved ones resented them at the time. The woman in the pilot whose baby vanished was previously on the phone, wishing her son would stop crying. When Nora’s family vanished, it was during a moment in which she resented their presence. Laurie’s unborn baby vanished as she was pondering how she didn’t want it. Kevin’s affair vanished. The Department of Sudden Departures seems to take this into account in their questionnaires. Although the show will not answer where the Departed people went, it is indeed implying that a certain amount of resentment was directed towards them — no matter how loved they were.
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