‘The Leftovers’: Who Is David Burton? [List of Every Appearance]


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An enormous a part of tonight’s episode of The Leftovers, Season three Episode 5, was the looks of David Burton, a person who has been talked about steadily in The Leftovers however by no means targeted on till now. Right here’s his background and each time he was talked about in earlier episodes, together with an in-depth take a look at what occurred tonight. This text has spoilers for Season three Episode 5.

We Noticed David Burton in Kevin’s Worldwide Murderer Episode


This isn’t the primary time we’ve seen David Burton. Actually, he performed an enormous position in Kevin Garvey Jr.’s “Worldwide Murderer” episode final season.

David Burton was the thriller man in Kevin’s imaginative and prescient who pulled Kevin out of the automotive when he was stopped on the bridge with child-Patti. He put a noose round Kevin’s neck and dragged him down the bridge, asking him what he was doing with the woman. Kevin advised him he was taking her to the properly to throw her in it. David requested her if the woman’s resisting and Kevin stated no. David stated it was as a result of the woman needed to be thrown in as a result of it was identical to a lady, considering she might enhance him.

“I don’t perceive.”

“That’s bloody apparent,” David stated.


Then David advised him he had a selection: “cross or leap.” He advised Kevin that if he killed child-Patti, he’d by no means be the identical. “None of that is actual,” Kevin stated in response. However the man stated, “Pal, that is extra actual than it’s ever been” after which whispered one thing in Kevin’s ear that the viewers couldn’t hear however it appeared to actually impression Kevin.

Kevin Met David Burton Once more within the Season 2 Finale’s Karaoke Scene


David Burton made one other look in Season 2 Episode 10, when Kevin is shot by John and seemingly dies once more. As soon as once more, he wakes up in a bathtub and climbs out, this time sporting a Mapleton uniform. At a bar, David is there once more and tells him he can’t return to his world till he sings karaoke.

“You're keen on your loved ones, it’s not your time, nonetheless have a lot to stay for,” David stated. “Come on, be unique mate, why do you have to return and the remainder of us…”

“As a result of I need to… Now inform me how.”

“If you wish to get out of right here, all it's a must to do is sing… The trial, it’s beneath you, it’s not elegant sufficient, it’s too straightforward. You pushed a bit of woman right into a nicely, you don’t need to sing?”

So Kevin sings and returns to Earth, alive:

David Burton Was Talked about in Different Episodes, Too

Burton with Matt (HBO)

Along with his two appearances, Burton was talked about in different episodes. In Season 2 Episode 1, Michael acquired a letter from the person on the pillar in Miracle. It was presupposed to be despatched to David Burton in Sydney, Australia.

In Season 2 Episode three, we study extra about Burton from a information broadcast on TV. The broadcaster talks a few resurrection declare popping out of Australia, the place a person that witnesses stated was lifeless got here out of a collapse Wanneroo, simply outdoors of Perth, now alive. Witnesses stated he “walked out coated in mozzie bites, saying he’d simply been in a lodge.”

So this eludes to the concept Burton additionally visited a lodge on the opposite aspect when he died, identical to Kevin. Later in the identical episode, a writer speaking to Laurie stated that the person believed he couldn’t die.

Then tonight, we study a number of extra specifics about Burton’s accident.  He died in a mountaineering accident, his pal took him to a cave, and when his pal got here again, David was alive and simply advantageous. (This does, nevertheless, depart the likelihood open that David and his associates made the entire thing up, since they could have been the one witnesses to his demise.)

So Who Was David Burton?


This week, we discovered extra about David Burton. He was handing out playing cards that stated “I Am God.” Matt learn the again of the cardboard, which stated partially:

I'm the one true God. I'm going by many names however Mr. Burton is ok. I can't take a photograph with you. There was no Massive Bang, simply nothing then mild. Sure I created you. No I didn’t create unicorns. Eve was not created from Adam’s rib, it was his tibia. I requested Abraham to kill Isaac simply to see if he’d do it. Sure evolution is actual nevertheless it doesn’t work the way you assume it does. I gained the bronze medal for decathlon and the one you'll be able to’t keep in mind is the hammer throw. No I had nothing to do with the crusades nor any sort of genocide/Holocaust.”


Burton was a sophisticated man. He admitted to Matt that he threw the person overboard. However he wouldn't inform the authorities “as a result of I’m the authority.” He additionally stated he solely gained the bronze within the decathlon as a result of that was “earlier than.” He claimed Jesus wasn’t his son and by no means got here again to life, however Jesus’ similar twin brother pretended to be him. He additionally claimed to have healed Matt simply by snapping his finger. However he did declare duty for the departure, saying he did it “as a result of I might.”

On the finish, David was killed by Frasier the Lion’s descendant.

If we're to think about Matt as a “disciple” of Kevin, just like the disciples of Christ, then Matt might have performed a task in exposing and killing an “anti-Christ” sort character who claimed to be God however was not. It’s potential that Burton by no means resurrected in any respect, however the entire thing was a narrative made up by his good friend to make him well-known. Solely his pal truly noticed him die, there was no actual proof of it. He could possibly be an “anti-Kevin” so to talk.

Or maybe he was actual, to an extent. Perhaps he had the identical talents as Kevin and knew about as a lot as Kevin did about the entire thing, he simply used his fame to his benefit and had less-than-honorable motives.

We is perhaps tempted to consider the latter is the case, since he did seem within the afterlife to Kevin and positive appeared to know lots about what was happening. He performed the position of a information. But, not everybody who appeared in Kevin’s lodge visions was truly an actual individual. So David’s look doesn’t essentially imply that the entity Kevin spoke to in his visions was truly David Burton.

Then there’s one other principle: that David is extra of a Devil-like creature. Matt appears to be being examined for his religion time and again. Like Job, he misplaced his baby and his spouse turned towards him. Like Job, he’s now sick. So it’s attainable that David Burton is a Devil-like character despatched to check Matt. Matt even asks: “Why?” (identical to Job did.)

What do you assume? Did David actually have god-like talents or was he a pretend? Tell us your ideas within the feedback under.

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