Margene Cunningham

Contains Spoilers: One of Arvilla’s closest friends, and a fellow widow, Margene Cunningham (Kathy Bates) is spirited, supportive, and currently single. Like their friend Carol Brimm (Joan Allen), she’s a Mormon—but, as Margene says, “the fun kind.” Before Joe’s death, Margene had been planning to take a long-awaited cruise in hopes of finding a man,…

Carol Brimm

Contains Spoilers: Carol Brimm (Joan Allen), another of Arvilla’s closest friends, is the epitome of a good Mormon—she’s devout, proper, and maybe a little too uptight. Though she doesn’t entirely agree with Arvilla and Margene’s idea to turn the delivery of Joe’s ashes into a trip, she joins them anyway; her desire to support Arvilla…

Finbar McBride

Contains Spoilers: Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage) is a quiet, reclusive man with a love of trains and a wariness of society. He worked in his friend Henry Styles’ (Paul Benjamin) model train shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, but when Henry passes away, the shop closes down, leaving Fin friendless and unemployed. Upon discovering that Henry’s…

Olivia Harris

Contains Spoilers: Olivia Harris (Patricia Clarkson), one of Fin’s new neighbors, is an artist struggling to cope with the death of her son and recent separation from her husband David (John Slattery). In the wake of her life’s upheaval, she moved from the city to the countryside, hoping, like Fin, to find privacy and isolation…

James Sybesma

James Sybesma was born and raised in Michigan but later moved to Lake Tahoe where he started his career as a blackjack dealer at a local casino. When Bill Blackwell moved to Lake Tahoe, he settled right next to Sybesma. As neighbors, they shared their love of adventure and treasure hunting. Upon retirement, Sybesma joined…

Joe Oramas

Contains Spoilers: Originally from Manhattan, Joe (Bobby Cannavale) has been working his father’s food truck from the lot just outside Fin’s train depot and new residence ever since his father fell ill six weeks ago. Despite disliking country living, he’s friendly, upbeat, and a nonstop talker. His current isolation is incidental and unwelcome, and he…

Jason Kesselring

Jason Kesselring was 39 two years prior to filming, when he received his GED – a proud moment, especially given that his mother was a schoolteacher and his father a missile scientist. Jason had been estranged from his father, Robert Kesselring, for 32 years, and is eager to make up for lost time. When Kesselring…

David Smith

David Smith comes from a long line of “rock-hounds” and spent years combing the desert surrounding Palm Springs for geological treasures with his family. He became friends with Bill Blackwell during high school, and the two have since kept in touch. Smith’s had a varied career including work as a veterinary assistant, rancher, and electrical…

ED

Contains Spoilers: A spirited kid and an All-Star wrestler. The summer before his senior year, Ed became part of the “party crowd” and began to drink excessively. His father decided to take matters into his own hands and, with the help of two local police officers, try to “scare him straight.” They planted drug paraphernalia…

AMANDA

Contains Spoilers: Amanda grew up with her father and struggled in school to overcome the social stigma of the single-parent family. When she was 13, one of her friendships ended badly, and the girl became verbally abusive. Amanda grabbed her, and a fight ensued in the school gymnasium. She was taken to the school office…