Advertisements I love that idea. Imagine a world where 98% of people suddenly vanished. As we've seen it's pretty easy to imagine a world where 2% vanished. Life and the world is pretty much like it was. But if 98% are gone? You wouldn't probably know or be related to anyone left. Wouldn't be long before basic essentials stopped working - phones, electricity, TV and radio, gasoline availability. Let's not forget food and water. Nora's description of Mapleton being grown over was interesting. It was hard to not think it odd that her family with the new woman just happily lived in their old house. It was difficult enough to get people to use it coming from the 98% world 7 years later. Imagine what it would be like trying to convince people in the 2% world, 15 years after their separation that they could go back.