As intriguing a character as Lodz was, we never really knew who he was or where he came from. But Carnivale was more centered on the time period of the Dust Bowl period in Middle America. Then include the themes of good versus evil, magic, the personal journey to an uncertain future. The show would have been extended with an origin episode for each of the main characters. I remember one scene in an episode where a photograph of Samson in his younger days as a performer in a freak show. It seemed to me that the life of a traveling carnival was all that he ever knew and it is there he knew where he stood.