The Leftovers, the Damon Lindelof produced HBO drama based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, is amping up for the release of its second season this October, with an initial teaser trailer promising a change of location to a small, Texas town. Based on what we already know regarding the plot for the show’s return, the Garvey family will be setting up camp in a community that has self-reportedly experienced zero departures, though all may not be as it seems.
With a new cast of supporting characters to go along with the novel setting for the show’s drama to unfold within, viewers might just be looking at the very same change of narrative pace and tone that was previously promoted. Based on the Leftovers season two full-length trailer (see above), things look to be on track for an intriguing continuation of the series (far beyond the reaches of Perrotta’s book).
In the latest trailer from HBO (see above), viewers are offered glimpses of the Garvey family relocating from Mapleton, New York to a small hamlet called Miracle in Texas – a place that, based on first appearances, looks to be as blessed as its name suggests. Once the Garveys arrive, however, a resident vanishes, prompting the return of the tense drama that has served to define the series.
Additionally shocking is the re-appearance of Guilty Remnant leader Patti Levin (Ann Dowd), who was presumed dead (and may still be). The new Leftovers season two trailer also introduces the Garveys new next-door neighbors the Murphys, who will purportedly feature heavily in the episodes that lie ahead.
It doesn’t look like viewers will be offered any relief in terms of the show’s established ethereal gloom and doom, during Leftovers season two. Lindelof, who has made a name for himself with imaginative works like TV’s Lost and the critically-divisive Prometheus, appears to be doing much the the same with his HBO series. Indeed, the surreal tragedy season two promises to be just as emotionally disorienting and raw as its immediate predecessor.
Having run out of material from Perrotta’s novel to pull from, however, Lindelof has his work cut out for him – something that may not work out in the long run (given his track record with Lost). The show-runner’s penchant for strange and bizarre narrative choices hasn’t stopped him yet, though his latest project comes with the expectations already established by fans of the novel and the show alike. That’s yet another hefty challenge for the stalwart speculative-fiction filmmaker to overcome.
The Leftovers Season 2 will premiere on HBO on Sunday, October 4th, 2015.