The first full trailer for Season 2 of HBO’s The Leftovers has arrived, giving us a look at how things get even darker and weirder as we travel deeper down the rabbit hole.
If you’re unfamiliar, the series comes from Lost alum Damon Lindelof and focuses on the aftermath of a "rapture-level" event that saw a chunk of the world’s population vanish without a trace. But, instead of focusing on the mystery at its core, the series turned the spotlight on the broken people left behind in the aftermath. To mix things up, some of the action in year two is shifting to the small town of Jarden, Texas, which had no mysterious departures.
Surprisingly, the footage here has a slightly more hopeful vibe than fans might expect (this series puts the “D” in depressing), which means we could be in for a bit more balance this year. The first season was great, but drab. A bit of hope would probably do The Leftovers a bit of good.
Check out the full synopsis for Season 2 below. Buckle up, it’s a dense one:
After last season’s elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunged Mapleton into chaos, season two of THE LEFTOVERS finds many searching for a fresh start. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) has retired from his post as chief of police of Mapleton and is moving his new family to Texas. With him is Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), who’s discovered new purpose in caring for the baby she found on Kevin’s doorstep and welcomes leaving behind Mapleton and the incredible tragedy she suffered there. Equally eager to leave the town she grew up in and the friends she made there is Kevin’s daughter, Jill (Margaret Qualley).
Upon their arrival in Jarden, Texas, the newly formed Garvey family meet their neighbors, the Murphys: John (Kevin Carroll) and Erika (Regina King) and their teenage twins, Evie (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Michael (Jovan Adepo). Attracted to this special town and hoping for miracles for his whole family, Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) has moved with his wife, Mary (Janel Moloney), who still suffers from consequences of the terrible car accident on October 14.
Meanwhile, Kevin’s ex-wife, Laurie Garvey (Amy Brenneman), has left the Guilty Remnant and reunited with her son, Tom (Chris Zylka), who may have finally discovered a cause to help replace the pain in his heart. And while Meg (Liv Tyler) remains in the Guilty Remnant, it may not be the same cult she originally joined.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:
Season 2 of The Leftovers debuts Sunday, Oct. 4.