Season 2 of HBO’s “The Leftovers” adds Regina King (now Emmy winner Regina King), Kevin Carroll, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Jovan Adepo to its cast. The new season will tell the tale of two families this time: The Garveys will be joined by a new clan: the Murphys, a family of four who seems to have been spared from the event that shook the rest of the world.
For the initiated, the series follows a global cataclysm called “The Sudden Departure,” when 140 million people disappeared without a trace. Three years later, residents of Mapleton, N.Y. try to maintain equilibrium when the notion of “normal” no longer applies. Intense grief has divided families and turned faith to cynicism, paranoia and madness, leading some of the traumatized to join the Guilty Remnant, which is a cult-like group. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), a beleaguered police chief, must keep peace between townspeople and the cult, a task made tougher with concern about his kids.
Season 2 finds many searching for a fresh start. Kevin Garvey has now 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).
That’s your set-up for what you’re about to watch below.
The ten-episode second season is scheduled to premiere on October 4, 2015. I started binge-watching season 1 over the weekend, and should be done with it before season 2 starts.
HBO has released a “Meet The Murphys” featurette, which immediately follows; after it, you’ll find a full trailer for the upcoming season.