“The Leftovers” is pulling up roots for Season 2. After trying to cope with an inexplicable tragedy — the disappearance of two percent of the population on October 14 — by moving past it in Season 1, Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), Nora (Carrie Coon) and a few other key residents of Mapleton are moving on instead. The trailer above shows the Garvey clan moving to Miracle, a Texas town where not one citizen disappeared.
But why make the change? Put simply, they had nothing to lose. After the drama received mostly favorable reviews (and a few raves), HBO had to feel somewhat optimistic about its awards chances — a key element to the premium network’s business strategy. But enough mediocre reviews, as well as a widespread belief that the series was too dour as a whole, kept it out of the Golden Globes in January and the Emmys race going on right now. Ratings were solid (eventually), but it still took HBO longer than normal to renew the high-minded drama from Damon Lindelof. With his pedigree as well as a respected novel by Tom Perrotta, “The Leftovers” needed more accolades to be considered elite.
Another reason for the Season 2 switcheroo stems back to Perrotta’s novel; specifically, that most of the narrative within the book was covered in Season 1. That means Season 2 is very much its own entity, even though Perrotta remains heavily involved in its creation. With all this in mind, why not take a big swing?
Check out the first full trailer for Season 2 above, and stay tuned for more up-to-the-minute coverage of “The Leftovers” on Indiewire.