With the first episodes of Season 2 getting their very own TIFF premiere last week, “The Returned,” SundanceTV’s sleek and creepy French drama, will now gear up for its return to the small screen at the end of next month. A glimpse of the upcoming season has emerged in the form of a striking portrait gallery of some of the titular returned. Expect icy stares aplenty.
The series, which takes place in a mountainous French hamlet, chronicles the shocking return of previously dead townspeople to their homes, triggering an unearthing of a complex web of buried secrets and new mysteries. The second season promises to continue to deliver plenty of chilly thrills. According to the official synopsis, “The Returned” picks up six months after the deceased gathered outside the Helping Hand shelter before disappearing into the mountains. Since then, nothing has been heard of them or the police who fought to protect the Helping Hand shelter’s residents. In present day, Adèle (Clotide Hesme) is about to give birth to Simon’s child, part of the town is still flooded and the dam remains under surveillance, with the army providing logistical support for those residents who have chosen to stay. Rumors abound that the dead have returned, but the authorities refuse to believe them. The rare witnesses have chosen to remain silent or are not taken seriously, among them Léna (Jenna Thiam) and her father Jérôme (Frédéric Pierrot), who have not given up hope of finding Claire and Camille. But when a mysterious man named Berg (Laurent Lucas) pays a visit to the town, it appears he knows more than he claims.”
“The Returned” will premiere its second season just in time for Halloween at 10pm October 31st on SundanceTV. See the beautifully unsettling cast photos below.