Fans familiar with the haunting, melancholy theme of HBO’s “The Leftovers” are in for a shock when they see (and hear) the show’s new opening credits. HBO has released the brand new sequence to Season 2 of its post-apocalyptic drama “The Leftovers” ahead of its premiere on Sunday. Aesthetically bright and cheery, with a bouncy, energetic folk song laid over still images of happy family photos, these credits are nothing like the old ones. In each photo, one of the subjects has disappeared “Back to the Future”-style, faded into a silhouette showing a celestial background underneath.
It’s a spooky reference to the mass disappearance that provides the premise for the show, and in sharp contrast to the first season’s opening credits, which featured a melancholy orchestral theme over painted visions of the rapture. HBO has been trying to get the word out about Season 2’s new direction, and the above video may just do the trick.
Fans should also take note of Ann Dowd’s name in the credits, a curious inclusion considering [Season 1 Spoiler Alert] her character’s suicide in Season 1. How and in what way she’ll return remains one of the series’ more captivating mysteries.
“The Leftovers” Season 2 will premiere Sunday, October 4 at 9pm on HBO.