‘The Leftovers’: Damon Lindelof, Cast Tease Season 2 Changes

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‘The Leftovers’: Damon Lindelof, Cast Tease Season 2 Changes.

“The first season of the show we make no apologies for,” the former Lost co-creator said Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour, adding: “We wanted to ground the world. The Leftovers is not only resurrecting Ann Dowd’s very-much-dead Patti in Season 2, the HBO drama is bringing the pot-stirrer back as a full-fledged series regular. There’s a scene in the trailer for Season 2, which returns to HBO on October 4, where the characters are at dinner and literally say, “What if we just left?” — meaning, get the hell out of this depressing place.

Now HBO has revealed the premiere date and more details about why everyone is heading to Texas — because there’s a magical town there, left untouched by The Departure. But co-creators Lindelof and Perrotta ran out of source material at the conclusion of season one, and have since been tasked with inventing new and original storylines for season two, which is set to bow October 4. “This season is not a reboot,” Lindelof emphasized from stage, “it’s the next chapter.” The upcoming ten-episodes will expand on the book’s original concept of a rapture-like event, “The Departure,” and how ordinary people react to unexplainable events like it. Oct. 4) is pulling up stakes from its original location in New York and moving its returning characters to Teaxs. “Season one was about how a fmaily fell apart,” said novelist/executive producer Tom Perrotta. “Season two is about how a family tries to come back together.” More than three years ago, 2% of the world’s population inexplicably vanished. 140 million people, gone in an instant. Regarding what form Patti will take, Lindelof ruled out one prevailing theory. “We don’t want to use her as a Shakespearean ghost, which is to say she’s someone there just to comment on the action.

It’ll also bring a location change, as teased in the most recent trailer, removing most of the characters from their longtime home in Mapleton, New York. Still, there’s a definite bridge between the two. “The dramatic conflict of Season 2 is that Season 1 is trying to get in,” Lindelof said. “We’re not subbing out plot for character development and emotion, which I think is the lifeblood of the show,” he added. She’s in the show, but we don’t really want to talk too specifically about how she manifests.” As previously reported, Season 2 — bowing Sunday, Oct. 4 — finds Kevin, Nora & Co. relocating to Jarden, Texas, a small town that holds the distinction of being the only city in the world that suffered zero losses in the Sudden Departure. Lindelof revealed that the new season would be a little more plot-driven (read: there’s a new mystery), but not at the expense of “character development and emotion,” which was the “lifeblood” of Season 1. With him is new lover, Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), who’s found purpose in caring for the baby she found on Kevin’s doorstep at the end of the last season.

He explained the reason for the location change, noting that it’d make sense that the Garveys wouldn’t want to stay in the same place geographically — or emotionally, for that matter — after the terrible tragedy that they’ve suffered through. Also, be sure to sign up here to get some other TV news on all we cover, sent right to you courtesy of our official CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: HBO.)

Upon their arrival in the “miracle” town, the newly formed Garvey family meet their neighbors, the Murphys (played by Kevin Carroll, Regina King,Jasmin Savoy Brown and Jovan Adepo), a local family who seem to have been spared from the event that shocked the rest of the world. When asked about the event, Lindelof did everything but confirm the plot twist, acknowledging that he’s “sick of keeping secrets.” Back in Mapleton, Kevin’s ex-wife Laurie (Amy Brenneman) has left the Guilty Remnant (the dark, religious cult that wrecked havoc in the town) and reunited with her son, Tom (Chris Zylka), who may have finally discovered a cause to help replace the pain in his heart. The cast of season two includes Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka, Regina King, Kevin Carroll, Jovan Adepo and Janel Moloney. 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.

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