12:16pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
'The Leftovers' Season 2 Trailer Teases Second Departure
The Leftovers is getting a fresh start.
The HBO series dropped its first full-length trailer for the second season of the mysterious drama, and it appears that the people of Mapleton are hoping to catch a much-need break.
Based on Tom Perrotta's novel of the same name, the first season of the show explored what happens in a small New York suburb after two percent of the world's population inexplicably vanishes. Since co-creators Damon Lindelof and Perrotta used up all of their source material by the conclusion of season one, they've invented new and original storylines for season two, which is set to bow October 4.
As was revealed in an earlier teaser, several key characters, including the Garvey family, relocate to a new "miracle" town — Jarden, Texas, a special city that was spared from the "departure," as they call the tragic event. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) leaves his job as the police chief and takes his new lover, Nora (Carrie Coon), South with him and his daughter (Margaret Qualley).
But it's not all unicorns and rainbows after the move. In fact, the clip hints that there could be a second departure coming in season 2 — and this time Jarden might not remain unscathed.
On July 30 at the show's Television Critics Association panel, Lindelof emphasized that he has no regrets about the drama's freshman run. "The first season of the show we make no apologies for. We wanted to ground the world," he said on stage. "To some, that maybe have felt bleak and depressing — but to us, it felt honest."
The former Lost showrunner also emphasized that the upcoming season is merely the next chapter, not a reboot, as some are calling it. "Season one was about how a family fell apart," he explained, "and season two is about how a family comes back together."
The Leftovers returns Sunday, October 4 at 9 p.m. Watch the trailer here: