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The Leftovers has revamped its opening credits for season two.
Say goodbye to the emotionally weighty Renaissance-inspired intro from season one. The HBO drama has traded out violins and choral voices for… guitars and fiddles?
That’s right, the new title sequence plays to a country-folk song by Iris DeMent conveniently titled “Let The Mystery Be.” The upbeat tune explores the notion of where people go after they die, concluding that since no one truly knows, it’s best to just “let the mystery be.”
The music is paired with a series of stills that look as though they could be family photographs, together representing common experiences in life — from a parent lying in bed with their child to a teenage boy kneeling down on the football field to a couples’ wedding picture. But indicative of “the Departure,” the mysterious Rapture-like event in the show that caused two percent of the world’s population to disappear, certain people are missing in the shots, and instead replaced with nature-filled silhouettes.
The style of the sequence, which is decidedly lighter in tone than last year’s credits, reinforces what series co-creator Damon Lindelof told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview about keeping the drama’s seemingly inexplicable elements, namely “the Departure,” a mystery. “We are never, ever going to tell you where these people went and why these people were chosen,” he said. “And if that’s the reason that you’re watching the show, I can guarantee you that we’re not going to answer it and that may be frustrating for you.”
Watch the clip above and check out the song lyrics below. The Leftovers returns Sunday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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