Showtime has released the first The Affair trailer for its upcoming drama series, and it is not at all what I expected. Starring Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther) and told separately from the male and female perspectives, the series is described as the exploration of two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of the affair that disrupts them. However, this first teaser trailer has a much darker tone to it and actually feels a bit reminiscent of HBO’s phenomenal True Detective. There appears to be a framing device, an investigation of some sort, and a deeply traumatic event at play. It’s really compelling stuff, especially in the way they set up the West and Wilson’s characters, and this trailer has me 100% committed to checking out the pilot.
Hit the jump to check out The Affair trailer and poster. Executive produced by Sarah Treem (House of Cards) and Hagai Levi (In Treatment), the show also stars Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney. The Affair premieres on Showtime on October 12th at 10pm ET/PT.