The Leftovers Season 2 is a go. HBO is known for renewing many of its original series fairly early in their runs, but after seven episodes, the network had yet to make a public decision regarding its bleak new drama series. The uncertainty is over, however, as THR reports that HBO has officially ordered a second season of the show from executive producers Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. I’ve watched every episode of The Leftovers thus far, but I still couldn’t really tell you what it’s about. More after the jump.
Technically, The Leftovers revolves around the aftermath surrounding a massive “Sudden Departure”, in which 2% of the world’s population vanished. The two standalone episodes (“Two Boats and a Helicopter” and, particularly, “Guest”) were brilliant, but I’ve found the rest of the show to be a bit of a mixed bag. The uncertainty surrounding this whole Guilty Remnant business and whether or not there are supernatural goings-on is getting frustrating, but the performances by Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon are highly compelling.
This is a particularly different show for Lindelof, and I’m very curious to see where he takes things in the second season. As season one has progressed, there have been references to a “more than meets the eye” aspect to the show, but I’m not convinced that’s really where its heart lies. The inner turmoil of the principal characters is the main focus, and that remains the most interesting aspect of the show. I’m still not sure if I’m “with” The Leftovers, but as of now, I’m intrigued enough to stick around through Season 2 to find out.
How are you feeling about The Leftovers thus far? Are you hungry for answers to the supernatural-esque aspects of the show, or are you more concerned with the character drama at play? Sound off in the comments below. And if you missed any of Allison’s recaps, click here.