HBO Renews THE LEFTOVERS for Season 2

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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.

the-leftovers-season-1-episode-6-guestTechnically, 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.

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  • Dave Franco

    I’ve seen every episode so far, and I’m interested in both the character drama AND the “supernatural” aspect of the show. I think it’s infinitely more interesting than anything on HBO right now and have been enjoying how they are telling story as opposed to other shows with their straight forward boring storytelling techniques (or “let me make you care about this character and then kill it” storytelling). And so far everything, to me, makes sense within the world. That can’t be said about other shows (Cough True Blood Cough).

    • LEM

      You sound like you have Hep-V.

    • LEM

      You sound like you have Hep-V.

    • LEM

      You sound like you have Hep-V.

  • Jack Dennis

    Well I guess that takes Justin Theroux from directing Zoolander 2.Hopefully Ben Still returns to Direct it.

    • LEM

      He’s gonna direct over Skype.

      • Jack Dennis

        thats one way to do it lol

  • Marisa

    I’ve been waiting to hear if this would get a second season. I finished reading the book a couple of weeks ago and would recommend it to anyone curious about the show. The book is mostly satire and non of the presumed supernatural elements are present in the book.

    What keeps me tuning in each week is to see how they are changing and expanding the story plus I think the performances are just terrific for such a melancholy show. So far most of the major plot points have happened fairly closely
    (in my opinion) to the book.

    They have expanded/changed and added a bunch of characters but the thing with the stoning of the GR member in episode (5?) is a diversion that I’m watching closely to see if they come back around to the same ending as the book. I found that the GR story in the book was pretty shocking and I can see how some of the pieces are there on the show just different.

  • Marisa

    I’ve been waiting to hear if this would get a second season. I finished reading the book a couple of weeks ago and would recommend it to anyone curious about the show. The book is mostly satire and non of the presumed supernatural elements are present in the book.

    What keeps me tuning in each week is to see how they are changing and expanding the story plus I think the performances are just terrific for such a melancholy show. So far most of the major plot points have happened fairly closely
    (in my opinion) to the book.

    They have expanded/changed and added a bunch of characters but the thing with the stoning of the GR member in episode (5?) is a diversion that I’m watching closely to see if they come back around to the same ending as the book. I found that the GR story in the book was pretty shocking and I can see how some of the pieces are there on the show just different.

    • theseeker7

      “None of the presumed supernatural elements are present in the book”…

      Really? wow. See I find that particularly curious, because one of the main things that jumped out to me as intriguing when I first heard last year that Lindelof was aiming to adapt this into a series, was part of the one and only Stephen King himself, his review saying “this novel is like the best ‘Twilight Zone’ episode you never saw”.

      So, granted, I didn’t necessarily expect something on the level of Lost again (well and Lindelof himself stated that he didn’t want to already do another TV show that was *that* steeped in mysterious mythology), but I had planned on giving the book a look after the end of this season (whether it got a s2 pick up or not), and I’m just very surprised to hear you say that the original material has virtually nothing supernatural about it.

      **spoiler**
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      I had already learned though, btw, that the book doesn’t give an explanation on what exactly the ‘departure’ is, and I was okay with that.

      • Marisa

        Maybe it’s just the mindset I had when I went in to it when I started reading the book but I don’t see what Stephen King is talking about at all. Me calling it a satire might be stretching it some but that’s only because I have never read any other Tom Perrotta novels and I had heard the term satire used to describe at least some of his books, probably Election. If you really don’t care about spoilers just look at the Wikipedia page, it has a very good synopsis of the book and you’ll see there are no mentions of supernatural.

        You are totally correct in your spoiler, but for one of the kind of supernatural angles the show is making Holy Wayne out to be much more than he was in the book. ****SPOILER****…… but in the book he’s just a very sad man who loses his son in the Sudden Departure and becomes a big fraud with pedophile tendencies after he gets a taste of power and fame. People believe he can do what he says because they want it to be true and to have the burden of their pain taken away, even if it’s just a sugar pill/placebo effect.

        So far they have done the five main story lines ((Kevin’s, Nora’s (although 95% of her solo episode was new), the daughter Jill’s, most of Laurie’s(the episode where she was taken to the motel and diner was mostly new), and most of the son Tom’s)), pretty much to the book with some changes that are to be expected for an adaptation.

        Christopher Eccleston’s Matt character is barely in the book, and Kevin’s dad played by Scott Glenn is a new creation so whatever he did on Sunday night’s episode is new, still haven’t watched it yet because I’ve been busy this week.

        I think they are on track to finish adapting the book in one season with very little big changes(I still think Laurie and Meg’s GR story could still have the same outcome or similar as the book but we’ll see), so I’m interested to see where they go in the second season where it would potentially be all new.

      • theseeker7

        Marisa, well there’s a very useful and helpful insight about the book, thank you. As you say, acknowledging that as inherently with a book-to-TV adaptation you’re going to have to make SOME changes, but the goal still following the same general themes and characterization in whatever new/expanded material you’re putting into the final product.

        But say Kevin’s dad, for instance, even though as you say, he’s not in the novel at all, I could totally see from Lindelof’s point of view (not saying this is what I think he’s doing, just that I could see a logic in at least trying this), when you’ve got all these other story threads going on that are all branched off from this epic, confusing event in all of human mystery to begin with… well, if you’re going to write a TV show about it, and that would undoubtedly wind up having a larger scope and just play out on a larger chess board, if you will, than the original book could have, I’d understand it if you’d like to include as one of the mysteries the notion that maybe this whole departure thing REALLY IS just a prelude to what’s coming. Like perhaps that the existence of human beings as we know it today, it’s been decided by whatever “other” forces that it’s time to move onto the next stage of that existence, or evolution, etcc…. whatever.

        And, whether he proves to be completely lucid and knows what he’s talking about, or completely crazy, I feel like Lindelof can using the Scott Glenn character at least to help explore and build that potential story thread, that all being one possible direction, of many. And that, if he’s right, Glenn’s character is TOTALLY tapped into this whole thing, and going to have to wind up helping gradually others accept this new element to what it means to be living your life as a human being.

        make sense? :)

      • Marisa

        Totally makes sense and I agree :) In the book he really doesn’t look at those larger issues like next stage of human whatever but if the show is going to last more than 1 season Lindelof and Perotta have had to pick their path going forward and I think your idea about what they look to be exploring will make for really thought provoking television.

        I did have time to watch Sunday nights episode and I have to say of all of the story lines from the book the thing about Kevin slowly going crazy is something that is new, hes mostly just a nice guy(and mayor) in the book.

        The stuff with Holy Wayne on Sunday is still playing out mostly to the book, ie Christine having a baby girl not boy. Tom becoming further and further disillusioned by Holy Wayne. I’m still hoping that there is actually something there.

        Next weeks episode does look to go back to where I thought it would eventually get to, some kind of shocking horrific event created by the GR. I’m really intrigued by the Patty character on the show because shes giving us at least some of the thought/motive behind whatever the heck the GR is doing.

    • theseeker7

      “None of the presumed supernatural elements are present in the book”…

      Really? wow. See I find that particularly curious, because one of the main things that jumped out to me as intriguing when I first heard last year that Lindelof was aiming to adapt this into a series, was part of the one and only Stephen King himself, his review saying “this novel is like the best ‘Twilight Zone’ episode you never saw”.

      So, granted, I didn’t necessarily expect something on the level of Lost again (well and Lindelof himself stated that he didn’t want to already do another TV show that was *that* steeped in mysterious mythology), but I had planned on giving the book a look after the end of this season (whether it got a s2 pick up or not), and I’m just very surprised to hear you say that the original material has virtually nothing supernatural about it.

      **spoiler**
      .
      .
      .
      .
      .
      .
      .
      I had already learned though, btw, that the book doesn’t give an explanation on what exactly the ‘departure’ is, and I was okay with that.

    • theseeker7

      “None of the presumed supernatural elements are present in the book”…

      Really? wow. See I find that particularly curious, because one of the main things that jumped out to me as intriguing when I first heard last year that Lindelof was aiming to adapt this into a series, was part of the one and only Stephen King himself, his review saying “this novel is like the best ‘Twilight Zone’ episode you never saw”.

      So, granted, I didn’t necessarily expect something on the level of Lost again (well and Lindelof himself stated that he didn’t want to already do another TV show that was *that* steeped in mysterious mythology), but I had planned on giving the book a look after the end of this season (whether it got a s2 pick up or not), and I’m just very surprised to hear you say that the original material has virtually nothing supernatural about it.

      **spoiler**
      .
      .
      .
      .
      .
      .
      .
      I had already learned though, btw, that the book doesn’t give an explanation on what exactly the ‘departure’ is, and I was okay with that.

  • Marisa

    I’ve been waiting to hear if this would get a second season. I finished reading the book a couple of weeks ago and would recommend it to anyone curious about the show. The book is mostly satire and non of the presumed supernatural elements are present in the book.

    What keeps me tuning in each week is to see how they are changing and expanding the story plus I think the performances are just terrific for such a melancholy show. So far most of the major plot points have happened fairly closely
    (in my opinion) to the book.

    They have expanded/changed and added a bunch of characters but the thing with the stoning of the GR member in episode (5?) is a diversion that I’m watching closely to see if they come back around to the same ending as the book. I found that the GR story in the book was pretty shocking and I can see how some of the pieces are there on the show just different.

  • theseeker7

    I’ve remained reasonably confident that we’ll wind up getting to feel some payoff and further understanding by the time the credits roll on the season 1 finale.

  • theseeker7

    I’ve remained reasonably confident that we’ll wind up getting to feel some payoff and further understanding by the time the credits roll on the season 1 finale.

  • indy42

    “Empty Revenant”? You mean the Guilty Remnant?

    • Adam Chitwood

      Ha, indeed. Even their correct name eludes me!

  • indy42

    “Empty Revenant”? You mean the Guilty Remnant?

  • indy42

    “Empty Revenant”? You mean the Guilty Remnant?

  • DoremusJessup

    Just please, no more screen time for the teenage characters.

  • DoremusJessup

    Just please, no more screen time for the teenage characters.

    • SorryNotSorry

      Ugh, seriously.

  • DoremusJessup

    Just please, no more screen time for the teenage characters.

  • agent777

    Cute, they can keep pretending to be David Lynch.

    • Redjester

      Or David Milch (John from Cincinatti), or Daniel Knoff (Carnivale).

  • agent777

    Cute, they can keep pretending to be David Lynch.

  • agent777

    Cute, they can keep pretending to be David Lynch.

  • Redjester

    Has anybody seen the trailer to the new Nic Cage film, called ‘Left Behind’?

    “A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.” Apparently most of those left believe it to be the rapture.

    Remind you of anything?

    • Redjester

      Granted, if any project borrowed from the other, it’s ‘The Leftovers’ as ‘Left Behind’ is a remake of a film based on a best-selling series, but it still spells trouble for the Nic Cage’s ‘Left Behind’.

    • LEM

      It reminds me of the Kirk Cameron movie “Left Behind”.

    • LEM

      It reminds me of the Kirk Cameron movie “Left Behind”.

    • LEM

      It reminds me of the Kirk Cameron movie “Left Behind”.

  • Redjester

    Has anybody seen the trailer to the new Nic Cage film, called ‘Left Behind’?

    “A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.” Apparently most of those left believe it to be the rapture.

    Remind you of anything?

  • Redjester

    Has anybody seen the trailer to the new Nic Cage film, called ‘Left Behind’?

    “A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.” Apparently most of those left believe it to be the rapture.

    Remind you of anything?

  • Strong Enough

    Damon Lindelof does not know failure.

    • LEM

      Cowboys and Aliens? Prometheus?

      • Strong Enough

        masterpieces of cinema

      • LEM

        They’re definitely pieces of something.

      • Strong Enough

        Prometheus was good. cowboys and aliens had like seven writers so i don’t count that as a damon lindelof project

      • LEM

        Do you like The Leftovers though? I’m still watching it but only for lack of better alternatives.

      • Strong Enough

        yes i do. I knew from the beginning it was just a drama about people dealing with the departure. it seems the people who really hate it though it was going to be something else. a sort of supernatural thriller. but with damon saying we may never know why they disappeared it makes me like it even more

      • LEM

        Yet they keep adding strange things but have no one ask a question like a normal person would. It’s the same BS they did in LOST where so much could have been solved if someone just asked a damn question but maybe that’s why they have those idiots who won’t talk for whatever reason.

      • Strong Enough

        i admit Damon’s way of telling a story can be off putting. he sometimes like to pack mysteries on top of each other but i think it’s been pretty tame so far. The only supernatural element and serious questions have been from Wayne’s story line.

      • LEM

        I do like that it’s different than other shows and not as predictable plus the teaser for this week looks interesting.

  • Build a Better?

    Leftovers is boring and predictable. Its like being forced to watch the finale of Lost played over and over and over. B O R I N G! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz

    It less exciting than being invited to the engagement party of Lost star Doug Hutchison and 19yo Courtney Stodden at Chuck E Cheese not being able to find parking, running your fiat into a telephone pole, slipping into a coma until you wake up and learn the now 90 yo Hutchison is divorced, a devote Muslim and living with his 9 year old bride in a spare room at the Happy Cloud Bang Bang day care center in Cumberland County Tennessee.

    See what I mean? Leftovers is a leftover that has been kept in the fridge way past being enjoyable.

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