The series follows the aftermath of a Rapture-like event that causes 2% of the world’s population to mysteriously vanish, focusing specifically on a small town through the eyes of its chief of police Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux). The entire town is understandably thrown for a loop by the traumatic event, with The Leftovers showcasing the grief they must deal with from the loss of their loved ones, the snowballing paranoia and hopelessness that develops when no clear answer for the event is evident, and the ways in which those strong enough to think about moving on with their lives do just that.
In addition to Theroux, The Leftovers stars Liv Tyler (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) as Meg, a waitress who becomes the target of a cult; Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy) as Kevin’s wife Laurie, a woman who left her entire life behind to join a mysterious cult; Carrie Coon (One in a Million) as Nora Durst, a wife and mother who loses her child and husband in the Rapture; Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) as former reverend Matt Jamison; Ann Dowd (Compliance) as Patti Levin, the leader of the local chapter of Guilty Remnant; and Chris Zylka (The Secret Circle) as Kevin and Laurie’s son Tom, a college dropout who has taken refuge with a mysterious guru.
The series premiere of The Leftovers is set to air Sunday, June 29th at 10:00 on HBO. You can check out a trailer for the series here.
Will you be watching The Leftovers? Do the teasers capture the mood of the novel any better or worse than the trailer does? How do you think a show like this can sustain itself throughout multiple seasons?