HBO has released the first full-length trailer for the second season of Damon Lindelof’s drama series The Leftovers. As has been widely reported, this new season sees a major change in location and characters, as Justin Theroux’s Kevin Garvey packs up his family—and Nora (Carrie Coon)—and moves from New York to Miracle, Texas, a town that claims to have had zero departures during the Earth-shattering event. This new trailer fully reveals the shift, and things get intense as the Garveys strike up a relationship with their new neighbors, the Murphys.
I’m not exactly sure where this all leads, but I’m curious to find out. Lindelof recently said this season will be driven by a change in the characters’ desires, and despite its intriguing premise, The Leftovers quickly revealed itself as much more of a family drama than a sci-fi mystery in Season 1; I imagine the strong character focus will continue in the second season. Here’s hoping Lindelof and his team of writers also employ the device of devoting entire episodes to single characters, which resulted in Season 1’s very best installments.
Watch the full trailer below via EW, and click here for 16 things to know about the new season that Haleigh gleaned from the Leftovers TCA presentation. The series returns October 4th and also stars Margaret Qualley, Regina King, Kevin Carroll, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Jovan Adepo, Christopher Eccleston, Janel Maloney, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, and Liv Tyler.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Leftovers Season 2:
After last season’s elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunged Mapleton into chaos, season two of THE LEFTOVERS finds many searching for a fresh start. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) has retired from his post as chief of police of Mapleton and is moving his new family to Texas. With him is Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), who’s discovered new purpose in caring for the baby she found on Kevin’s doorstep and welcomes leaving behind Mapleton and the incredible tragedy she suffered there. Equally eager to leave the town she grew up in and the friends she made there is Kevin’s daughter, Jill (Margaret Qualley).
Upon their arrival in Jarden, Texas, the newly formed Garvey family meet their neighbors, the Murphys: John (Kevin Carroll) and Erika (Regina King) and their teenage twins, Evie (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Michael (Jovan Adepo). Attracted to this special town and hoping for miracles for his whole family, Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) has moved with his wife, Mary (Janel Moloney), who still suffers from consequences of the terrible car accident on October 14.
Meanwhile, Kevin’s ex-wife, Laurie Garvey (Amy Brenneman), has left the Guilty Remnant and reunited with her son, Tom (Chris Zylka), who may have finally discovered a cause to help replace the pain in his heart. And while Meg (Liv Tyler) remains in the Guilty Remnant, it may not be the same cult she originally joined.