One thing that the debut season of THE LEFTOVERS left us with is a lot of questions. Yes, we got some answers, but they were only replaced with different ones. Just the simple questions alone leave you wondering. What happens to the Garvey family? Where does Laurie fit in? Where do the new Holy Wayne baby and Nora live? What about Kevin’s mental issues? What does the Guilty Remnant do now? How do the Rev. and Mapleton get past what the GR has done? They are all questions that could eat at you if you let them, assuming you appreciated and stuck with the launch of THE LEFTOVERS. I have heard from plenty who couldn’t hack it.
But, for those of us who could we have words about what may be ahead for season two. This is not another of those speculation pieces however, this is an interview that show co-creator Damon Lindelof had with TVLine. Of course, he does not want to reveal a lot but he does make us wrap out minds around it even more.
TVLine: How much time will have passed between Seasons 1 and 2?
Damon Lindelof: Some time will, of course, have passed. Anywhere from five seconds to five years. I don’t think we’ll be moving backwards in time — which I’ve done in the past, but not this time.
TL: All of the core characters ended Season 1 in interesting, and perhaps unexpected, places. Will all of those cast members return?
DL: We’re still talking about that. The show can move in unexpected directions, and we’re trying out a number of different ideas. But I definitely think the continuing saga of this family is something that we’re very interested in.
TL: In Kevin’s nightmare toward the end of the season, Patti said they would be “traveling companions.” Can we expect to see more Ann Dowd in that case?
DL: We try to approach these shows as writers, with our fan hats on. I would want to see more of Ann Dowd, and that character had such an immense impact and power over the first season. I think she’s got more to say. So I’ll just leave it at that.
TL: You’re moving away from Tom Perrotta’s novel in Season 2, correct?
DL: We’re still using Tom Perrotta as a guide. He’s very actively engaged in the creative process on the show. But we pretty much burned through the entire novel in Season 1, so there’s, sadly, nothing left to steal.
TL: What’s it been like to break story without the novel?
DL: We’re just a couple days into talking about Season 2. And obviously, a lot of ideas were starting to fly around as we were working on the first season, but we didn’t know if there was going to be a second season, if there should be a second season or if anyone would want to see a second season. So, right now, it’s a lot of fun to talk about the world at large. The first season was very focused on this one place, but the idea of the show lends itself to a larger, more macro view. Even though it’s ultimately a character-centric story, we’re talking about exploring the premise of the show a little bit more this year.
TL: You’ve previously said that this is not a show about answers. Will that remain the case in Season 2?
DL: It’s very liberating to finally be working on a show that promises no answers. The Leftovers — and ultimately, it’s why I love Tom’s book so much — is about living in a world of ambiguous mystery, which we all live in. We don’t know what happens when we die. Some people decide, “This is what my life is supposed to be, this is what happens when I die. I believe in God, or I don’t believe in God.” But nobody knows for sure. This show really embraces that idea. On Lost, we owed you answers, and you could treat us accordingly. But The Leftovers — we make no guarantees. If you’re looking for answers, The Americans is an excellent show. [Laughs] I would recommend you watch it.
Have you given up on THE LEFTOVERS or am I the only one left? Feel free to comment.