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The Leftovers Season 2 is Coming

By Jacob Klein on Aug 13, 2014 to The Leftovers

Season 2 is coming but answers to your burning questions?  Probably not just yet.


After a longer than average wait for the news HBO announced today that it’s new series from the creator of Lost, Damon Lindelof will be renewed for a second season! We’d sort of wondered what had been taking HBO so long with this one since they normally renew a series relatively early in the show’s ongoing season. But sooner or later we had a feeling we’d get the word of a second season for The Lefovers.

Ratings have been steady, even better than expected given the summer time slot, and while may reviewers are baffled by the show, they’re still watching. Here’s the official word:

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13, 2014 – HBO has renewed the drama series THE LEFTOVERS for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Damon Lindelof (Emmy winner for “Lost”) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Academy Award nominee for “Little Children”), the series is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television. Lindelof serves as showrunner.

“We are thrilled to bring back THE LEFTOVERS for a second season with the exceptional talents of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta,” says Lombardo. “It has been truly exciting to see the overwhelming response to their provocative and original storytelling. We look forward to continuing the journey as the show delves deeper into the lives of those who remain.”

Currently debuting hour-long episodes on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), and based on Perrotta’s bestselling novel of the same name, THE LEFTOVERS is an original look at The Rapture…or was it The Rapture at all? Set in a small New York suburb, the intimate family drama focuses on the residents of the fictional town of Mapleton, whose preconceptions are shattered in the wake of a global event dubbed “The Sudden Departure.” Three years after the fateful day when 140 million people disappeared without a trace, the series looks at the ways ordinary people react to inexplicable events that can unite or divide families and communities, examining how their untold grief and the strain of an unprecedented calamity can turn faith into cynicism, paranoia, madness or cult-like fanaticism.

The ten-episode first season of THE LEFTOVERS debuted June 29 on HBO, with the season finale slated to debutSept. 7. Among the critical praise, the New York Times hailed the show for “an intriguing premise that is intelligently and artfully presented,” while said of Damon Lindelof, “Maybe he saw the opportunity in ‘The Leftovers’ to make something great. Because he sure as hell has.” The New Yorker noted that the show “captures the disorientation of grief in a way that is provocative and rare for television,” adding, “‘The Leftovers’ is something new.”

Well it looks like the mystery will continue next summer. Will you still be watching? The finale airs this month on HBO so maybe we’ll get another big clue as to WTF is going on in Mapleton.

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If you’ve read the book, you know the “mystery” is not dealt with at all. It’s Kevin and Norah’s character arc, which they’ve covered. It will be interesting to see where they go in Season 2. I hope we don’t find out they’re all already dead …

Yes, I have to agree with you. When that manhole cover blew off I was waiting for a Smoke Monster to billow out.

I do hope they answer couple of questions I have like: 1) what’s up with the smoking? no religion or cult will push for ‘vices’ being acceptable behavior of society. 2) why this group of people so hateful and hurtful toward others? I don’t think when people join a religion or cult they have the negative agenda in mind but I don’t know the reason for this behavior 3) why these cult people won’t talk but when they get beat up or push to the limit they start ‘singing the blues’? 4) why doesn’t Kevin calls the university he thinks… Read more »
They already considered themselves “dead” and they didn’t want to be acceptable to society. They wanted to make society acknowledge things weren’t okay in the world. The best way to get under someone’s skin is to refuse to speak. Have you tried it? It’s annoying. They weren’t trying to be good people. They cut off all family and friends and became ghosts. I thought Kevin knew his son wasn’t in college anymore? That’s what I got from it. He made a comment about “wherever you are now” on one of his messages, so I figured he knew his son was… Read more »

Is it possible you missed an episode? The smoking was explained a bit, and maybe some of question #2 also.

I love this show from the start, Justin is an excellent actor that bring the best to the table in this show. Is my pleasure time to watch him in character week after week. I can’t wait for the next one that I start watching reruns just in case I miss anything. And I don’t want to miss anything! I am definitely hooked on this show so please keep it going!


Great news. I’m really enjoying it.

I;m behind in watching it, but I haven’t given up. For those not connected with it just remember that many series catch on in Season 2.

Really glad this happened. The show is nothing if not a mystery and we need some answers. The ratings were fine and I think they’ll continue to grow as people get hooked.

Some people are going to be turned off by the show, for sure. But I think there’s an appetite for this sort of show out there and there’s nothing else like it.

good news


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