"I've been having this dream. It's the same one, over and over. It's about my son. He says to me, 'We're gone, Daddy, and all the people who stayed, they're asleep.' Time to wake up now."
Following up on the intense and disturbing new trailer for Tom Perrotta and Damon Lindelof's upcoming new series The Leftovers, HBO has released two teasers for the drama, which is set to premiere on the premium cable channel in about a month's time. The above spot focuses on one father's interpretation of the dark and bizarre events that set this story off, through the words of his son, while also showcasing the disturbing new reality in which these characters are living in.
And then there's this one, which takes that suspenseful tone even further, not only interspersing some glimpses of the mayhem that's ensuing but also focusing on people's mindset.
"Nobody's ready to feel better. We're ready to fuckin' explode."
Are people ready to feel better, or are they ready to explode? One way or another, it seems a turning point is afoot for the remaining humans living in the aftermath of a very strange "departure."
Based on Tom Perrotta's novel by the same name, The Leftovers is set in the wake of a strange event, referred to by some as the Rapture -- though the woman in the teaser above called it the "Departure" -- wherein a noticeable percentage of the world's population just up and vanished. Where did they go? That's not what Perrotta's story seeks to answer, though the question is certainly relevant to the characters. The title should be a good indication that this story focuses its attention on the people left behind as they attempt to move forward in their lives, many in the absence of the people they loved most -- spouses, friends, siblings, children, parents.
Tension seems to be the targeted tone for this series, which stars Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey, a father and chief of police trying to manage his responsibilities at work and home. Also among the cast are Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Charlie and Max Carver, and Amy Brenneman. The Leftovers is set to premiere on HBO on June 29. At that point, Game of Thrones will have wrapped up for the season, while True Blood will have premiered its seventh and final season.