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The trailer you are about to watch may initially confuse you, as there are occasionally people smiling and having a swell time, and there is a general feeling of mirth and goodwill. But this is definitely a preview for Season 2 of HBO’s downer-than-the-downest-down drama The Leftovers, and that becomes more obvious as it goes on and chaos erupts. Check it out!
As is made immediately obvious, The Leftovers is making some giant changes this season, as it moves beyond the storyline laid out in the source novel from Tom Perrotta, who is still working with his co-creator Damon Lindelof this year. Even though we won’t be catching up with all the characters from last year that managed to survive, we will see many returning, and they’re all in different places, both mentally and physically. And, of course, there are some new faces as well.

Welcome to Miracle, Texas, a small town that managed not to lose a single resident during the Departure. As such, some seem to be thinking it is a powerful place, and Kevin Garvey decides to relocate, taking daughter Jill and lover Nora with him. (And that baby, too.) There, Kevin meets fireman John Murphy (Kevin Carroll), his urgent care doctor wife Erika (Regina King), daughter Evie (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and son Michael (Jovan Adepo), whom Jill possibly takes a liking to. The two families bond, but things get wild when Evie goes missing, and her parents seem willing to do whatever it takes to find her. Is it a kidnapping, or something less explainable?

Then there’s Laurie, who apparently has left the Guilty Remnant behind, which allows her at least a temporary form of happiness. She hooks back up with her son Tom, who hopefully has nothing to do with abandoned babies anymore. Also lurking around are Matt Jamison and his not-totally-incoherent-anymore wife Mary. And of course there’s Meg, who remains a part of the white-cloaked Remnant, but it might be a different incarnation of it after the higher-ups were all dead or defected by the finale.

I can’t wait to find out what happens that brings everything crashing down for this seemingly well-guarded community, and what that person dropping buckets has to do with it all. Things take a violent turn, although probably nowhere near as violent as this episode, and it seems like there are going to be too many people in Miracle hoping for safety to actually ensure there’s enough safety to go around. This was perhaps showcased best in the teaser released a few weeks ago.
Jot down any potential suicidal thoughts you have in mind and tune into The Leftovers this fall when Season 2 debuts on HBO on Sunday, October 4 at 9 p.m. ET. Is it wrong that I cheered when Ann Dowd's Patti showed up in that final shot?