The Leftovers Season 2: 5 Juicy Details (And More!) Revealed

The Leftovers Season 2: 5 Juicy Details (And More!) Revealed

At the 2015 Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday in Los Angeles, details about the upcoming season of The Leftovers trickled out. Co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta appeared on stage with cast members Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon and new season regular Regina King to take questions from television reporters.

In top-line summary, to kick off Season 2, Kevin and Jill Garvey—along with Nora and the baby she found abandoned on the Garveys’ doorstep—move to Jarden, Texas, a town remarkable for its zero departures. Also in town are Matt and Mary Jamison, looking for a miracle of their own.

According to an on-the-scene report from The Hollywood Reporter, Lindelof stressed that Season 2 is not a reboot but rather “the next chapter.” Lindelof stood by the tone of the first season, reported USA Today. “We always want the show to feel authentic,” he told the crowd. “We wanted to ground the world. [It] may have felt bleak and despairing, but to us it felt honest.” The showrunner maintained his sense of humor, joking at one point about wanting “to tape Season 2 before a live studio audience—we wanted to opt in for a laugh track.”

All jokes aside, Lindelof suggested a more positive current running through the new season, which was announced as premiering Oct. 4. “It was important to us that the characters didn't want to feel that way,” Lindelof said, according to USA Today. “The idea of people wanting to feel better, particularly this family, [they] wouldn't want to stay in the places they were, either geographically or emotionally.”

So—apart from the change in scenery—what else can you expect from the new season? Here are five juicy bits Lindelof and Co. revealed during the panel discussion.

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First Look: New Details, Seven Photos From Season 2

The Leftovers took a break from filming in Austin, Texas, so that series creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, as well as several cast members, could visit the Television Critics Association's summer convocation in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 30. The television reporters assembled were treated to juicy details about what's to come on the drama. The big news, which the first teaser hinted at, is that Season 2 will shift from Mapleton to a new setting: a small town in eastern Texas with a population of 9261...and zero departures.

The other big takeaway? According to the official description, Season 2 will be "a tale of two families." The Garveys will be joined by a new clan: the Murphys, a family of four who seems to have been spared from the event that shook the rest of the world.   

Check out members of both families in the first seven officially released photos below. 

Check back here on Watching the Leftovers for more coverage of the Television Critics Association panel.

What are you hoping to see in Season 2? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

Cast and Creators Detail 6 Reasons The Leftovers Caught Their Attention

Cast and Creators Detail 6 Reasons The Leftovers Caught Their Attention

On June 7, the cast and creators of The Leftovers took a break from filming Season 2—now in production near Austin—to gather for a panel discussion at the Austin Television Festival. Writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof, director and executive producer Mimi Leder and three cast members—Ann Dowd, Christopher Eccleston and Carrie Coon—looked back on their experience shooting the show’s first season.

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Explore Season 1 of The Leftovers

EPISODE 1
Pilot
EPISODE 1
Pilot
Mapleton commemorates the three-year anniversary of the Sudden Departure with "Heroes Day," which causes a rift in the community – and the Garvey family.

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EPISODE 2
Penguin One, Us Zero
EPISODE 2
Penguin One, Us Zero
Meg is tested; Jill and Aimee encounter Nora Durst; Tom and Christine face a precarious future.

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EPISODE 3
Two Boats and a Helicopter
EPISODE 3
Two Boats and a Helicopter
EPISODE 4
B.J. and the A.C.
EPISODE 4
B.J. and the A.C.
EPISODE 5
Gladys
EPISODE 5
Gladys
EPISODE 6
Guest
EPISODE 6
Guest
EPISODE 7
Solace for Tired Feet
EPISODE 7
Solace for Tired Feet
EPISODE 8
Cairo
EPISODE 8
Cairo
EPISODE 9
The Garveys at Their Best
EPISODE 9
The Garveys at Their Best
EPISODE 10
The Prodigal Son Returns
EPISODE 10
The Prodigal Son Returns

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