On June 15, following the season finale of Game of Thrones, audiences will be treated to HBO's latest book-to-television series, The Leftovers.
The book was written by Tom Perrotta, whose books Election and Little Children were adapted into Academy Award-nominated movies of the same names. The Leftovers television show teams Perrotta with storied TV producer and writer Damon Lindelof, notably of Lost, who is the showrunner, as well as Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey, executive producers of Friday Night Lights. The Leftovers is set for a 10-episode season.
The Leftovers examines what happens when 2% of the world’s population disappears in a rapture-like event. Much like The Walking Dead, that set-up premise is frightening, but the truly terrifying events revolve around what people will do to themselves and each other. If the novel is any indication, the show will also explore existential questions in the face of such a world-shaking event, and examine how it affects society and relationships. Evidence of some kind of divinity, yet no answers. Yeah, that’d screw with a person’s head.
Another parallel with The Walking Dead is that the central character concerns a sheriff, portrayed by Justin Theroux. Other actors include Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), Christopher Eccleston (Dr. Who), and Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings), among many more.
HBO has released two trailers (both below) – one trailer is setting up the premise, the second is a bit more artsy and accompanied by a narrated passage from Whitman’s “Song of Myself.” Creepy and weird and sad . . . a winning combination? It worked for the book. We’re betting “yes.”