If you’re wondering how The Leftovers moves on in its second season after it’s exhausted the original source material and after a season that essentially left the characters in a place that’s difficult to maneuver, have I got some confusing news for you!
According to Nellie Andreeva over on Deadline (who I don’t think has ever seen the show), they’re going to deal with the situation by moving to a different location and dropping the “supporting characters.”
I’m not sure exactly who those supporting characters would be, because Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Margaret Qualley Chris Zylka, Carrie Coon, and Christopher Eccleston are all returning, i.e., the only characters that anyone cared about at all, save for Liv Tyler and Ann Dowd, both of whom the Deadline piece suggest may also be returning (how Ann Dowd’s character can return is beyond me).
I also don’t understand how they move all of these disparate characters to another location, because the relationships that bind them together on the show are also what would organically keep them apart. I guess I could see everyone moving to another location in order to care for the new child, but that would be clumsy (and I have no idea how they include Tyler and Dowd).
Or maybe Lindelof is pulling a American Horror Story and using the same actors to play different roles in a different setting in the same universe?
Honestly, I am baffled, but I trust Lindelof can pull it off, but then again, I trusted that Aaron Sorkin wouldn’t torpedo his own show, and I was wrong about that.