The Leftovers will return to HBO on Sunday night, but fans almost did not receive a second season of the HBO drama.
Damon Lindelof spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the series and the new direction the series is taking for season two, and he revealed that he almost pulled the plug on the series completely after season one ended.
“When the first season ended, I was certainly of the mind of, “Well, maybe we’re done. Maybe this is all there is. We just did a season, ten episodes, of this thing. Is there a compelling reason to continue? What are the story threads that we’d want to explore?” Then we sat down and we started saying, “What does this family look like? What is Garvey 2.0? What does ‘Kevin and Nora’ look like? It seems like Laurie is out of the Guilty Remnant and she’s with Tom but both of them kind of joined these crazy cults, so what would they do next — and is that interesting?” So we basically had the freedom to explore the idea of, “We don’t have to do this if we don’t want to, but if we wanted to, what would it be?”
This pondering took the series in a new direction, and Lindelof took the ideas in his head to HBO. They decided to go forward with the new take on the series.
What can fans expect to see when the show returns on Sunday night? Lindelof teased that to The Hollywood Reporter, as well.
“We were really interested in this idea of breaking free of the grief cycle. I wanted to watch a show about people who were trying to feel better, versus people who are stuck in this washer cycle of mystery.”
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