‘The Leftovers’ premiere spoilers: First details via HBO

In just a matter of days, HBO is going to premiere what we believe to be one of the most-ambitious series of the entire year in “The Leftovers.” You’ve got Damon Lindelof working on his first big series of this kind since “Lost,” and with this comes huge expectations. It’s als an adaptation of a popular book.

We’re going to be provided coverage of the show over the next few days leading up to the premiere, but we thought it best to start today with something simple: The official synopsis of what you can expect courtesy of HBO. We feel like this is going to give you the best description about what this show is about:

Three years after millions of people – some 2% of the world’s population – vanished into thin air, residents of Mapleton, NY weigh the pros and cons of a “Heroes Day” tribute to the local “Departed.” Attempting to maintain a sense of normalcy in his strained community, police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) faces additional challenges at home with his daughter, Jill (Margaret Qualley), who’s lost in a cloud of apathy with her friend Aimee (Emily Meade), and son, Tom (Chris Zylka), who has gravitated to a cult led by the charismatic Holy Wayne (Paterson Joseph). Also of concern is a silent, white-clad group of chain-smoking men and women called the Guilty Remnant, who team up in pairs to stake out people and places around town. As tension in Mapleton escalates, the lives of Laurie (Amy Brenneman), an unexpected member of the Guilty Remnant, and Meg (Liv Tyler), a recently engaged young woman, converge.”

While we know that religion will play a role in the series given the “rapture” theme of it, it’s also going to be about so much more. There will be chaos, drama, action, and even some romance. More than anything else, there will be questions about life, death, and what you do on planet earth.

What do you want to see from “The Leftovers” both with its premiere, and for the entire first season? Let us know below.

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