Tonight, HBO is going to call it a day on “The Leftovers” season 1, which has certainly been an ambitious experiment. Whether or not you want to also label it a good TV series is an entirely different question.
What “The Leftovers” has excelled at over the past few months is being cerebral, challenging, and interesting. This is a show that makes you want to tackle hard questions not so much about what caused its Departure, but also how you would react in the event you were ever in such a dire situation where everything you loved was so dramatically taken away from you.
These are themes that we will probably see once again in the second season, and hopefully there will be a little bit of hope mixed in here, as well. One thing that you do have to remember here, regardless of how hard it may be to think about, is that these characters were not at all in better places back before the departure happened. They were all miserable in their own way.
The next season will once again be ten episodes, and given the lengthy production window, really cannot start airing at any point before next summer. Personally, we feel like you could be seeing the show paired next year with “True Detective,” which needs the time to craft its own story for next year. It won’t have time to be ready for January.
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