Months after HBO renewed its hit freshman drama series The Leftovers for Season 2, Deadline reports that the show is undergoing a creative reboot, moving the story to a different setting and bringing in a host of new supporting characters. Most of the show's lead characters, Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), his estranged wife Laurie Garvey (Amy Brenneman), their children Tom (Chris Zylka) and Jill (Margaret Qualley), Kevin's love interest Nora Durst (Carrie Coon) and Reverend Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston), are all set to return, with a slew of new characters yet to be cast. The action will move away from the Season 1 setting of Mapleton, New York to a completely new location.
There is also the possibility that a few other series regulars could return, with Liv Tyler's Meg Abbott and Ann Dowd's Patti Levin likely to be featured in Season 2. It isn't clear if those deals are in place yet. There is also the possibility that other Season 1 regulars could come back for guest appearances, such as Emily Meade, Amanda Warren, Michael Gaston, Max Carver, Charles Carver and Annie Q. It isn't quite clear yet when production may begin on Season 2.
Damon Lindelof created The Leftovers based on Tom Perrotta's novel of the same name. The show adapted the entirety of the source material in the first season, which opens up opportunities to explore other stories outside of Mapleton, revealing how the rest of the world is dealing with the sudden loss of 2% of the population after The Sudden Departure. It isn't clear if the new location will have any ties to the Guilty Remnant cult, which made its "grand gesture" at the end of Season 1, but we'll have to wait and see.