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HBO's 'The Leftovers' is a chilling look at a world in mourning

Posted Jun 28, 2014 by Mindy Peterman
What has “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof been doing lately? He’s been working with Tom Perrotta on "The Leftovers", a show that has the potential to be the next big HBO series.
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The end of the world is a hot topic for TV series these days. The popularity of shows like The Walking Dead and Under the Dome proves that viewers are extremely interested in what it might be like living in a society that has gone through an irrevocable and horrific change.
Now The Leftovers had entered the fray. Produced and co-written by Tom Perrotta (upon whose novel the series is based) and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, The Leftovers takes place after a global event known as “The Sudden Departure” causes 140 million of the earth’s population to disappear in the blink of an eye. Is it The Rapture, an alien attack? The Leftovers isn’t offering answers quite that quickly.
The small fictional New York suburb of Mapleton is where the story takes place and where we delve into the lives of its citizens three years after the event. The plot centers around the Garvey family. Kevin (Justin Theroux), the chief of police and his rebellious daughter, Jill (Margaret Qualley) want life to return to how it used to be. But Garvey's son Tom (Chris Zylka) sees the event as a sign that a different world is at hand and dissenters and disbelievers should accept that a change for the better has come.
Then, of course, inevitably, there are the cults. The Guilty Remnant is made up of a group of silent, white clad, chain-smoking men and women, who team up in pairs to stake out people around town. They are the stuff nightmares are made of. The other cult, led by the revered and charismatic Holy Wayne (Paterson Joseph), who claims he can “hug the pain out of people”, could possibly be veering into Jim Jones territory. But who knows?
Although The Leftovers show is bleak and thought provoking, it has a quiet creepiness, the kind that makes your skin crawl. As Damon Lindelof put it in an HBO press interview, “I think what distinguishes The Leftovers the most is the idea that if you look outside your window, you can’t really tell that the end of the world has happened, unless you look very closely. There are no zombies out there that are trying to eat your brains, no mushroom cloud in the distance. So all the things that visually establish a universe as being at the end don’t exist here. It’s more of a look and a feel and the way people behave that conveys it.”
The Leftovers premieres on HBO on June 29.