Damon Lindelof, one of the key creative minds behind the legendary “Lost,” returns to television this year with “The Leftovers,” a new high-concept series debuting on HBO in June. Based on Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name, “The Leftovers” takes place in a world where a significant portion of the population has suddenly upped and vanished — a mystery that may or may not be linked to the biblical rapture.
HBO debuted the first teaser trailer for “The Leftovers” following last night’s “Game of Thrones” season premiere , offering a first look at what the world looks like when two percent of the population mysteriously disappears without a trace.
“Two percent doesn’t sound like much, but two percent of the entire planet — of every person on it — that’s more than the world’s 10 largest cities combined,” a calm voice informs the viewer. “It’s more than every death from every war in the 20th century. If every one of those people joined hands, they would wrap around the world six times. It’s 140 million people.”
“And like that — they were gone.”
The teaser cuts to a woman calling out for her missing son, Sam, while we see other glimpses of how humanity is dealing with the sudden loss. Men and women walk along in unison, all clad in white, perhaps as some sort of cult inspired by the new world order. One woman brushes her teeth in a bathroom, staring at a message inscribed on the wall: “We are living reminders.” Two people jump from a rooftop, presumably plummeting to their death.
Needless to say, it’s a grim picture of a world occupied by the unselected, by those who were left behind — a world populated by the leftovers. With Lindelof and Perrotta behind the wheel, the upcoming drama is certain to be one of the must-watch events of the summer season.
“The Leftovers,” starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler, premieres on HBO on June 15.
What do you make of the first “Leftovers” trailer?