HBO's Leftovers Trims Season 2 Cast

The Leftovers Season 2 Cast Changes

It soon might look like another Sudden Departure has ripped through HBO’s The Leftovers.

The drama, which takes place after a Rapture-like event, is shedding a number of its series regulars in advance of the second season, our sister site Deadline reports.

Leads Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Christopher Eccleston and Carrie Coon reportedly will return. Ann Dowd and Liv Tyler also possibly in the mix for the upcoming season.

Other Season 1 regulars — including Michael Gaston, Annie Q., Max and Charlie Carver, Amanda Warren and Emily Meade — may appear as guest stars in the upcoming episodes.

The cast changes stem from the series’ decision to move the action from the fictional town of Mapleton, N.Y., to another location in Season 2. The drama, which is based on Tom Perotta’s 2011 novel, exhausted most of its source material in the first season.



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  1. Jog says:

    I always said that every season should take place in another town with new characters so that we get to see the impact of the sudden departure everywhere

  2. Tim says:

    Most of the characters they are cutting weren’t fleshed out much anyway so they won’t be missed.

  3. God says:

    Wow. if the first season already exhausted most of the storylines and it still felt very slow I cannot fathom what stories it would tell in the coming seasons.

  4. Juan says:

    These were the main characters anyway so I’m ok with it. I can’t for next season.

  5. Viewer says:

    Could not get into this show. I tried.

  6. DavidJ says:

    Much as I loved the first season, it did feel like there were a few too many characters and storylines to keep track of. Narrowing things down would probably be good.

    • ScottJ says:

      Very few episodes had all the main characters involved. Several only had one or two characters, and the minor characters were only used as support for other storylines. Most of the storylines actually intersected very rapidly in any case.

  7. José says:

    No more Liv Tyler, please.

  8. Drew says:

    You know what they need? Some characters who took the disappearances as a kick in the butt and became happier people afterward, living life with purpose and joy. Everyone is so depressed on the show, they make the news networks look upbeat. Contrast breeds conflict, which leads to drama and growth.

    • Green says:

      I think you might be overlooking the subjective effect it would have on the psyche for everything you know about the physical world to be upended without a shred of explanation. Hit a boulder with your fist and nothing happens, use a sledgehammer and it leaves a mark, use a wrecking ball and it shatters.

  9. Geo says:

    Ann Dowd will have a hard time returning as a regular unless there’s flashbacks or if her character has an identical twin.

  10. Gosh ! I was secretly hoping for cancellation. How slow can you tell a story not finish it and then switch to a new one !??

  11. Viewer says:

    This show is too hard to track. Wonder if it wanted to be along the lines of Supernatural? Too busy I gave up watching.

  12. Morgan says:

    Ann Dowds character is dead, how can she possibly come back? God kicked her out of heaven?