Leftovers Boss on [Spoiler]'s Return: 'She's a Huge Problem'

The Leftovers Season 2

The Leftovers is not only resurrecting Ann Dowd’s very-much-dead Patti in Season 2, the HBO drama is bringing the pot-stirrer back as a full-fledged series regular. And she’ll once again be up to no good.

“Suffice to say, she’s a huge problem that needs to be solved,” teased exec producer Damon Lindelof at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. Regarding what form Patti will take, Lindelof ruled out one prevailing theory. “We don’t want to use her as a Shakespearean ghost, which is to say she’s someone there just to comment on the action. She’s in the show, but we don’t really want to talk too specifically about how she manifests.”

As previously reported, Season 2 — bowing Sunday, Oct. 4 — finds Kevin, Nora & Co. relocating to Jarden, Texas, a small town that holds the distinction of being the only city in the world that suffered zero losses in the Sudden Departure. Lindelof revealed that the new season would be a little more plot-driven (read: there’s a new mystery), but not at the expense of “character development and emotion,” which was the “lifeblood” of Season 1.

The trailer screened for critics took great pains not to spoil the aforementioned new mystery, although Lindelof hinted that it involves the question, “‘What would happen there if there was a departure [in Jarden]?’ In this world, there’s [another] possibility [if someone disappears], and this season is really interested in exploring that.”

Another big change in Season 2: “The Guilty Remnant isn’t happening in Jarden,” confirmed fellow EP Tom Perrotta. “But [Jarden] has its own peculiarities that relate to it needing to protect its special identity. The Guilty Remnant do appear at various times and have a residual power. We’re looking at a different form of expression, in the wake of The Departure, in this place.”

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