The Sound of Silence: New Trailer for HBO's The Leftovers
Check out the new trailer for "The Leftovers," a summer series on HBO which follows a small town that is spiritually decimated after a Rapture-like event.
The trailer is disquieting, to say the least. In an unexplained phenomenon, 2% of the world's population disappeared in an instant, leaving a broken world to deal with the aftermath. Children recite a new version of the Pledge of Allegiance, in which they pray for mercy and forgiveness in light of their rejection from the Rapture. Government officials have no explanation, family members of the missing are distraught, and a preacher (Christopher Eccleston) decries the comparisons to a Rapture, as the departed "were no better than the rest of [them]." Fittingly set to a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence," the trailer gives the impression of a haunting emptiness in the wake of these lost souls, rather than focusing on action or easy answers.
There are practically an infinite number of reasons to be excited about "The Leftovers." First, it was created by "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof. Second, the pilot was directed by Peter Berg, of "Friday Night Lights" and "Lone Survivor" fame. Between Lindelof's skill at creating tantalizing mysteries (which will hopefully actually be solved by the end of the series this time), and Berg's demonstrated expertise in both action and gut-wrenching, naturalistic human drama, we predict this show will be intriguing at worst and genius at best. The impressive cast includes Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and Christopher Eccleston, who played the Ninth Doctor on "Doctor Who" and the villain Malekith in "Thor: The Dark World." It premieres on June 29 at 10pm EST.
For a sneak peek behind-the-scenes, click here.