The Leftovers Season Two Will Cut Virtually All of the Supporting Cast
After an extremely divisive first season, our favorite depressing HBO drama The Leftovers is slashing and burning their cast from fourteen regular roles to just six, with many significant cast members' fates left up in the air.
According to Deadline, The Leftovers will cut most of the young cast and a couple of other players, leaving only the most central characters from the first season. All members of the central Garvey family- Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Margaret Qualley, and Chris Zylka- are confirmed to return, as well as siblings Carrie Coon and Christopher Eccleston. Liv Tyler is expected to return as well, and Deadline mentions Ann Dowd in the same vein, although I'm sure that would only be for guest appearances considering that (spoiler!) her character is dead. Season one cast members Emily Meade, Amanda Warren, Michael Gaston, Max Carver, Charlie Carver and Annie Q are all reportedly cut from the regular cast, with possibility for guest appearances.
Some of these cuts come as no surprise, chief among them being the twins (I can't even remember their names, that's how superfluous they are). It also makes sense that Annie Q, who played Christine, would be cut from the regular cast, as her character skipped town in the last episode and the Holy Wayne plotline effectively ended with his death, although I wouldn't be surprised if she guest starred to tie up her role in their child's story. The most surprising cuts are Michael Gaston and Emily Meade, who played Dean and Aimee, respectively. Aimee had some of the funniest lines of the season, and was one of the only sources of levity to be found in the usually dour show. And I, for one, still have plenty of questions about her relationship with Kevin Garvey, so I hope they at least bring her back for regular guest appearances. Dean is not as much of a loss to the cast dynamic, but he was important for Kevin's character development and there are still many questions surrounding his character, chief among them the nature of his relationship with the Guilty Remnant. Let's all hope this doesn't become another Lost, where Damon Lindelof just lets mysterious threads fall by the wayside all willy nilly.
The final cut is Amanda Warren, who played the mayor of Mapleton. The character herself wasn't all that significant, but it ties into the other rumor reported by Deadline: that season two will see a change in location. Considering how much of the first season of The Leftovers was focused on small-town dynamics as a context for the dystopian premise, it's surprising that they would leave Mapleton behind, but the fact that the show is declining to return Warren seems to support this theory. It also makes sense that they would generally shake things up for the second season, as the first season went through all the material covered in Tom Perotta's book, while the second is free to go in entirely new directions.