An HBO press release says that The Leftovers and True Blood are set to debut in June this year. The Leftovers, based on Tom Perrotta’s bestselling novel is an original look at the The Rapture. Entertainment Weekly says the series revolves around residents of New York who have been left behind after millions of people disappear in a Rapture-like event. Season 1 consists of 10 episodes.The show makes its debut Sunday June 15 at 10pm (ET/PT), immediately after the season finale of Game of Thrones. The series stars Liv Tyler, Justin Theroux, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Ann Dowd, Carrie Coon, Michael Gaston, Margret Qualley, Emily Meade, Annie Q, Chris Zylka and Amanda Warren. Lindelof is the series’ showrunner.
Every episode is based on the departure of 140 million people, which could be the Rapture, depending on how one looks at it. There is the yet to be discovered scientific explanation, but the event is still miraculous. The truth of what happened is all anyone can talk about and the show details what happens three years later when people either get back to their lives or decide that they cannot. All the decisions that the characters make are based on a supernatural idea, but the show does not present ongoing supernatural phenomena.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the show is about sudden loss, a loss no one can find closure from. In this case, no one knows if the people who left died because they could come back tomorrow or the people on the show could be transported to where the others are tomorrow. It is the lack of understanding as to what occurred that is the pervasive feeling in the show.
Apparently Lindelof knows how the series will end but he thinks that planning ahead is a bad idea since they have no idea if the show will have a second season. HBO has to approve it first. The consensus is that the show would not be a long running series but exactly how long it will be remains to be seen.
True blood and The Leftovers are both set to debut in June. True Blood begins a ten-episode, seventh and final season on Sunday, June 22 at 9pm. The series is a mix of romance, suspense, humor and mystery. It takes place in a world where humans and vampires live together peacefully. Thanks to mass-produced fake blood they do not need humans as their main source of nutrition. The series is about waitress and part-faery Sookie Stackhouse, who is played by Anna Paquin. She hears other people’s thoughts. The other characters are vampires Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Alan Ball wrote the show based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.
This Sunday, April 6th, just before Game of Thrones begins, HBO will air teases for The Leftovers and True Blood in preparation for the debut in June. For more information follow on Twitter using #TheLeftovers and #TrueBloodForever. According to Today, the new teaser hints that death is once again in the cards. The show has never been afraid to portray death (RIP Godrick, Russell Edgington, Adele Stackhouse, and many others). Could the viking vamp Eric be doomed? No one knows what exactly will happen, but fans wait with bated breath.
By: Nicole Drawc