While “Game of Thrones” fans gathered around the TV on Sunday night, HBO released a brand new promo video for their upcoming series, “The Leftovers.” Since HBO can do no wrong, the trailer was amazingly epic … and also downright confusing. (Hats off to you, Damon Lindelof.)
First off – what in the world is “The Leftovers” about? Starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka and Liv Tyler, the series revolves around the Rapture – which is a belief by some Christian faiths that those who are “true believers” will be taken into Heaven before the end of the world. Two percent of the world’s population suddenly vanishes at the beginning of “The Leftovers,” leaving the rest of the 98 percent behind to “rebuild their lives” after the mysterious disappearance of their loved ones.
The dramatic new trailer for “The Leftovers,” which clocks in at two minutes and 40 seconds, captured all the feelings of fear and bewilderment in those who were left behind. But the video also left viewers scratching their heads. To help we’re breaking down the 7 things we learned – jaw dropping and confusing – from the new “Leftovers” promo video:
1. Before The Rapture
The promo video starts off with a mother trying to drive home with her crying baby. But unfortunately she doesn’t even get as far as starting the car. While the mother is on the phone, the infant eyes something outside of the car window and stops crying. When the mother turns around, the baby is gone from its seat. 2. Mass Chaos
As the mother begins to search for her baby, a kid in the street yells out for his father – who also disappeared. Meanwhile a car alarm starts to go off and two cars get into an accident, probably because the driver of one or both of the cars disappeared.
3. The Faith
“It’s time again for the world to mourn the departed,” a voice on the radio says. But judging by the video, it appears as if everyone is mourning differently. One group of people in this “new world” wears all white and stays in a giant house together. Another shot from the video shows them eating together in another room with a poster that reads: “We don’t smoke for enjoyment. We smoke to proclaim our faith.”
“So many of our loved ones were lost three years ago,” a woman says during a speech. “We still wonder where they went and why.” And everyone in the small town of Mapletown agrees. “Where did they go? We want to know,” reads a sign during a remembrance parade.
5. Trouble Ahead
“Some bad s**t’s coming and there is no way of getting around it,” a man says with a knife in his hand. “Grace period’s over … time to go to work.”
What that means is a mystery. But the next clip shows two people jumping off a building – leading viewers to believe that some people would rather die than face what is coming next.
6. “They” “Where did they come from and what do they want?” Justin Theroux’s character, a cop named Kevin, asks heatedly. “We don’t even know who they are.”
The “They” seems to be referring to the people dressed in all white. According to the promo video, they are the ones “who witnessed it, who were actually there.” And after they “witnessed it,” they snapped.
Nobody seems to like the people in white. They silently follow people around, and give warnings, like: “Stop wasting your breath.” Needless to say, their presence leaves the others uneasy and ultimately leads to physical violence.
7. A Change
“Everybody is ready to feel better,” a woman tells Theroux’s character. But he responds that they’re ready to explode. And the promo video definitely hints at that. A series of short clips shows sex, blood, guns, bodies, tears, car accidents and riots.
You can watch the premiere of “The Leftovers” when it airs on June 29 at 10 p.m. EDT. (The new HBO series was initially supposed to air on June 15.) Will you be watching “The Leftovers”? What did you think of the new promo video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section or send a tweet to @AmandaTVScoop.