8 Reasons You Must Watch HBO's The Leftovers
Tom Perrotta is one of the main creative forces driving the show alongside Damon Lindelof, but Perrotta's edge is that he created this world. Based on his novel of the same name, The Leftovers aptly focuses on those left behind after a mysterious event known as the Sudden Departure results in 2% of the world's population to disappear without a trace.
Four years later, We focus on the Garvey family as they continue to come to terms with their new world. We see how religion has taken a strong hit with empty churches, but we also see a rise in cult like groups, most notably the Guilty Remnant. The Remnant are phenomenally constructed villains who are easy to hate as they are pacifists that do not talk and only wear white, but insist on being 'living reminders' that constantly provoke the grief out of people that are just trying to move on.
The world building is extraordinary as the show explores unique and different details that communities and laws would adopt in the wake of such a catastrophic event. The Leftovers is finely tuned to feel like our world but also different enough to appreciate it for its fictional elements. As we spend time with characters traversing this new world, the show begins to open up to what it really wants to focus on.