Like ‘Game of Thrones’ before it, HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ has proven an intriguing concept to develop, given the events of season 1 largely covered literary author Tom Perotta’s entire novel’s worth of story. Now, with season 2 set to commence in the immediate future, HBO’s Damon Lindelof rapture drama has not only trimmed its core cast, but potentially shifted ‘The Leftovers’ outside its fictional upstate New York setting.

You’re warned of minor spoilers for ‘The Leftovers’ season 1, as well as the original source material, but it seems season 2 of HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ may operate with a greatly reduced regular cast. Per Deadline, series stars Justin Theroux (Kevin Garvey), Amy Brenneman (Laurie), Margaret Qualley (Jill), Chris Zylka (Tom), Carrie Coon (Nora Durst) and Christopher Eccleston (Matt Jamison) have all signed to return as regulars, with potential for Liv Tyler (Megan Abbott) and Ann Dowd (late Guilty Remnant leader Patti Levin) likely to return as well.

More likely to be billed as guest stars for season 2 include included Emily Meade (Aimee), Amanda Warren (Mayor Lucy Warburton), Michael Gaston (the angelic Dean), Max & Charlie Carver (twins Adam and Scott) and Annie Q. (Christine). Also likely is that ‘The Leftovers’ season 2 will move outside the fictional New York setting of Mapleton, and at least partially unfold in a new location.

We’ve not yet learned how ‘The Leftovers’ will move beyond its lapsed source material, but in the meantime, what say you? Are you intrigued to see what the HBO rapture drama does for season 2, albeit with a reduced cast and new location? What aspects of the story would you want to see emphasized in 2015?