As many promoting The Leftovers Season 2 can attest (including our own forthcoming review), the second outing of Damon Lindelof’s HBO rapture drama strikes a vastly different, even more upbeat tone in certain spots. Nothing will make that clearer than the brand-new opening credits, an impressive contrast from the classical painting and ominous “BRAHM”s of yesteryear. Plus - first clip from the premiere!

Where Season 1 employed the dour, even frightening imagery of painted loved ones ripped away from their Earthly tethers, The Leftovers Season 2 takes a startlingly lighter approach, set to the pleasant melody of Iris DeMent’s “Let the Mystery Be.” If you don’t believe us on the contrast:

But that’s not all! In advance of Sunday’s premiere, HBO also released photos and a new clip from the season, as Nora (Carrie Coon) interacts with the new neighbors in “Miracle” Jarden, Texas, a town supposedly free of Sudden Departures.

So reads The Leftovers Season 2's full press release:

More than three years ago, 2% of the world’s population inexplicably vanished. 140 million people, gone in an instant. No country, no state, no city was spared, except for one small town in eastern Texas. Population: 9261. Departures: Zero. This is the setting for a tale of two families: the Garveys, who have moved to this special place, and whose lives were forever changed by the Departure, and the Murphys, a local family, who seem to have been spared from an event that shook the rest of the world.

Cast regulars for season two include: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka, Regina King, Kevin Carroll, Jovan Adepo and Janel Moloney.

Created by Damon Lindelof, Emmy winner for “Lost,” and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta; executive produced by Lindelof, Perrotta, Mimi Leder, Tom Spezialy and Peter Berg; co-executive produced by Jacqueline Hoyt, Gene Kelly, Ron Yerxa & Albert Berger.

You can check out the most recent trailers below, in addition to the above, and stay tuned for The Leftovers’ next vanishing act on October 4.

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