The latest trailer for HBO‘s upcoming show ‘The Leftovers’ shows an entire world that has changed in the blink of an eye. In a world where 2 percent of the planet’s population mysteriously vanished the political, religious, and social repercussions are felt around the globe.

The series is set to be based on a novel by the same name written by Tom Perrotta. On screen we will be following one community as they deal with what life after this Rapture-like event has occurred and how their lives have been irreversibly changed. The town’s mayor wants to bring the town closer together and push forward the healing process though his own family is just as broken as everyone else’s.

With the entire world changed, it will be interesting to see how the populace will deal with the loss of so many people. Will the masses be able to actually accept what has happened and move on as if nothing changed or will this be a completely new chapter for humanity? There are quite a few ways they could run with the concept and I’m looking forward to seeing their take.

Producer Damon Lindelof (‘Lost‘,’Prometheus‘) recently had quite a bit to say on the new series.

“What really pulled me into the book was this idea of, okay, so 2 percent of the world’s population disappeared, this book is only 2 percent genre, you know? We’re just going to say this event happened, it happened three years ago, so the book is not about the immediate aftermath and all the rioting and the instability and craziness.

It’s going to basically adopt the premise of: The world has almost ended, didn’t end, and now we’re back to playing softball, paying our taxes, going to school. If you look outside the window, it’ll look like it does right now. But if you watch long enough, about two minutes of every 100-minute cycle, something very weird might walk by.”

This sounds like a great post-apocalyptic world without the apocalypse happening. Humanity has suffered a tragic event and has moved on. Only things aren’t what they once were, no matter how much we want them to be.

Check out the trailer for the series below:

This is a series that is either going to receive a huge amount of praise for having a highly original concept or is going to end up being a complete flop. Let’s be serious though its HBO and with their successes far outweighing their failures this is one to absolutely look out for.

Are you looking forward to checking out ‘The Leftovers’? Do you think this is a solid concept that will drag you in to watch?

Source: EW, The Verge