Miss Westworld? Try The Leftovers.

Miss Westworld? Try The Leftovers.

Yes, the first season of Westworld is over. But as we learned in the park, life is really about the choices you make. So instead of “going off-line” until Season 2, why not spend your days with another mind-bending drama?

When 2 percent of the world’s population suddenly disappears without explanation, what happens next? Thought-provoking and absorbing, The Leftovers -- now entering its third and final season -- is the perfect remedy to fill the Westworld void in your life. Here’s what the shows have in common:

Reality Meeting Fantasy

Surrealism doesn’t begin to describe it. What is so captivating about both of these series is how grounded they feel in real life, until something happens to make you realize this is not the world you know. But that familiarity is what makes the shows so enticing -- you stop to wonder: Could this happen and what would I do if it did?

Next-Level Acting

Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood and the rest of the Westworld cast are tough to beat. Moving exquisitely through scenes, they convince the audience of the existence of a world that, at first glance, may seem a little far-fetched. The Leftovers is no different. With gorgeous, understated but emotional performances from Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Carrie Coon and Ann Dowd (to name a few) this cast truly defines the essence of a brilliant ensemble.

Quiet Intensity

If you think Westworld knows how to rock a moment of suspended tension, The Leftovers is here to show you a thing or two. Put it this way: You will never look at a pad of paper or watch someone slowly smoke a cigarette the same way again.

Mental Gymnastics

They told you the maze was not for you, but you took a stab at the puzzle anyway. The Leftovers is its own kind of puzzle, and all of the characters are making the journey with you. Some of them want to know what happened to their loved ones, some of them just want to forget, but no one has been the same since the Departure. Like Westworld, the show will take you through the emotional ringer, but you will exhale a deep breath of accomplishment after each season finale: You’re still here.

Another Devoted Fan Base

Maybe you miss the community-aspect of watching and theorizing. The Leftovers fanbase is just as passionate and will embrace you with open arms. Once you’ve dug into the show, check out the page on the official series blog committed entirely to fan contributions.

Stream the first two seasons of The Leftovers on HBO NOW and tune in for the premiere of Season 3 on April 16, 2017.