We gave A&E’s version of French TV series “The Returned” a shot, but all it did was make us miss the original, which aired on SundanceTV, and leave us wondering when Season 2 would be arriving on our shores. If you were in a similar situation, we have good news – our wait is almost over! Read on for the details plus a teaser and a handful of first-look photos from the upcoming second season.
From the Press Release:
Two years to the day after its initial US television premiere, SundanceTV will launch the highly anticipated second season of the International Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series “The Returned” on Saturday, October 31st, at 10:00 PM ET/PT. “The Returned” is produced by Haut et Court TV for CANAL+ CREATION ORIGINALE.
To give viewers a chance to catch up on the French drama, SundanceTV will air a marathon of Season One on Sunday, October 18th, with back-to-back episodes beginning at 6:00 AM ET/PT.
When “The Returned” made its domestic debut on SundanceTV in 2013, it was met with wide critical acclaim. Touted by Time as “an expertly suspenseful thriller” and by Buzzfeed as a show that “captures some of the most beautifully eerie scenes ever on television,” the series is based on the feature film Les Revenants by Robin Campillo. Distributed by Zodiak Rights and created and directed by Fabrice Gobert, Season Two will consist of eight one-hour episodes.
“The Returned” takes place in an idyllic French mountain town, where a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don’t know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality.
The second season of “The Returned” picks up six months after the deceased gathered outside the Helping Hand shelter before disappearing into the mountains with Simon (Pierre Perrier); Camille (Yara Pilartz); her mother, Claire (Anne Consigny); Julie (Céline Sallette); and the mysterious youngster Victor (Swann Nambotin). Since then, nothing has been heard of them or the police who fought to protect the Helping Hand shelter’s residents.
In present day, Adèle (Clotide Hesme) is about to give birth to Simon’s child, part of the town is still flooded, and the dam remains under surveillance with the army providing logistical support for those residents who have chosen to stay. Rumors abound that the dead have returned, but the authorities refuse to believe them. The rare witnesses have chosen to remain silent or are not taken seriously, among them Léna (Jenna Thiam) and her father, Jérôme (Frédéric Pierrot), who have not given up hope of finding Claire and Camille. But when a mysterious man named Berg pays a visit to the town, it appears he knows more than he claims.
New characters this season – Berg (Laurent Lucas), Milan (Michaël Abitboul), Audrey (Armande Boulange), and Virgil (Ernst Umhauer) – join returning characters Toni (Grégory Gadebois), Serge (Guillaume Gouix), and Lucy (Ana Girardot). “The Returned” is written by Fabrice Gobert, Audrey Fouché, Coline Abert, and Fabien Adda. The series is directed by Gobert and Frédéric Goupil. Mogwai will return to score the Season Two soundtrack.