The Returned

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The Returned
Also known as Les Revenants
Genre Supernatural drama
Created by Fabrice Gobert
Based on They Came Back
Opening theme "Hungry Face" by Mogwai
Composer(s) Mogwai
Country of origin France
Original language(s) French
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16 (list of episodes)
  • Caroline Benjo
  • Jimmy Desmarais
  • Barbara Letellier
Cinematography Patrick Blossier
Running time 50–58 minutes
Production company(s) Haut et Court
Original network Canal+ (France)
SundanceTV (United States)
Original release 26 November 2012 (2012-11-26) – present
External links
Official website

The Returned (French: Les Revenants) is a French supernatural drama television series created by Fabrice Gobert, based on the 2004 French film They Came Back (in French titled Les Revenants) directed by Robin Campillo. The series debuted on 26 November 2012 on Canal+ and completed its first season consisting of eight episodes on 17 December. In 2013, the first season won an International Emmy for Best Drama Series.[1]

The second season consists of eight episodes and premiered on 28 September 2015 on Canal+.[2][3] It premiered in the UK on 16 October 2015 on More4,[4] and in the US on 31 October 2015 on SundanceTV.[5]


In a small French mountain town, many dead people reappear, apparently alive and normal: teenage road crash victim Camille, suicidal bridegroom Simon, a small boy named "Victor" who was murdered by burglars, and Serge, a serial killer. They try to resume their lives as strange phenomena occur; amongst recurring power outages, the water level of the reservoir mysteriously lowers, revealing the presence of dead animals and a church steeple, and strange marks appear on the bodies of the living and the dead.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Yara Pilartz as Camille Séguret, a 15-year-old girl who died in a bus crash four years ago, before reappearing in the present
  • Anne Consigny as Claire Séguret, mother to Camille and Léna, who separated from her husband Jérôme shortly after Camille's death, and later began seeing Pierre
  • Jenna Thiam as Léna Séguret, Camille's twin sister, now four years older than her sister
  • Frédéric Pierrot as Jérôme Séguret, the twins' father. Pierrot previously appeared in They Came Back as an unrelated character, Gardet.
  • Jean-François Sivadier as Pierre, Claire's partner, a religious man who runs the local Helping Hand shelter. He has begun to stockpile food and firearms in the belief that the Returned are a sign of the end of days
  • Clotilde Hesme as Adèle Werther, a young mother who was due to marry Simon before his death ten years ago, and who subsequently gave birth to their daughter, Chloé. She began a relationship with Thomas and is soon due to marry him.
  • Pierre Perrier as Simon Delaître, a young man who was to marry Adèle before his death ten years ago. Though he was told he committed suicide, he has his doubts, as he has been unable to remember his mental state leading up to his death.
  • Samir Guesmi as Thomas Mézache, captain of the local Gendarmerie, and life partner of Adèle. (starring season 1, guest star season 2)
  • Céline Sallette as Julie Meyer, a nurse who was attacked by serial killer Serge seven years ago, but who managed to survive. She was once Laure's partner, but the attack drove them apart and they have remained distant ever since. She becomes protective of a small boy who follows her home and places his trust in her.
  • Alix Poisson as Laure Valère, Gendarmerie lieutenant, Thomas's second-in-command, and Julie's former partner (season 1)
  • Swann Nambotin as Victor/Louis Lewanski, a boy who reappears and follows Julie, believing her to be the "fairy" his mother spoke of that would look out for him if she were gone. His real name is Louis, and he was killed 35 years ago by one of two intruders who also killed the rest of his family; he later discovered the other intruder was Pierre. On the day of Camille's bus accident, the driver swerved to avoid Victor, who was standing in the road. Victor has the ability to make others see visions, including the manner of someone else's death.
  • Guillaume Gouix as Serge Garrel, a serial killer responsible for the murder of several women, whose modus operandi included eating the internal organs of those victims he stabbed. He was killed seven years ago when his brother Toni decided to put an end to any more killing by knocking his brother out and burying him alive.
  • Grégory Gadebois as Toni Garrel, Serge's brother and manager of The Lake Pub. After he killed his brother, his mother also died, though how she did so is unclear. He died at the end of season 1, but returned among others at the start of season 2.
  • Ana Girardot as Lucy Clarsen, a waitress at The Lake Pub. She arrived in town a year before the start of the series, and claims the unusual ability to see the deceased friends or relatives of people while having sex with them. At the start of the series she is stabbed by a revived Serge and dies, but becomes a Revenant herself when she begins to heal miraculously. She shows greater understanding of the true nature of the Returned, eventually becoming their leader. In season 2 it is revealed she has already been a Revenant since before coming back to town and was killed by Milan 35 years ago.
  • Brune Martin as Chloé, daughter of Adèle and Simon. (recurring season 1, starring season 2)
  • Constance Dollé as Sandrine Sabatini, mother of Audrey, another of the children killed in the bus crash, who views Camille as a monster. After the flooding, she and her husband leave town, only to come back when their daughter also returns. (recurring season 1, starring season 2)
  • Jérôme Kircher as Father Jean-François, the parish priest (recurring season 1, starring season 2)
  • Laurent Lucas as Berg, a new dam engineer who comes to investigate the dam in season 2, but who might be hiding something more than what he initially lets on (season 2)
  • Michaël Abiteboul as Milan Garrel, Serge and Toni's father, who has also returned and appears even more vicious than Serge (season 2)

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Laetitia de Fombelle as Viviane Costa, who died 35 years ago, though she refuses to say how. Her reappearance causes her husband to commit suicide.
  • Bertrand Constant as Bruno, gendarmerie adjudant-chef (season 1)
  • Matila Malliarakis as Frédéric, former boyfriend of both Camille and Léna
  • Guillaume Marquet as Alcide, a young gendarme attracted to Lucy
  • Franck Adrien as Yan Sabatini, Sandrine's husband and Audrey's father
  • Carole Franck as Mademoiselle Payet, Julie's nosy neighbour (season 1)
  • Armande Boulanger as Audrey Sabatini, another girl killed in the bus crash (season 2)
  • Ernst Umhauer as Virgil, a young man killed by Milan 35 years ago (season 2)
  • Laurent Capelluto as the army major in charge of the clean-up operation (season 2)
  • Alice Butaud as Madame Lewanski, Victor's adopted mother, killed with him in the home invasion (season 2)
  • Pauline Parigot as Ophélie, a nurse in the town's hospital (season 2)
  • Thomas Doret as Esteban, another victim of the bus crash (season 2)
  • Vladimir Consigny as Morgane, Lucy's boyfriend, killed by Milan 35 years ago (season 2)
  • Nicolas Wanczycki as Lieutenant Janvier, army second-in-command (season 2)
  • Aurélien Recoing as Etienne Berg, Berg's father, also a dam engineer (season 2)


Season 1 (2012)[edit]

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1 1 "Camille" Fabrice Gobert Fabrice Gobert & Emmanuel Carrère 26 November 2012 (2012-11-26) 9 June 2013 1.91[6]
A family is shocked when their daughter Camille, killed in a bus accident four years earlier, returns home unharmed, believing it to be the same day as the accident. Simon attempts to find his fiancée, Adèle, unaware of his own demise ten years ago. Madame Costa finds herself in her husband's apartment, thirty years after her death; her husband hides her from local nurse Julie, who administers his medication. Julie is followed home by a small boy who refuses to speak, and, improvising, she names him "Victor" when her neighbour and busybody Mademoiselle Payet questions her. Lucy, a local waitress who pretended to have medium powers related with sexual intercourse, is stabbed – seemingly fatally – on her way home. Monsieur Costa, unable to cope with his wife's reappearance, burns his home to the ground with her tied inside, before jumping from the local dam to his death. In a flashback to the day of the crash, Léna fakes illness to avoid the coach trip in order to stay home and secretly meet with her boyfriend, and Camille becomes distressed when she "senses" her twin's first sexual encounter. As she tries to get the bus to stop, the distracted driver notices Victor standing in the road and swerves, plummeting the bus over the cliff edge.
2 2 "Simon" Fabrice Gobert Fabrice Gobert & Emmanuel Carrère 26 November 2012 (2012-11-26) 16 June 2013 1.60[6]
Camille's family, including her twin sister Léna – now four years older than her twin – attempt to deal with her reintegration into the family. Adèle, who has begun arrangements for her marriage with new partner Thomas, makes peace with what she believes to be visions of Simon, who has finally located her; he is arrested shortly afterwards for assaulting a café owner. The stabbing of Lucy raises eyebrows with the Gendarmerie when they realise it matches the modus operandi of a serial killer from seven years ago who was believed dead; bar owner Toni is considered a suspect, but he is shocked when he finds his brother Serge – the actual attacker – has reappeared. Meanwhile, dam engineers have noticed the water level in the reservoir has begun to drop unexpectedly.
3 3 "Julie" Fabrice Gobert Fabrice Gobert & Emmanuel Carrère 3 December 2012 (2012-12-03) 23 June 2013 1.53[6]
Camille and her family debate moving to a new town to start afresh, while Camille attempts to live a normal life, pretending to be Léna's cousin, "Alice". Simon, released by the Gendarmerie, gets back in contact with Adèle, who shows him their child, conceived shortly before his death; when she hears other people have talked to a man named Simon, she begins to realise he may not be a vision after all. Julie is threatened by Mademoiselle Payet, who believes she has illegally adopted Victor; when Julie leaves for work, Victor pays Mademoiselle Payet a visit, and she is later discovered dead from "self-inflicted" stab wounds.
4 4 "Victor" Fabrice Gobert Fabrice Gobert & Emmanuel Carrère 3 December 2012 (2012-12-03) 30 June 2013 1.57[6]
Julie is devastated when her ex-partner Laure takes Victor away from her to a local shelter run by Pierre. While there, Victor realises that Pierre is one of the two men that invaded his house when he was shot, thirty five years ago. Thomas uses his home surveillance equipment to watch Adèle, who has reignited her relationship with Simon, and who introduces him to his daughter, pretending he is an "angel". Léna is rushed to hospital with a wound on her back that appears to have suddenly expanded from a scar left when her father Jérôme supposedly hit her a year before. Léna soon leaves the hospital, and still faint from her wound, is found by Serge. The water level at the reservoir continues to drop, but engineers can find no faults in the dam.
5 5 "Serge & Toni" Frédéric Mermoud Fabrice Gobert, Emmanuel Carrère & Fabien Adda 10 December 2012 (2012-12-10) 7 July 2013 1.50[6]
Victor leaves the shelter with Madame Costa, and discuss their experiences as Revenants with each other. Serge holds back his killing instincts to nurse Léna back to health. Adèle wavers when she discovers Simon killed himself, and he is devastated when she and their daughter decide not to leave town with him; Thomas, returning home, shoots Simon dead. Victor returns to confront Pierre, who begs the boy's forgiveness. Victor makes Pierre's partner in crime from when Victor was killed suddenly appear, and they end up fighting each other until the police arrives, and only find Victor and a terrified Pierre. Divers at the reservoir looking for faults find 36 dead floating animals at the bottom of the lake, while post-mortems reveal they were running away from something and drowned when they tried to escape by swimming into the water.
6 6 "Lucy" Frédéric Mermoud Fabrice Gobert, Fabien Adda, Camille Fontaine & Nathalie Saugeon 10 December 2012 (2012-12-10) 14 July 2013 1.48[6]
Lucy wakes up from a coma in hospital, with all injuries miraculously healed. After realizing that "Alice" could in fact really be Camille, Frédéric and his friend open her coffin to find there is no body, but that it is full of water. Pierre organises a meeting with the parents of other children killed in Camille's school bus accident to reveal Camille's return. Simon wakes up in the hospital morgue, his bullet wound completely healed, and meets with Lucy before leaving together. Victor returns to Julie's care, and finds his arm has begun to show marks similar to those of Léna. Camille finds purpose when she decides to follow Pierre's advice about giving others hope, inventing images of an afterlife to comfort the parents of one of the children killed in the bus accident, but they commit suicide in the hopes of meeting their son sooner. Léna grows closer to Serge, but flees after Toni shoots a gendarme to protect his brother and what he assume is his mother. Léna hides in the forest, where she discovers a large group of people standing around a fire.
7 7 "Adèle" Frédéric Mermoud Fabrice Gobert & Fabien Adda 17 December 2012 (2012-12-17) 21 July 2013 1.51[6]
Pierre shows Claire his shelter stocked with food and firearms, believing that the appearance of the Revenants marks the end of days. Lucy appears to have gained understanding regarding the purpose of the Revenants, and persuades Simon that he no longer needs Adèle. Father Jean-François later betrays him to the Gendarmerie. Serge and Toni attempt to go into hiding after the shooting incident with the police, and Toni glimpses his deceased mother in the forest. While trying to cross the lake by swimming, Serge is dragged under the water by something unseen. Léna finds her way to the shelter, and helps Camille cover up marks that have appeared on her face. Simon also finds marks and decaying flesh on his stomach. Laure and Julie reignite their relationship, and attempt to leave with Victor, but are bewildered to find they cannot leave the town, despite driving in the same direction; their journey has taken them over the dam at least three times, trapping them in town. Lucy finds a large group of as-yet unseen Revenants in the bar, and welcomes them with a smile.
8 8 "The Horde"
"La Horde"
Frédéric Mermoud & Fabrice Gobert Fabrice Gobert & Fabien Adda 17 December 2012 (2012-12-17) 28 July 2013 1.38[6]
A flashback to the date of Camille's reappearance at the dam shows many Revenants also appearing at the same time. Waking in their car, Victor tells Julie and Laure that a group of Revenants tried to take him from the car in the middle of the night. After Julie prevents Toni from attempting suicide by jumping from the dam, the Revenants appear once more, and the group make their escape. On their way to the shelter, Victor discovers that Toni killed his brother, in turn causing his mother's death, and uses his ability to create visions to make Toni shoot himself in the stomach; he dies shortly after arrival. Simon breaks free from his jail cell and visits Adèle again to tell her that she is now pregnant with another child of his, and he kidnaps his daughter Chloé with the help of Lucy. Thomas arrives at the shelter, and the group realise that there are other Revenants, and that they are coming for them. They arrive at night, led by Lucy, and demand Camille, Victor, and Madame Costa and promise to return Chloé. Madame Costa reluctantly leaves; Julie will not give up Victor, and decides to go with him; and Claire chooses to go with Camille. Chloé is returned, but Lucy then also demands Adèle, promising to go after the living if they do not hand her over. Thomas refuses, and the gendarmes lock the building down before engaging in a shootout. Inside, Chloé tells Adèle that the dead want her because she is pregnant with Simon's baby. In the morning, the Revenants have disappeared, along with every gendarmes, and the people in the shelter step out to discover their town flooded.

Season 2 (2015)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK air date UK viewers
(in millions)
9 1 "The Child"
Fabrice Gobert, Frédéric Goupil Fabrice Gobert, Audrey Fouché, Coline Abert, Fabien Adda 28 September 2015 (2015-09-28) 16 October 2015
Six months after the flooding, the town is under control of the military as engineers work to fix the dam. With the military refusing to believe their story, the survivors from the Helping Hand attempt to continue their lives. Léna and her father Jérôme continue to search for Camille and Claire; Adèle has continuing nightmares about her pregnancy, the stress straining her relationship with her daughter Chloé. Meanwhile, a new Revenant appears from the day of the bus crash — Sandrine's daughter Audrey. She is taken by Lucy to a small village only accessible by crossing the water, where the Revenants have been living; among them are Camille and Claire, who take her in. Also living here are Julie and Victor, who are surprised when Victor's mother returns.
10 2 "Milan" Fabrice Gobert, Frédéric Goupil Fabrice Gobert, Audrey Fouché, Fabien Adda 28 September 2015 (2015-09-28) 23 October 2015
Adèle is told that she will need to be induced, and the baby is born premature. Simon is encouraged by Lucy to go after his son after they find out about Adèle being in the hospital. Camille tries to help Audrey and Esteban, another boy who died in the same bus crash with them, and make them understand what is happening, with mixed results. Claire is trying to control Camille only to find herself trapped, but is soon helped by a mysterious stranger. Léna finds out about her father's attempts to find out why Camille has returned and tries to warn a returning Toni not to trust Pierre. Milan, the father of Serge and Toni, comes back to their old house, where he meets Serge, and they go on a hunting trip that reveals some family secrets. It is revealed in a flashback that Milan was the one who actually organized (but did not commit) the home invasion where Victor lost his life, and that Victor's father didn't actually die.
11 3 "Morgane" Fabrice Gobert, Frédéric Goupil Fabrice Gobert, Audrey Fouché, Coline Abert 5 October 2015 (2015-10-05) 30 October 2015
Camille tells Esteban that his parents have committed suicide, which leads him to run away. Camille finally tracks him down with the help of the mysterious boy that helped her, Audrey and Esteban last time, and he tells her the others don't want them to leave because they have no one waiting for them on the other side. Toni is held hostage by Pierre who wants the location of the other returned from him. Simon and Lucy welcome an increasing number of returned, and he and Chloé are plotting to finally steal the baby from Adèle. Milan instructs Serge to take Léna to the woods and kill her, and when Serge fails to do so he stabs her himself. Serge shoots his father and takes the injured Léna to Camille and Claire (as he originally promised). Victor tells Julie he doesn't need her but she needs him, and that she was pregnant when she was stabbed by Serge and subsequently lost her baby, after which Julie leaves. The bodies of all but one of the policemen fighting the returned on the night when they came looking for Camille, Victor and Mrs. Costa are found hanging on trees. Berg thinks he might have found the reason for the flood, while in a flashback it is revealed Lucy and Milan knew each other 35 years ago and Milan killed her to wash her from her sins.
12 4 "Virgil" Fabrice Gobert, Frédéric Goupil Fabrice Gobert, Audrey Fouché, Fabien Adda 5 October 2015 (2015-10-05) 6 November 2015
Julie comes back home and decides to visit Victor/Louis' old house, where an elderly neighbor tells her that his father is in the hospital and that the main reason for the massacre in which Victor, his mother and his brother were killed is because people believed Victor was responsible for the breaking of the dam and that he was the devil himself. Meanwhile Jérôme and Berg also visit Victor/Louis' old house and find his drawings of the deaths of almost all of the returned. Lucy informs Simon she gave his baby to a couple that turns out to be Simon's birth parents, however, after he finds out that his parents died as part of a murder-suicide cult he decides to take the baby back to Adèle, while also letting Audrey go back to try and find her parents. Lucy finds Milan and after she forgives him she kills him and dumps his body in the lake, while Toni is finally saved by Serge. Léna recovers and reconnects with her mother while Camille meets a boy named Virgil, who lets her in on a secret about the returned.
13 5 "Madame Costa"
"Mme Costa"
Fabrice Gobert, Frédéric Goupil Fabrice Gobert, Audrey Fouché, Coline Abert 12 October 2015 (2015-10-12) 13 November 2015
The manner of Madame Costa's death is finally explained. Camille, Léna and Claire try to adjust as Esteban leaves. Jérôme and Berg have a surprising visitor in Audrey, who tells them where the other returned are. Sandrine is informed about her daughter's return and reports this to Pierre, who demands answers. Julie goes to visit Victor/Louis's dad in the hospital while he, after having a bad dream, leaves with Madame Costa in tow. Simon, Adèle, Chloé and the baby try to flee and ask for help from Father Jean-François. Lucy tries to convince Alcide to help her find the baby. Toni and Serge are visited by Serge's former victims. After being left for dead and thrown in the lake, Milan returns again.
14 6 "Esther" Fabrice Gobert, Frédéric Goupil Fabrice Gobert, Audrey Fouché, Coline Abert 12 October 2015 (2015-10-12) 20 November 2015
One of Serge's victims, Esther, is a girl Toni knew and he makes Serge take her back to where she used to live, but after they find the place abandoned she heads towards the tunnel where she was killed and it is revealed that she was warned by Victor/Louis not to go into it. Camille reveals to Léna that the other returned can also create violent visions in people's heads after she tells her nobody attacked them when they tried to escape and Claire was beating herself. Léna thus tries to get out and get help which she soon finds in the form of Jérôme and Berg. After the family is reunited they decide to flee. Sandrine is uncertain that Pierre is telling the truth, while Frédéric and his friend from the Helping Hand find Victor/Louis and Madame Costa at Julie's apartment. After a heated argument Frédéric's friend shoots at Madame Costa and Victor/Louis makes him jump off the window in retribution. Adèle goes to the police to see Thomas's body and Lucy pays a visit to Simon and Chloé. Victor/Louis's father finally wakes up from his coma and reveals to Julie that Victor/Louis is not actually his son, but appeared in their household one night in the same way he appeared to Julie.
15 7 "Etienne" Fabrice Gobert, Frédéric Goupil Fabrice Gobert, Audrey Fouché, Fabien Adda 19 October 2015 (2015-10-19) 27 November 2015
After Virgil tries but fails to convince Camille to leave with him and the other returned, the family tries to escape again and are found by the military, which keeps them under surveillance. Madame Costa tells Julie that Victor/Louis was with her and she goes to look for him at The Helping Hand, but is quickly imprisoned by Pierre, who also holds Audrey and Sandrine hostage. Virgil realizes that Lucy doesn't know where to lead the returned, and Berg finally finds his father Etienne, who was the architect who built the original dam. In a flashback, it is revealed that Victor/Louis warned Etienne not to build the dam. It is also revealed that Milan formed a murder-suicide cult after the breaking of the dam, where Etienne and Simon's parents died, and that Pierre was also part of it but didn't commit suicide himself. Chloé and Simon go looking for Adele and the baby, while Victor/Louis has an argument with Milan which is interrupted by an officer. Victor/Louis makes the officer shoot his colleagues and collapses the electricity grid in the building where they are held, which gives Chloé, Adèle, Camille, Jérôme, Léna and Claire a chance to escape.
16 8 "The Returned"
"Les Revenants"
Fabrice Gobert, Frédéric Goupil Fabrice Gobert, Audrey Fouché 19 October 2015 (2015-10-19) 4 December 2015
When Chloé, Camille, Jérôme, Léna and Claire try to leave the town, Camille confides in Jérôme that she cannot stay with them and has to join the others. Attempting to leave regardless, the group encounters Helping Hands members on the road. In an altercation, Frédéric shoots Camille, and Claire shoots him in retribution. When Camille comes back to life, she bids a tearful goodbye with her family and leaves with the others. The others take back Etienne and Toni as well, while Serge stays behind in the tunnel and begins to decompose. After Audrey is found eating Sandrine's dead body, the living who were hiding there leave The Helping Hand. Pierre meets with Milan and expresses regret not to have gone through with the suicide 35 years ago. Though Milan assures him nobody has been saved, Pierre kills himself. Simon and Adèle try to find their baby, which leads them to a cave where they appear to revert to themselves as they would have been on their wedding day. Chloé, Jérôme, Léna and Claire finally leave town, while in a flashback, Victor/Louis came back to his injured father shortly after having died, and lived with his father in secret for decades. When his father had a heart attack six months ago, Victor/Louis begged him not to be dead, whereupon a group of returned suddenly appear outside the home. In the present, Lucy convinces Julie to turn over Victor/Louis to her, and Lucy leads the returned to a giant sinkhole. Julie appears, saying she cannot live without Victor/Louis, and jumps into the hole, apparently making the premonition come true. Yet she awakens beside the now water-filled sinkhole to see only Victor/Louis still there. Sometime later she, Victor/Louis and the nurse Ophélie are together happily on a beach. Lucy leaves the baby on an unknown couple's doorstep.


The series was shot in Haute-Savoie, mainly in the city of Annecy, and also in Seynod, Menthon-Saint-Bernard, Poisy, Cran-Gevrier, Sévrier, Annecy-le-Vieux, Veyrier-du-Lac and Semnoz. The dam which plays an important part is the Barrage de Tignes.[7] The first season of the series was filmed in April and May 2012.

The second season of the series was originally to be filmed in February and March 2014, for screening from November 2014.[8] However, delays in the writing process meant that filming was delayed until the second half of 2014, and broadcast would begin in 2015.[9][10] The synopsis for the second season was released in August 2014, which also confirmed there would be a total of eight episodes.[11] Filming for the second season ended on 7 April 2015.[12]

International broadcasts[edit]

Season 1 was broadcast in the United Kingdom from 9 June 2013 on Channel 4.[13] It was the first "fully subtitled drama" on the channel for more than 20 years and was screened in the native language with English subtitles.[14] First announced under the English name Rebound, the title was amended to The Returned prior to broadcast.[15] The channel made a feature of the subtitles by broadcasting a specially commissioned advertisement break in French with English subtitles.[13] In the United States, SundanceTV began broadcasting the series' first season on 31 October 2013,[16] before picking up the second season on 11 January 2014.[17] The series began airing in Australia on SBS Two on 11 February 2014.[18] In Canada, the series debuted on 26 April 2014 on Space.[19]

In advance of the second season premiere, the first two episodes of the season received an advance preview screening at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, as part of the festival's new Primetime platform of selected television projects.[20] The second season premiered on 31 October 2015 in the U.S. on SundanceTV.[5]


The soundtrack to the series was written by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. The band's guitarist John Cummings said in an interview with The Quietus, "They wanted us to start writing it before they started filming it. They described it as inspiring them, they wanted some kind of musical mood in place before they started, so we were working a bit dry at first ... we'd (only) seen the first couple of scripts in English".[21] The band released a four-track sampler of the music (Les Revenants EP) on 17 December 2012, the day of the showing of the final episode. A full-length soundtrack album, Les Revenants, was released on 25 February 2013. In August 2014 it was confirmed that Mogwai would also write the soundtrack for the second season.[22]


Critical reception[edit]

The series has been critically acclaimed. Le Monde said that the series marked a resurgence in the fantasy genre[23] with the dead appearing out of nowhere, trying to regain their life where they left off. Libération said that the series recalled the atmosphere of Twin Peaks by David Lynch.[24] In France, viewing figures averaged 1.4 million over the eight episodes, on Canal+.[25] For its American showing, the series received a 92 out of 100 rating from Metacritic, which averages critics' reviews.[26] On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 100% with an average score of 9.2 out of 10 based on 33 reviews, with a critics' consensus of, "A pleasant change from typically gory zombie shows, The Returned is a must-see oddity that's both smart and sure to disturb.[27] During a visit to Paris, Stephen King remarked on being a big fan of the show, and later tweeted about it.[28]


In 2013, for the 41st International Emmy Award, it won for Best Drama Series.[1] For the 18th Satellite Awards, it received a nomination for Best Television Series or Miniseries, Genre.[29] In 2014, it was awarded with a Peabody Award.[30] It received a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials for the 2014 TCA Awards.[31] Fabien Adda and Fabrice Gobert received a nomination for Best Screenplay for the episode "The Horde" for the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards.[32]

Home media release[edit]

The first season was released on DVD in France on 20 December 2012,[33] and in the UK on 9 September 2013.[34] In the United States, it was released on both DVD and Blu-ray on 11 February 2014.[35]


In May 2013, it was revealed that an English-language adaptation was in development by Paul Abbott and FremantleMedia, with the working title They Came Back.[25] In September 2013, it was revealed that Abbott was no longer involved with the project and that A&E would develop the project.[36] In April 2014, A&E ordered 10 episodes with Carlton Cuse and Raelle Tucker as executive producers.[37] The series premiered on March 9, 2015,[38] and was cancelled after one season.[39]


  1. ^ a b Roxborough, Scott (25 November 2013). "International Emmy Awards: French Zombie Series 'The Returned' Wins Best Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Les Revenants saison 2 entre en tournage". Canal+. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Renault, Jean-Maxime (3 September 2015). "Les Revenants : tout ce qu'il faut savoir sur la saison 2...". Allocine. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Return to The Lake Pub in this creepy trailer for The Returned series 2". Digital Spy. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Bacle, Ariana (16 September 2015). "The Returned First Look: See exclusive photos from season 2, debuting this Halloween". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Top 30 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
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