The Returned

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The Returned is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Carlton Cuse as an adaptation of the 2012 French series Les Revenants, which was broadcast internationally as The Returned. The American adapted series follows residents in a small town whose lives are disrupted when people who have been dead for many years begin reappearing. Cuse wrote the pilot episode and executive produces the series alongside Raelle Tucker. The series premiered on March 9, 2015 but was cancelled by A&E after one season, on June 15, 2015.



  • Kevin Alejandro as Sheriff Tommy Solano: the town sheriff, and Rowan's former fianc
  • Agnes Bruckner as Deputy Nikki Banks: the chief deputy with a connection to Julie
  • India Ennenga as Camille Winship: Jack and Claire's daughter, Lena's twin sister, although younger following her "death"
  • Sandrine Holt as Dr. Julie Han: a doctor who takes responsibility for "Victor" after he arrives at her residence
  • Dylan Kingwell as Henry "Victor": a quiet eight-year-old boy who is taken in by Julie, confident, enigmatic, with an expression that can be both plaintive and foreboding. He thinks Julie is like a fairy; he was killed 29 years ago by one of two intruders who also killed the rest of his family.
  • Sophie Lowe as Lena Winship Jack and Claire's daughter, Camille's twin sister, although older following Camille's "death" (Ennenga portrays Lena in flashbacks.)
  • Mark Pellegrino as Jack Winship: Camille and Lena's father, Claire's estranged husband; he owns the local tavern, Dog Star.
  • Jeremy Sisto as Peter Lattimore (born Andrew Barlett): a psychologist to a grief support group still mourning the tragic bus accident four years ago
  • Mat Vairo as Simon Moran: former fianc of Rowan's (he has returned after six years)
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Rowan Blackshaw: currently Tommy's fiance and Chloe's mother; formerly, she was Simon's fiance
  • Tandi Wright as Claire Winship: Camille and Lena's mother, Jack's estranged wife; she is now dating Peter


  • Aaron Douglas as Tony Darrow: manager of Jack's Dog Star tavern, Adam's older brother
  • Terry Chen as Deputy Mark Bao
  • Dakota Guppy as Chloe Blackshaw
  • Keenan Tracey as Ben Lowry
  • Carl Lumbly as Pastor Leon Wright
  • Leah Gibson as Lucy McCabe: a barmaid at the Dog Star who convinced Jack that she could hear the voice of the deceased Camille
  • Chelah Horsdal as Kris
  • Michelle Forbes as Helen Goddard: a believer that the town is cursed
  • Rhys Ward as Adam Darrow: Tony's younger brother and an expert hunter
  • Alexander Calvert as Hunter
  • Giacomo Baessato as Deputy Shane Slater
  • Renn Hawkey as Paul Koretsky


No. Title Directed by Teleplay by Original air date U.S. viewers
Viewers = 1.54 ShortSummary = The Winship 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 fiance, Rowan, unaware that she later got engaged to another man. Helen Goddard finds herself in her husband's apartment, thirty years after her death; her husband tries to inform local doctor Julie but decides to jump off a local dam. Julie is followed home by a small boy who refuses to speak, and, improvising, she names him "Victor" when her nosy neighbor questions her. Lucy, a local waitress, is seemingly fatally stabbed on her way home, after arguing with Jack Winship. In a flashback to the day of the crash, Lena fakes illness to avoid the bus 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. LineColor = 0047AB }}

Viewers = 1.08 ShortSummary = Camille's family, including her twin sister Lena attempt to deal with her reintegration into the family. Rowan, who has begun arrangements to marry Tommy, makes peace with what she believes to be visions of Simon, who has finally located her. The police realize Lucy's stabbing matches the modus operandi of a serial killer from seven years ago who was believed dead; bar owner Tony is considered a suspect, and he takes notice of the stabbing patterns in the victims' photos. Julie becomes affected by Victor's presence and breaks down in her bathroom, revealing the same healed wounds from the police photos. LineColor = 0047AB }}

Viewers = 1.05 ShortSummary = Although her parents discuss moving elsewhere, Camille pretends to be Lena's cousin, "Alice", in order to be accepted by the public. Meanwhile, Lena develops a wound on her back. Simon gets released to Peter, who tells him that he, Simon, died and has returned like some others. Simon plans to say goodbye to Rowan, until she shows him Chloe, their child conceived shortly before his death. Lena informs Rowan that Simon had been looking for her, confirming he is alive. Tony goes to his family's cabin and is shocked to find his brother Adam, thought to have been "gone" for several years. Deputy Nikki Banks visits Julie to tell her of Lucy's murder, similar to Julie's attack seven years ago when she and Nikki were in a relationship. Julie is then threatened by her neighbor, who believes she has illegally adopted Victor; when Julie leaves to get food, Victor knocks on the neighbor's door. LineColor = 0047AB }}

Viewers = 1.12 ShortSummary = Following the death of the nosy neighbor, Julie is forced by Nikki to release Victor into Peter's care at the shelter, where he soon realizes that Peter is one of the two men that burgled his house and shot him, 29 years ago. Tommy uses his home surveillance equipment to watch Rowan and Simon have sex. Simon is also introduced to Chloe, who thinks he is an "angel". Rowan makes a painful decision about Tommy. Helen meets with a minister to discuss being returned; she then goes to the shelter. Lena is rushed to hospital with the wound on her back. She later recalls visiting the morgue to view Camille's body with the same wound that killed her in the bus crash. LineColor = 0047AB }}

Viewers = 1.05 ShortSummary = Seven years ago, Tony sets out to look for his brother Adam. He finds him after attacking Julie, feeding on her unconscious body. Tony knocks him out, carries him off, and leaves Julie to be found by others who are coming his way. Tony then begins to bury him in the woods. Adam wakes up and starts screaming for their mother, and Tony kills him with the shovel. In the present, Adam realizes that Tony had killed him and attacks him. Tony suggests Adam's "sickness" was caused by their mother. Simon wishes to leave town with Rowan and Chloe, but Rowan throws out his things and, for now, chooses Tommy. Victor disappears from the shelter after telling Peter that he knows his secret, killing Victor and his mother. After seeing a herd of dead deer floating down the river, Helen finds Victor in town and calls him by his real name, Henry. She takes him to dinner and tells him the town is cursed, comparing it to the world at the time of the Biblical flood. She talks of the local dam breaking 29 years ago, when she died. Victor escapes Helen, only to be found by Peter. A medical examiner suggests all the deer committed suicide. Lena leaves the hospital after sensing Camille drunkenly kissing a guy. Lena tells everyone at the bar that "Alice" is her dead sister, who is now trying to kill her. Camille claims that Lena is heavily medicated. Lena runs off into the woods, stumbling into Adam. LineColor = 0047AB }}

Viewers = 1.05 ShortSummary = Lena wakes in Adam's cabin, where he tends to the wound on her back. After seeing him talk to Tony, who previously told her that Adam was dead, she accepts that he is "like the others" (returned). Back home, her family worries about her missing, which leads to Jack and Claire fighting over his not intervening in Lena's partying at the bar and Claire's constant state of mourning over Camille. Peter takes Victor to the grave of his partner who shot him and his mother. He begs Victor's forgiveness and offers his gun for revenge. Victor causes Peter to envision his partner pulling the trigger but the gun misfires, showing Peter holding the gun to his own head. Julie talks to Helen about her death in the town flood, only to learn Victor also died and returned. Julie then questions her own existence. Camille tries to seduce Ben, who is repulsed when she admits to not being "Alice". Lucy is declared dead, only to revive minutes later. She begins to hear voices and later tells Jack about his father's death in a drunken car accident. LineColor = 0047AB }}

Viewers = 0.87 ShortSummary = Lena finds Lucy's necklace in Adam's shed and realizes who he is. She attempts to escape but is caught and bound by Tony. Adam arrives to release her, saying he has been "healed" since returning. Ben exhumes Camille's grave to find that her coffin is filled with water. Tommy interrogates him at the station to learn about Camille's return. Before Tommy can reveal the news to the public, Camille, Claire, Peter, and Jack inform the bus victims' parents about the returned. It is revealed that Rowan attempted to kill herself a year ago. She realizes all the time wasted mourning Simon, who still tries to get back with her. She tells him about his suicide, which he wasn't aware of. He tries to take her away, and Tommy shoots him dead, seeing him as a threat. LineColor = 0047AB }}

Viewers = 0.82 ShortSummary = It is revealed that Claire and Peter's affair started before the bus crash. Nikki reads a file from 1986 about Henry's (Victor's) death and his reappearing during the year leading up to the bus crash, only to be abandoned, just days before it, near the spot where caused the driver to swerve off the road. Nikki tells Julie, who still keeps Victor around. Lena returns home and relates her captivity to Camille, who tells their parents. Ben confronts Tony, thinking he is the killer, but Peter stops Ben from killing him. With Tony in custody, Julie goes to identify found evidence. Victor, accompanying her, causes Tony to imagine his mother shaming him, and Tony kills himself, as Adam arrives in an attempt to confess. Meanwhile, Rowan and Tommy resume wedding plans, but Chloe wants her angel back. Simon returns again in the morgue. LineColor = 0047AB }}

Viewers = 0.93 ShortSummary = LineColor = 0047AB }}

Viewers = 0.94 ShortSummary = Peter recalls in a flashback twenty nine years ago on how he was killed by gunshot in an accident. Back in reality, Peter was intending of leaving town after revealing that he had, like Camille, died and came back to life. He was then arrested for fraud, identity theft and accessory to kidnapping, by Tommy. Meanwhile, Lucy claims she's hearing warnings that 'Something bad is going to happen.' from the people that died 29 years ago. A journalist, Kara (Joanne Kelly), came looking to speak to Camille but spoke to Peter instead. Kara claims Caldwell is not the only town to have people coming back from the dead and all other towns that did, ceased to exist. Camille and Lena went swimming in the river as Hunter and Ben apologises for their actions. After getting high from mushrooms, Hunter cuts Camille to prove she's not real. Camille runs off in distress and was found by Ben. They have sex in the woods which ends up with Ben dead. In the dark, Lena sees Adam lurking behind a tree. Nikki recovers in the hospital as Julie confronts Henry and brings him to his old house, now abandoned. As Tommy and Rowan's wedding proceeds, Simon hitchhikes with Helen and she tells Simon to get out of town before one of the tires blew and Simon sees the dynamites Helen carries in the trunk. She knocked him out cold and went to Rawlins Lake Dam to plant the dynamites, intending to destroy the town to end the 'curse'. At the wedding dinner, Lucy gives Rowan a message, 'He'll be here soon. When he's here, you need to listen.' Lucy implies to Rowan that she is pregnant with Simon's baby. Simon runs back into town but sees a vision of the dam breaking and the water destroying the town. He continues running as the screen turns to black. Note = This is the series finale. LineColor = 0047AB }}


In May 2013, it was revealed that an English-language adaptation of the 2012 series was in development by Paul Abbott and FremantleMedia, with the working title They Came Back. In September 2013, it was revealed that Abbott was no longer involved with the project, which A&E would develop. In April 2014, A&E ordered 10 episodes for the first season. On March 5, 2015 it was announced Netflix had acquired global rights to the show and would air it internationally via its streaming service weekly, following A&E's airing.

Critical reception

The Returned has received mostly positive responses from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 66% approval rating, with a rating average of 7.6/10, based on reviews from 29 critics. The site's consensus states: "Though overshadowed by its superior source material, the US version of The Returned retains enough of the creep factor and character drama to appease fans of the genre." Metacritic scored it 67 out of 100, based on 24 "generally favorable" reviews.

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