If Damon Lindelof is the brain behind the The Leftovers, Mimi Leder is the eye. The executive producer directed some of the show’s must astounding episodes, from Season 1’s brutal “Gladys” to last year’s Season 2 finale that found Justin Theroux’s Kevin Garvey singing karaoke to escape the afterlife. The visual language of the HBO series reached new heights in the second season, and now Leder is helping expand that ever further as the show heads to Australia for its final eight hours.
You don’t have to be a fan of HBO’s The Leftovers to know Mimi Leder is one of the most talented directors working today. (For more proof, just look at the headline of The Ringer’s profile of Leder from earlier today.) An upcoming Ruth Bader Ginsberg biopic starring Natalie Portman became all the more exciting when the Deep Impact director was rumored to be attached; what a fantastic trifecta of brilliant women that would be! We won’t have to dream about it any longer though. While discussing the HBO drama, Leder confirmed the biopic will be her next project.
How do you end a show in which the end of the world has already happened? It’s a question I’ve been wondering since the very beginning of The Leftovers, a series about the search for answers and explanations where there are none, about coping with the past and learning how to survive in the present, but rarely, if ever, looking towards a future. For the characters of the HBO series, The Sudden Departure – a Rapture-like event that saw 140 million people suddenly vanish from Earth – was the final page of their stories. Some drowned in misery, some sought refuge in violent blackout, others joined cults. Damon Lindelof’s mysterious post-apocalyptic drama has been about the tireless search for meaning as much as it is about finding peace in ambiguity. In its third and final season, the series is weaving those together more ambitiously than ever.
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HBO’s The Leftovers was too good for this world, and as such, will depart it shortly. Before that happens, the final season is teasing majorly biblical events to come, and we’ve got the seven spoiler-y synopses to prove it!
For a series that asks us to “let the mystery be,” The Leftovers sure doesn’t mind asking us to solve puzzles. So it is with the third and final season’s official trailer, broken up and scattered across the internet in seven parts. Come sleuth with us!
Whether or not The Leftovers is truly preparing for a worldwide flood, the end is certainly nigh for the Damon Lindelof rapture drama. You’ve just enough time to rewatch the first two seasons before the final episodes’ April premiere, as a new recap trailer recounts the story so far, and brings cryptic new footage of the end.
The end really is nigh for HBO’s The Leftovers, and not just for by the third and final season’s April premiere. A new trailer teases both the move to Australia and some worldwide disasters of biblical proportion, not to mention some sweet Justin Theroux beard.
Not content to let the mystery be, The Leftovers is finally answering one of the biggest questions about its third and final season. HBO and star Justin Theroux have announced the April premiere date with an ominous teaser, promising a very sudden departure for us all.
We’re still waiting The Leftovers Season 3 to deliver a first trailer and a formal premiere date (beyond April), but each successive glimpse gets just a bit closer to the spiritual endgame. You can see as much in a new photo from the final year, as Jarden, Texas has gone seriously downhill since last year’s finale.