Taken aback though fans of HBO’s The Leftovers were to learn that Season 3 would close out Damon Lindelof’s rapture drama for good, recent reports that the final year would move to Australia seemed perfectly in line with the myriad references of Season 2. HBO has confirmed very little, though Lindelof now seemingly acknowledges the production’s impending move, as well the potential for a certain ghostly figure’s Season 3 return.
LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof famously departed Twitter amid a never-ending stream of criticism for the ABC mystery’s finale (and perhaps not coincidentally, ahead of HBO’s The Leftovers premiere). The impending third and final run of the HBO rapture drama will inevitably draw comparison, though Lindelof breaks his usual silence to explain a purposefully-vague Leftovers ending, differentiating it from LOST.
HBO’s The Leftovers has almost a yearly tradition of shifting locales, but with a rumored move so drastic as Australia, many had to wonder if the third and final season would plausibly take everyone down under. Thankfully, it seems most all of The Leftovers’ Season 2 cast will participate in the final year (along with a happy promotion), though we might expect a shorter run than 10 episodes.
The Leftovers Season 2 didn’t leave us with any indication that the Garvey family’s time in Miracle had come to an end, though with Season 3 confirmed as the show’s last, the Damon Lindelof rapture drama is in for another tectonic shift. The Leftovers will move the final chapter to Australia, both in story and production.
Considering Netflix has pushed it to the point of debuting near of a new season or series every week, the premium providers of old seem almost deprived of new content. HBO won’t take that lying down, planning to up its original series haul by at least 50% of its current stable, but will it affect subscription fees?
The third and tragically final season of HBO’s The Leftovers remains as much of a mystery as its upbeat theme song would suggest, perhaps rivaled by our initial questions of how Season 2 would unfold. The sophomore outing certainly made strong use of Liv Tyler’s returning Meg, and it seems the final episodes will very much follow suit.
Not only was 2015 a great year for film, but it might have been a more consistently great year for television — so much so that it was impossibly difficult to choose just 10 shows from a list that began with about 15. As such, I want to give honorable mention to a few of the series that would have been included if this were a longer list: Tina Fey’s remarkable new Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the final (half?) season of Mad Men, the incomparably hilarious and relatable Broad City, the dizzying and dangerous journey of The Jinx, another delightful season of Orange Is the New Black, the final outing of Parks and Recreation and the reliably enthralling Game of Thrones. Oh, and Difficult People! How could I forget Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner’s wonderfully biting Hulu series? See. It was an excellent year.
Fans of HBO’s The Leftovers found themselves both relieved and disheartened to learn that the critical favorite rapture drama would return for a third and final season, wrapping up a wealth of character arcs and potentially unraveling at least some of the series’ mystery. Planning for The Leftovers Season 3 is early yet, though creator Damon Lindelof at least believes the series will move away from questions of Kevin Garvey’s sanity.
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We’re less than a week removed from the tense and poignant finale of HBO’s The Leftovers Season 2, the cap to a 2015 run already dominating year-end Top 10 lists, though the series’ low ratings suggested an ominous future ahead. Well, there’s good news and bad, as The Leftovers will indeed return for a third year, albeit as a final season.