The Leftovers, one of HBO’s most polarising shows, is finally back this month.
The series wrapped season two in December 2015 and HBO soon picked it up for a third season. After the premiere date was pushed into spring 2017, star Justin Theroux finally gave us an official date for The Leftovers’ return via his Instagram account, and HBO released the latest teaser trailer on Feb 17th, which you can watch below.
The cast and crew were on the red carpet at Avalon Hollywood this week to celebrate the final season together.
“This is it; we left no dangling threads, no to be continued, no spinoff possibilities. We made pretty sure that this was going to be the last season of the show,” showrunner Damon Lindelof told Variety before the screening. “The audience deserves as satisfying an ending as we can give them. I don’t think anyone wants to see a question mark at the end of this.”
We’ve collected together everything we know about the new season of the show here, to get you up to speed.
The Leftovers season 3 premiere date
The Leftovers season 3 will premiere Sunday, April 16th on HBO.
The Leftovers season 3 trailers
The official trailer for the final season of The Leftovers takes us in a far different direction than we anticipated. Is Kevin a savior? Watch it here:
Here was the previous teaser we had:
The Leftovers season 3 images
Here’s the new teaser poster for the third season:
The Leftovers season 3 story
After uprooting the show from its New York setting in season 1 to the town of Miracle, Texas for season 2, The Leftovers season 3 will pick things back up in Texas before moving its story to Australia for the final episodes.
Australia isn’t a random pick by the show’s writers. Viewers had been tipped that something was brewing down under when main character Kevin (Justin Theroux) heard that his father, Kevin Sr. (Scott Glenn) was planning to move to the continent. Then Kevin communicated with his Dad while in limbo, with Kevin Sr. confirming that he was currently in Australia.
Speaking with EW, Lindelof clarified the location change:
“Australia is the end of the world geographically and our show is about the end-of-the-world emotionally. And there’s also something about Australian cinema — it’s primal, ancient and spiritual — that felt like it fit The Leftovers, whether it’s Mad Max movies or Walkabout, or Waking Fright or Peter Weir movies.”
On the show’s ending, Carrie Coon told TVLine:
“In my humble opinion, the ending is satisfying. There are a lot of directions the show could’ve taken, and, I feel in my Nora Durst heart, that they chose the right one. I approve of the direction the show went with.”
Most critics found the The Leftovers bleak and a difficult watch during its mixed reviewed first season, but in season 2 the show hit its stride, becoming one of our favourite series of 2015.
Damon Lindelof added in the same interview:
“As we finished our most recent season, it became clear to us that the series as a whole was following the same model…and with our beginning and middle complete, the most exciting thing for us as storytellers would be to bring The Leftovers to a definitive end. And by ‘definitive,’ we mean ‘wildly ambiguous but hopefully mega-emotional,’ as all things related to this show are destined to be.”
Lindelof then spoke more candidly with Slash Film, telling them that season two was never meant to be the ending for The Leftovers.
“I’ll be honest with you, that idea — this could be the end — was never articulated. I think we want to design every season of The Leftovers as a novel, as opposed to a piece in a trilogy. After the first season ended, I really felt like that was it. I thought, ‘Okay, we’ve now adapted Tom’s novel, and we ended it the exact same way Tom’s novel did. I kind of get the sense that Nora is there, holding the baby in her arms, and Laurie is probably going to leave the Guilty Remnant, even if that’s not definitive, and, at the very least, she’s reunited with Tom, and Kevin has saved Jill’s life.’ Kevin and Jill are all there, smiling, staring at Nora and the baby, and I could extrapolate what happens next, and I was cool with that being the ending. All these characters were in turmoil when I first met them, but now they’ve found each other.”
The Leftovers season 3 cast
Lindsay Duncan (Birdman) has joined the cast of The Leftovers season 3. There’s no word on who the actress is playing or even how many episodes she’ll appear in, but she’ll join the already established cast of Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Janel Moloney, Kevin Carroll, Jovan Adepo, Regina King and Scott Glenn.