The Leftovers Renewed for Third and Final Season

Thursday, 10 December 2015 - 3:58PM
Leftovers
Thursday, 10 December 2015 - 3:58PM
The Leftovers Renewed for Third and Final Season
In today's bittersweet but unsurprising news, dystopian HBO drama The Leftovers has been renewed for one more season, allowing Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta to wrap up the story with a final act. 

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"This show has proven to be one of the most distinctive HBO series and we are extremely proud of its unrivaled originality, which has resulted in such a passionate following by our HBO viewers. We admire and fully support Damon's artistic vision and respect his decision to bring the show to its conclusion next season."
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This seems to imply that it was Lindelof's decision to end the show, but it was likely a decision on the part of the network, considering that the second season lost 60% of its viewership from season one. The first season was polarizing as a result of its relentlessly grim subject matter and heavy themes, and the second season came back with a new location, cast changes, and a slightly lighter feel, but was still fairly difficult to watch.

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"I think there's a sense of, 'Where did everybody from season one go? Are they going to binge it? Are they coming back?' It's like The Leftovers itself - maybe we'll never know," said Lindelof. "It's a little more than two percent unfortunately."
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It's surprising the show is coming back at all, considering that it didn't have huge ratings in the first place and it lost so much of its viewership, but fortunately, the second season was beloved by critics as a result of its bold storytelling and sharp writing. The second season just aired to rave reviews last week, and the episode "International Assassin" just received a WGA nomination. Lindelof credits the loyal fans and critics for the renewal:

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"I have never, ever experienced the level of creative support and trust that I have received from HBO during the last two seasons of The Leftovers," said Lindelof. "Tom, myself and our incredible team of writers and producers put tremendous care into designing those seasons as novels unto themselves…with beginnings, middles and ends. 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.

"On behalf of our incredible crew and superb cast, we are all tremendously grateful that HBO is giving us an opportunity to conclude the show on our own terms... an opportunity like this one rarely comes along, and we have every intention of living up to it," he continued. "One more thing. We are blessed by the unwavering support of our fans and the incredibly powerful voice of the critical community. We feel absolutely privileged to heat up one last helping of leftovers."
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Like the first season, the second season ended with pretty much all of its storylines wrapped up, so will we see another location change in season three? Lindelof knows where the third season is going, but only in the vaguest terms:

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"I have thought about where we would go in the third season, but just the very beginnings of ideas," he said. "Some of them we had to discuss in order to make the moves that we made in the finale in terms of not wanting to put our backs on the wall."
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