Get Your First Look at 'The Leftovers' Third and Final Season

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 - 5:26PM
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 - 5:26PM
Get Your First Look at 'The Leftovers' Third and Final Season
The Leftovers is coming back for its third and (sadly) final season, and while we shouldn't expect any definitive answers to be forthcoming, we should hopefully expect a finale that's as insane and daring as the show's highly acclaimed second season. Now, Damon Lindelof is giving us our first look at the third season, which will take place in another unexpected location: Australia.

After moving the show from the fictional NY town of Mapleton to Texas between the first and second seasons, now Lindelof is moving his cast of characters to another continent:

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"Australia is the end of the world geographically and our show is about the end-of-the-world emotionally," Lindelof told EW. "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."
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The last season will focus heavily on Kevin's relationship with his father, who may or may not be able to talk to God:


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"It's like The Godfather," Lindelof says. "Marlon Brando keeps telling his son Michael, 'I don't want this business for you,' but every time the sh– hits the fan, Michael is in the room. So Senior is mixed up in something and pulls Kevin into it."
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And while Lindelof promises that they're working towards a satisfying conclusion, we shouldn't expect the "mythology" to be wrapped up in a neat bow. Unlike his previous TV series, Lost, The Leftovers doesn't really have a literal mythology.

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"It's a very careful storytelling process because you don't want to frustrate the audience," Lindelof says. "It's one thing to say, 'I'm giving you this box with a present inside and you're never going to open it' - who's going to accept that gift? We're constantly trying to modulate and fulfill the promises we've made. And it's not enough to say that all we care about is the characters and not the mythology. But I do think with The Leftovers the word 'mythology' doesn't necessarily apply the way it does to Lost or Westworld or Stranger Things or True Detective. Those shows have clearly defined mythologies. We don't want to frustrate the audience but The Leftovers plays by its own set of rules and will continue to do so."
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The Leftovers season 3 will premiere in April 2017 on HBO.
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