Following a critically acclaimed sophomore effort, HBO has decided to renew The Leftovers for a third and final season….
The Leftovers will not end on a cliffhanger with the creators behind the series now able to bring the show to it’s conclusion after HBO decided to renew the drama for a third and final season.
Based on a book by Tom Perrotta with former Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof acting as one of the executive producers who helped adapt the material for television, The Leftovers tells the story of a world left in the aftermath of a sudden departure where two-percent of the world’s population just disappears.
The series has received rave reviews for the past two seasons although ratings for the latest season, which just ended a week ago, weren’t as solid as the first year.
Still, HBO decided to give The Leftovers one more season to compete the story and bring the show to an end.
“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. 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.”
Following a first season based in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York, The Leftovers picked up shop and moved to the town of Jarden, Texas for season two with a pair of families — the Garveys and the Murphys — taking center stage this past season.
There’s no time line on when The Leftovers season 3 will debut or even get back into production but it’s like the final season will begin airing at some point in 2016.