The Leftovers will be returning for a final season on HBO this April and a first look at the show has been released. The show remains in a constant state of mystery but it has been released that a portion of the series will take place in Australia. Australia has been alluded to many times throughout season one and two.
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Showrunners Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta spoke to Entertainment Weekly about this final season of The Leftovers.
“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.”
“Though there are some big crazy ideas in the third-and-final season, we wanted to feel like we were building toward something conclusive. I wanted to take full advantage of the fact that when the audience watches the first episode of season 3 that they know it’s the beginning of the end. You don’t want to feel like an epilogue, but a climax.”
One thing is clear, The Leftovers isn’t going to embrace traditional storytelling devices.
“It’s a very careful storytelling process because you don’t want to frustrate the audience. 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.”
The third and final season of The Leftovers will premiere during April 2017 on HBO. A more specific date will be released at a later date.