Tonight HBO’s series, The Leftovers, will air its series finale.
HBO is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to storytelling, action, and fearlessness. If you’re an actor and get cast in an HBO series, job security is unlikely but stardom is inevitable. The Leftovers is no exception and is currently the best show on television.
The series, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, is a master class in storytelling and mystery. For any answer audiences member receive, 10 more questions surface, and new complexities emerge. The show has gained popularity throughout its three seasons but hasn’t been able to reach the level of fans that Game of Thrones or Veep has found. Which is a shame. The Leftovers is a brilliant show that allows the audience to think and be challenged.
The show begins with a mystery, a mystery that is never answered (and is unlikely to be answered in the series finale). Where did 2% of the world’s population depart too? Will they ever return? While this concept alone is interesting, the show takes that initial story point and uses it as a jumping start, bringing into this world that is unlike anything being seen on TV.
Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, and Christopher Eccleston, deliver performances that are heartfelt and at times terrifying. Over the past three seasons, we have seen these actors develop their characters and blur the line between reality and fiction. Acting, storytelling and risk, all factors that make The Leftovers the best show currently on television.
For those who were fans of Lindelof’s Lost (like myself), The Leftovers echoes many similarities to that series but where Lost fell short, The Leftovers succeeded. This show has a strong beginning, middle, and end. After watching the season two finale, it was unclear if the show would be returning, the writers wrote every episode with an end in mind, making the story feel complete and finite. Thankfully, a third season was given the go-ahead and
Thankfully, a third season was given the go-ahead and The Leftovers fans have enjoyed one last season.
The Leftovers isn’t action heavy, but, it focuses on individual characters and allows their stories to be explored. Story points that had been set into motion back in season one, are just being resolved now in season three. Lindelof and Perrotta don’t simplify story content, instead, they make each character complex, haunted and at times uneven. You have to go back and rewatch episodes to catch every detail, this is a show that challenges you.
Take a chance on The Leftovers if you haven’t already, become engrossed in the mystery, musical score, and acting. You don’t want to be part of the world’s population that missed out on this incredible storytelling feat.
The Leftovers series finale takes place tonight at 9 pm on HBO and a full review of the finale will be online tomorrow.