The Leftovers renewed

Season three will be the last for HBO’s The Leftovers. The drama, based on Tom Perrotta‘s book, recently concluded its stellar second season. Despite the show gaining more passionate fans, showrunner Damon Lindelof decided to end on the program on its own terms. Actor Justin Theroux, for the right (creative) reasons, is pleased the show is coming to an end.

Below, Justin Theroux sits down with us to discuss The Leftovers‘ final season and that big moment from season two.

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After season two of The Leftovers, it feels like season one hasn’t totally gotten its due. Admittedly, the HBO drama got off to a rough start, but midway through chapter one, the adaptation of Tom Perrotta‘s book began to soar. By the time “Guest” aired, directed by Carl Franklin (One False Move), The Leftovers began delving deeper into its world and characters — and season two continued to do the same. The main mystery became less of a burning question and the drama grew richer.

Showrunner and writer Damon Lindelof remains immensely proud of season one, but there were lessons learned that him and his collaborators kept in mind during season two. Below, read our conversation with Lindelof. (Spoilers for Season 2 of The Leftovers ahead.)

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Midway through season one of HBO’s The Leftovers, the show found its footing, going on to deliver heartbreaking, romantic, strangely comedic, and honest stories about family. The show continued to improve, and by the time season two premiered, the show was on its way to delivering an ambitious, dense, and more surreal chapter in its three-part story.

Based on Tom Perrotta‘s book, The Leftovers allowed co-creator and showrunner Damon Lindelof to start almost from scratch in season two. When season one ended, that was the end of Perrotta’s book. This past season some of the key characters picked up and moved to Jarden, Texas, where they learned not even paradise is perfect.

After the jump, read part one of our Damon Lindelof interview. (Spoilers for Season 2 of The Leftovers ahead.)

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I’ve been meaning to revisit Lost lately, but I’m sure glad I didn’t do that on Netflix. The rental service had been streaming a finale missing 18 minutes of footage, which is, as Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof says, befuddling. At least Netflix has been quick to respond. Read more of Lindelof’s reaction to the Lost shortened finale after the jump.

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After some fans worried season two was the end of The Leftovers, HBO gave them an early Christmas gift by renewing the drama for season three. The Leftovers finale ended on a poignant and satisfying note, but there’s still plenty left to explore in this world, and showrunner Damon Lindelof and all involved are getting another chance to return to these characters.

After the jump, read Lindelof’s comments on The Leftovers season three. (Beware spoilers for the first two seasons.)

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The Leftovers renewed

Season two of The Leftovers is fantastic. Midway through season one the show picked up some serious steam, and it just continued to get better and better. Creators Damon Lindelof (Lost) and Tom Perrotta and all involved took a lot of gambles this season — all of which paid off. Following the thrilling second season, HBO has renewed The Leftovers for its third and final chapter.

Learn more after the jump.

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In its second season, HBO‘s The Leftovers went from being a fascinating and totally compelling curiosity to one of the best shows on television. By embracing a few lessons he learned on Lost, showrunner Damon Lindelof managed to maintain the series’ trademark sense of overwhelming, existential despair and make it fun to watch at the same time. The Leftovers has been as punishing as ever this season, but now each emotional pummeling is accompanied by riveting mysteries and strong, fast plotting.

And cliffhangers. Oh boy, has this season had some cliffhangers. Last week’s episode, which was set entirely in a dream/afterlife/purgatory and managed to not be totally obnoxious, ended on a series-changing note. Last night’s episode completely ignored those events to focus on other characters, but it also culminated with a gigantic twist that puts the events of the past nine episodes in new context. Now, Lindelof has opened up about that twist, speaking at length about this big reveal in a new interview.

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HBO has released the second trailer for season two of The Leftovers, the premium cable drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name. We previously posted a very brief Leftovers teaser trailer and the first full length trailer. The new trailer focuses on Jarden Texas, a town which had no departures, but also gives us a better look at the characters and story which will be featured in this upcoming second season. Watch The Leftovers season 2 trailer embedded now after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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