the leftovers final season photo

The co-creators of The LeftoversDamon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, recently announced the third and final season of their drama premieres next April. Season two brought the Garvey family to Texas, but some of them are picking up and moving again this upcoming season. Most of season three takes place in Australia, where Kevin Gary Jr. (Justin Theroux) goes to see his father (Scott Glenn) and to experience more of the unexplainable, probably.

Below, read what Lindelof had to say about the final season and check out the entire The Leftovers final season photo.

Few plot details are known about the last eight episodes of The Leftovers. There was a promo on HBO recently showing Kevin Garvey Jr. wearing a police uniform and on horseback, which is most likely from the next two episodes set in Texas before the change to Australia.

Lindelof explained why the new setting felt right to EW:

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.

Here’s the first official still season three of The Leftovers:

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Lindelof went on to say the next season isn’t one big happy family trip. Not everyone is going with Kevin, but we don’t know who exactly is going with him yet. We do know this season will have episodes focused entirely on one character, like some of the series’ best episodes (“Guest”). Here’s what Lindelof had to say about the structure of next season:

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.

Lindelof had stated before they started writing season three with the ending in mind. He told EW the ending is going to play by the show’s own rules, as one would hope:

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.

Scott Glenn is now a series regular, so he’ll have a bigger presence this upcoming season. The character remains a mystery, but we know he went searching for answers, and that he’s not as insane as Kevin Garvey Jr. once thought. In the third and final season of The Leftovers, Lindelof teased: “Senior is mixed up in something and pulls Kevin into it.”

The Leftovers returns to HBO next April.

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