HBO said today that The Leftovers, its sci-fi drama created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, will return for its eight-episode third and final season in April.

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The series focuses on the ways ordinary people react to inexplicable events, following the lives that were forever changed when 140 million people vanished from the face of the earth. “I think that The Leftovers has carved out a space in the zeitgeist that’s much more culty —  it’s a much smaller, impassioned audience,” Lindelof told Deadline in June.

The Leftovers went through a creative makeover for Season 2, which was well received despite the lack of recognition by the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes. (The series did receive a WGA Award nomination for its second season.) Its ratings had been modest as best, putting its long-term prospects in question, but the series and Lindelof — for whom this has been a passion project — has been well liked by HBO and Warner Bros. TV brass, and a third season allows the creators to close out the story.

The Season 3 cast includes Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, Kevin Carroll, Christopher Eccleston, Scott Glenn, Lindsay Duncan, Regina King, Jovan Adepo, Janel Moloney, Margaret Qualley, Jasmin Savoy-Brown, Liv Tyler and Chris Zylka.

Produced by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Leftovers is executive produced by showrunner Lindelof, Perrotta, Mimi Leder, Tom Spezialy, Gene Kelly, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey.