HBO has given a third-season order to The Leftovers but that will be the supernatural drama’s final run. Created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta based on Perrotta’s book, The Leftovers went through a creative makeover for Season 2, which has been well received, despite the lack of recognition by the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes. (The series recently received a WGA Award nomination for its second season.) The Leftovers‘ ratings have been modest as best, putting its long-term prospects in question, but the series and Lindelof, for whom this has been a passion project, have been well liked by HBO and Warner Bros. TV brass, and a third season was considered likely as it allows the creators to close out the story.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome back Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta and the extraordinary talent behind The Leftovers for its third and final season,” said HBO’s Michael Lombardo. “This show has proven to be one of the most distinctive HBO series and we are extremely proud of its unrivaled originality, which has resulted in such a passionate following by our HBO viewers. We admire and fully support Damon’s artistic vision and respect his decision to bring the show to its conclusion next season.”
“I have never, ever experienced the level of creative support and trust that I have received from HBO during the last two seasons of The Leftovers,” said Damon Lindelof. “Tom, myself and our incredible team of writers and producers put tremendous care into designing those seasons as novels unto themselves…with beginnings, middles and ends. As we finished our most recent season, it became clear to us that the series as a whole was following the same model…and with our beginning and middle complete, the most exciting thing for us as storytellers would be to bring The Leftovers to a definitive end. And by ‘definitive,’ we mean ‘wildly ambiguous but hopefully mega-emotional,’ as all things related to this show are destined to be.”
In the second season of The Leftovers, which ended its run on Sunday, the show expanded on the original concept of The Rapture explored in Perrotta’s novel, continuing to focus on the ways ordinary people react to inexplicable events. Season two told a tale of two families, the Garveys and the Murphys, whose lives intersected in surprising ways, following the Garveys from New York to eastern Texas, where one small town, nicknamed “Miracle,” and its residents had been spared during The Departure.
Season two series regulars included Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka, Regina King, Kevin Carroll, Jovan Adepo and Janel Moloney. The Leftovers is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television; executive produced by Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, Mimi Leder, Tom Spezialy, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey; co-executive producers, Gene Kelly, Jacqueline Hoyt, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. Lindelof serves as showrunner.