HBO has officially ordered a third season of The Leftovers, but the news will no doubt be bittersweet for fans of the series, as it has also been confirmed that season three will be its final season.
The show, whose second season just recently came to a close a few days ago, comes from Damon Lindelof (LOST, Prometheus) and Tom Perrotta (Little Children) based on Perrotta’s book of the same name.
President of HBO programming Michael Lombardo made the announcement, saying:
“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. 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.”
Lindelof also released a statement, saying:
“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. 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.
On behalf of our incredible crew and superb cast, we are all tremendously grateful that HBO is giving us an opportunity to conclude the show on our own terms…an opportunity like this one rarely comes along, and we have every intention of living up to it. One more thing. We are blessed by the unwavering support of our fans and the incredibly powerful voice of the critical community. We feel absolutely privileged to heat up one last helping of leftovers.”
Lindelof acts as showrunner on The Leftovers, which is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Brothers Television. The show is executive produced by Lindelof, Perrotta, Mimi Leder, Tom Spezialy, Peter Berg, and Sarah Aubrey, and co-executive produced by, Gene Kelly, Jacqueline Hoyt, Albert Berger, and Ron Yerxa.