Lindelof Talks “The Leftovers” S3 Move To Oz

Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, the creators behind HBO’s “The Leftovers,” recently announced an April premiere date for the eight-episode third and final season of their grim drama.

The most notable change for the new season is that most of the action takes place in Australia – a long way from the Texas home of the previous season as the new episodes feature Kevin Gary Jr. (Justin Theroux) going to see his father (Scott Glenn). Lindelof explained to EW why they chose the new setting:

“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.”

Talking about the structure of the new season, Lindelof confirms not everyone is going with Kevin and from the premiere you’ll have the feeling that everything is going to come to an end:

“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.

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 fulfil 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.”

A specific date for the return of “The Leftovers” in April has not yet been locked.