Release Date: April 16, 2017
Episodes: Eight (8)
Really? Yeah. :(
What else? Well, there’s not much. Creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta are keeping a tight lid on what’s coming, but what we do know can be summed up in the first images released from HBO. Click through the gallery to see them all, and we’ll keep updating as more photos, posters, and information is made available.
Would you just look at these two. Clearly they’re wearing those shades to protect themselves from the fire they’re creating. You know, with their hotness. And badass-ery. Hot damn.
Now that we’ve gotten the most important visual information out of the way, here’s the official synopsis for “The Leftovers” Season 3, which was shot on location in Texas and Australia:
This season finds the Garvey and Murphy families coming together as they desperately grasp for a system of belief to help better explain that which defies explanation. The world is crackling with the energy of something big about to happen, a corresponding bookend to the Sudden Departure that sent them all spinning years earlier, bringing their journey Down Under.
Kevin (Justin Theroux) has a beard now. So does Reverend Matt (Christopher Eccleston). John (Kevin Carroll) is sporting a thicker mane than last year. What does it all mean? Will we ever find out? I’m hoping it’s a sign of unity amongst a once divided group. After all, they’ll need each other before this thing comes to a close.
Don’t ask me why, but Matt’s joke combined with Kevin attacking him for it makes me laugh every. single. time. This show is just the best.
…but little else is known about the character played by this year’s new addition to the cast.
Though a lot of these photos focus on Justin Theroux (he’s in almost every image), it’s important to note that the whole gang is coming back for Season 3.
Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, Kevin Carroll, Christopher Eccleston, Scott Glenn, Regina King, Jovan Adepo, Janel Moloney, Margaret Qualley, Jasmin Savoy-Brown, Liv Tyler and Chris Zylka are all confirmed for Season 3. Lindsay Duncan (“About Time”) is also joining the cast.
We can’t really see her wrist in the first image of Carrie Coon, but there’s no hint of a cast. Are they in Australia? Does it happen after leaving Jarden? Did she hurt it when she fell down trying to rescue her baby during the Season 2 finale? Did she sprain it throwing a brick through someone else’s window? Or did it get hurt while she tried out a new dangerous hobby, a la getting shot in the chest with a gun?
Let nothing separate these two fires starters.
Are Kevin and Nora happy to visiting Kevin Sr. in Australia? Are they visiting Kevin Sr. in Australia? We know they shot down under, and the continent has played a prominent role in the mythology. We’ll find out April 16.
They don’t seem too happy.
And why does Kevin look so suspicious?
…are they in a hotel?
He’s in a hotel!
Mimi Leder’s first time directing “The Leftovers” came with one of the most haunting (and gruesome) episodes to date: “Gladys” (Season 1, Episode 5). But ever since, she’s worked to lighten up and broaden the series. She was a major part in the new look of Season 2: more scenes outside and more light in general.
She’s onboard for Season 3, too, as a producer and director. The shot to the left shows her working with Justin Theroux during Season 3. For more on Leder’s role in the series, read our interview with the talented helmer from Season 2.
OK, this photo of Lindelof with Mimi Leder on the set of Season 3 is basically just an excuse to bring up the karaoke scene from the Season 2 finale. Leder directed, Lindelof wrote it (with co-creator Tom Perrotta), and we’ve got an oral history of its creation right here. Believe me, it’s fascinating.
There’s also a pretty sick video version of this on Justin Theroux’s Instagram account. I believe the kids these days are calling it a “motion poster.” Either way, enjoy.
Look at that beard. We just can’t get over it. It’s a good look!
We’re digging those glass, John (played by the great Kevin Carroll). They fit your face well, and give you a less…antagonistic demeanor. Maybe you’ve turned over a new leaf.
OK, you caught us. These are just gifs pulled from the first teaser trailer. Watch it here.
How Laurie fits into the Garvey clan is one of the big questions of Season 3, but how she becomes her own person is even more important. She left the GR, but she used her son to try to save other members. Her results need to match up (morally) with her intentions, as we’re sure she knows already.
Damn it, Evie! You tricked us so gooooood last year, you darn little GR convert, you. Jasmin Savoy Brown is doing a great job, though. Keep looking up! Things will be OK…maybe.
Papa Garvey (Scott Glenn) looked much better when he was in a mental health facility, and that’s not something people usually say.
Way to get back in that uniform, Kev, or should we say, “Way to keep it”? Following his journey into the hotel, Kevin seems to have kept the cop’s clothes he wore the second time through. It was always his calling, and we’re glad he’s rediscovered it.
“The Leftovers” Season 3 premieres April 16, 2017.
Nora Durst gets shit done.
We’ve been waiting months to find out what happens to the Guilty Remnant after their Miracle takeover in Season 2. And this photo tells us…nothing. Damn it!
Can Jill and Laurie patch things up before “The Leftovers” ends?
It looks like Tommy joined the force with his dad. After a year wandering through the G.R., it’s good to see him with the good guys.
Scott Glenn is back as Kevin’s older father, but whether he’s the craziest or sanest person on the planet is still up for debate.
Kevin the tourist.
Will we get another standalone episode with Reverend Matt? We’ll have to wait and see.