One of the first things to draw new eyes to “The Leftovers” Season 2 was when a big location change was announced. The first season covered most of the events within Tom Perrotta’s book — set in Mapleton, NY — meaning that the second season would consist of fresh material from the author as well as showrunner and co-creator Damon Lindelof. Considering the widespread success of said move to Miracle, TX — as well as the various connections made in the story to the land down under — it should come as no surprise to fans that Season 3 is headed to Australia: both the production and the final season’s narrative setting.
In a report from THR, HBO sources are saying that the production will begin in Austin, TX, picking up where it left off in Season 2 — a town decimated by the terrorist actions of the Guilty Remnant — before moving to Australia to continue shooting. No word was given on when shooting would begin or when fans can expect to see Season 3.
Those who paid close attention to the events of Season 2 (mild spoilers follow) should be quite pleased with the location change. Though Miracle, TX is a town filled with plenty of possibilities, many narrative signifiers pointed toward the relevance of Australia. Namely, Kevin Sr. (Scott Glenn) was roaming around down there looking for answers — and seemed to have found some, considering his communication with Kevin Jr. (Justin Theroux) during his near-death experience in Episode 8. Also, the man who lives in the tower at the center of downtown Miracle asked Michael (Jovan Adepo) to mail a package to Australia early in the season.
Said package was addressed to one David Burton, a name we later heard on a news report in relation to a man who was thought dead but later found in a cave, alive. Could he have gone through something similar to what Kevin did? Perhaps, and if you want further evidence of that connection, there’s a shot in Episode 7 of Kevin looking at a mounted Koala bear — an animal indigenous to and commonly associated with Australia — climbing a branch inside Virgil’s trailer (Grandpa Murphy, played by Steven Williams).
It was announced last year, following the Season 2 finale, that “The Leftovers” will end its masterful run after Season 3, making the location reveal all the more important. An answer to where 2 percent of the world’s population went may not be coming (as has always been promised by Lindelof and Perrotta), but the Garveys, Murphys and other characters may find what they need to keep going in Australia.
Relive the excitement of last season with the Season 2 trailer below: