The Leftovers renewed for a third and final season

The Leftovers Justin TherouxThe unique HBO drama The Leftovers has been picked up for one last season, according to a report by Variety. This is a response to the critical acclaim received by the second season, which ended its run last December 6.

The Leftovers is an ensemble drama that explores the repercussions of a mysterious event where 2% of the world’s population inexplicably disappeared. The show is based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta. The show’s all-star cast includes Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Liv Tyler, and Christopher Eccleston.

According to Variety, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo had this to say about the renewal:

“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.”

Show creator Lindelof also thanked the network for the opportunity to realize their creative vision. He said:

“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.”

He also added that he was grateful for the passionate support shown by fans of the show:

“We are blessed by the unwavering support of our fans and the incredibly powerful voice of the critical community. We absolutely privileged to heat up one last helping of leftovers.”