The Leftovers embarks on its final journey tonight, and it’s not to be missed. Culturess has all the details on how to catch the season 3 premiere.
Almost one-and-a-half years have passed since we saw Kevin Garvey reunite with his family, yet it still doesn’t feel like enough time to prepare for the last season of The Leftovers. It’s not just that I’m not sure I can handle the inevitable deluge of emotion. There’s also something strangely intimidating about the prospect of witnessing excellence.
On one hand, it would be a devastating letdown if the show failed to stick the landing. On the other hand, what if this last season is everything we hoped for? What if it cements The Leftovers as one of the all-time greats? What if it’s… perfect? At the risk of sounding melodramatic, how could we even go on?
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Eight episodes remain, and the important thing right now is that we cherish them.
So, what can we expect from The Leftovers season 3? For starters, we know that a substantial portion of it will take place in Australia, where Kevin’s father has been living (and boy, has he been living). Here’s the official plot synopsis for the season premiere, titled “The Book of Kevin”:
"Three years after Miracle, Texas was overrun by the Guilty Remnant, Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) has returned to his role as chief of police. Although he seems to have moved past the incredible events surrounding his “resurrection,” the Seventh Anniversary of the Sudden Departure is just two weeks away and many believe another apocalyptic event may come with it."
We can deduce from the trailers released by HBO that the potential “apocalyptic event” is a massive flood – a natural disaster somehow turned unnatural. Also loaded with religious subtext is the episode title, which refers ironically to the Biblical gospels. It appears that the show will lean hard into the implications of Kevin’s two round-trips to the afterlife; it’s no coincidence that the season starts on Easter Sunday. Is Kevin actually special? Or is he merely a false prophet, like Holy Wayne?
The important thing, though, is that Kevin is a police officer again, which means we get to see more of Justin Theroux in sunglasses.
Date: Sunday, April 16
Start time: 9 p.m. EST
Episode: “The Book of Kevin”
TV Channel: HBO
Mimi Leder directed “The Book of Kevin” from a script written by co-creator Damon Lindelof and Patrick Somerville.