The Leftovers is headed Down Under in Season 3 — and they’re not traveling light.
Amid reports that Damon Lindelof’s acclaimed HBO drama will shoot its third and final season in Australia, TVLine has learned exclusively that nearly the entire ensemble is returning — with one notable exception.
First, let’s address who’s back. Returning cast members include leads Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon, as well as supporting players Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka and Janel Moloney. Additionally, Season 2’s entire Murphy clan — i.e. Regina King, Kevin Carroll, Jovan Adepo and Jasmin Savoy-Brown — is set for Season 3. Also back in a big way: Scott Glenn, who has been bumped up to series regular. Glenn recurred in Seasons 1 and 2 as the father of Theroux’s Kevin Garvey. (Savoy-Brown has also been upped to a regular after guest-starring in Season 2.)
And now for the decidedly smaller list of who won’t be returning. TVLine has learned that Ann Dowd, whose Patti Levin played a major role in Season 2 despite being killed off in Season 1, will not be back as a regular. Of course, it’s entirely possible Patti (who was successfully exorcised from Kevin’s psyche in Season 2) could return to haunt our tortured antihero as a guest star.
Glenn’s promotion, meanwhile, hardly comes as a surprise. Shortly after HBO renewed The Leftovers this past December, Lindelof told TVLine that he had big plans for the actor in Season 3. “Scott is a starting pitcher that we have used as a relieving pitcher,” he said at the time. “I would really like to see some more of Kevin Sr. — and not just in the present, but in the past.”
Little else is known about Season 3 — which TVLine hears will consist of eight episodes — although Lindelof previously (and half-jokingly?) said that he intends to bring the show to a “wildly ambiguous but hopefully mega-emotional” conclusion.
Thoughts? Happy to see so many of your favorites are on board for Season 3? And what do you make of the Aussie locale? Hit the comments!