‘The Leftovers’ Final Season Teases Time-Jump in First Seven (!) Synopses
HBO’s The Leftovers was too good for this world, and as such, will depart it shortly. Before that happens, the final season is teasing majorly biblical events to come, and we’ve got the seven spoiler-y synopses to prove it!
You’re warned of significant revelations (heh) for the Damon Lindelof drama’s third and final year, but it looks as if some time will have passed since we first saw the Guilty Remnant invade the town of Jarden, Texas. Three years, to be exact, marking the Departure’s seventh anniversary (mind the Rapture comparison), while the full synopsis provides character updates on the main cast:
With the seventh anniversary of the Sudden Departure approaching, Kevin Garvey is at a crossroads. Though no longer tormented by Patti, he still questions if an ordinary life is possible. For Nora, Miracle didn’t turn out to be the safe haven she was looking for, and Kevin’s strange behavior has made her fear for the stability of their family. But Nora’s nothing if not resilient.
Laurie Garvey, who left the Guilty Remnant (G.R.) and became a sworn enemy of her former cult, has rejoined her splintered family in Texas. Steady, watchful and wiser than her years, Laurie’s daughter, Jill, seeks stability in her own life. Laurie’s son, ex-Holy Wayne follower and former undercover G.R. member Tom, wonders if he can just be a son and brother again.
Meanwhile, Matt Jamison’s faith in God — and in Miracle — has been rewarded. His wife, Mary, who awakened pregnant from her coma, has resumed life with him. All Matt can do is count his blessings and keep preaching the Word.
Season three also finds the Murphy family affected forever by the faked disappearance of their rebellious teenager, Evie, and by the rogue operation in Miracle, conducted by Meg, the most radical member of the G.R. Hardcore skeptic John Murphy has been shaken to his core by a series of inexplicable events, making him believe there may be miracles in Miracle after all.
Erika Murphy, a physician who dabbles in magical thinking, and a mother spurned by the daughter she loves, is smart and tough, but there’s only so much she can take. Son Michael, the most religious member of the family, is a faithful Christian who believes he has witnessed an actual resurrection.
And while all of them in Miracle are trying to find what is lost, to reconnect, to get better, Kevin Garvey, Sr. (Scott Glenn), the former Mapleton Chief of Police who heard voices in his head, is now at large in Australia.
Why stop there? HBO went ahead and issued synopses for the first seven episodes (Lindelof jokingly warned critics not to binge), previewing the circumstances that bring Kevin and Nora to Australia:
“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.
“Don’t Be Ridiculous”
In her official capacity as fraud investigator for the Department of Sudden Departure (D.S.D.), Nora (Carrie Coon) travels to St. Louis to investigate a possible scam that involves convincing the family members of The Departed there’s a way to see their loved ones again.
“Crazy Whitefella Thinking”
With the clock ticking towards the anniversary of the Departure and emboldened by a vision that is either divine prophecy or utter insanity, Kevin Garvey, Sr. (Scott Glenn) wanders the Australian Outback in an effort to save the world from apocalypse.
Kevin (Justin Theroux) and Nora (Carrie Coon) travel to Australia, where she continues to track down the masterminds of an elaborate con, while he catches a glimpse of an unexpected face from the past, forcing him to confront the traumatic events of three years earlier.
“It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”
Convinced it is Kevin’s (Justin Theroux) destiny to be in Miracle for the coming seventh anniversary of the Departure, Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) impulsively heads to Australia in an effort to bring Kevin home. Unfortunately, God gets in the way.
Laurie Garvey (Amy Brenneman), a former therapist, must become one again as she heads to Australia to help Nora (Carrie Coon) and Kevin (Justin Theroux) along their paths.
“The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)”
On a mission of mercy, Kevin (Justin Theroux) assumes an alternate identity.
The Leftovers Season 3 will also see Alice: Through the Looking Glass star Lindsay Duncan joining the cast in an unspecified role. Near of the entire Season 2 cast has been confirmed to return for the final year, while the series has also released its additional photos from the final season.
You can watch the full Leftovers Season 3 trailer below, and get those conspiracy boards ready for April 16.