Full disclosure: I gave up on The Leftovers halfway through the first season. It’s not that it wasn’t a good show. Like just about everything on HBO, it was objectively good television. It was just the darkest, most depressing world imaginable, and I just couldn’t bring myself to go back there week after week. I watch television to escape the problems of the real world for a little while, and The Leftovers was just a barrage of misery without even a speckle of hope.
With that being said, I do wonder if I should have just stuck it out. Because usually when I give up on a show it’s because it doesn’t resonate with me. But that wasn’t the case with The Leftovers. If anything it was affecting me too much. While I didn’t enjoy watching it, it certainly achieved the objective of any art, which is to make us feel things. Plus the show supposedly hit its stride in the second season.
Anyway, today HBO released a “first look” trailer for the third and final season. And from the looks of it, it’s still not all rainbows and unicorns. But if you’ve made it this far, you’ll be glad to know “THE END IS NEAR”. The final season begins on April 16th.