By Jonathon Dornbush
December 10, 2015 at 09:03 PM EST
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The Leftovers will offer plenty more opportunities for fans and Justin Theroux to cry when it returns for a third — and final — season.

HBO has announced that the critically acclaimed drama will return after the Dec. 6 conclusion of its second season. The third season will be the show’s last.

“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,” executive producer Damon Lindelof said in a statement along with the renewal. “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.”

The Leftovers‘ second season moved the show from its Mapleton, New York location to the town of Jarden, Texas, where not a single person disappeared during The Great Departure, which took 2 percent of the world’s population in an instant. The move included several main stars, including Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey, Amy Brennenman as Laurie Garvey, and Christopher Eccelston as Matt Jamison, and introduced several new players, like Regina King and Kevin Carroll as Erika and John Murphy, respectively.

“On behalf of our incredible crew and superb cast, we are all tremendously grateful that HBO is giving us an opportunity to conclude the show on our own terms…an opportunity like this one rarely comes along, and we have every intention of living up to it,” Lindelof said.

For more on the series, read EW’s recap of the season 2 finale.

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