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How much of the next game will Season 2 cover?
We're still reeling from the finale of The Last of Us Season 1. In the HBO drama's Episode 9, Joel (Pedro Pascal) took extreme measures (read: killed everyone) to keep Ellie (Bella Ramsey) alive. Season 1 of the show from Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann — the latter of whom wrote the game that the series adapts — ended on a somber note of Ellie seemingly knowing that Joel has lied to her about the Fireflies, and the cure they were working on.
Fans of the show — especially those of us who have not yet played video game maker Naughty Dog's PlayStation title — are eager to see what awaits the duo in Season 2.
HBO officially renewed The Last of Us for a second season on Jan. 27. TV Guide will share everything we learn about the next chapter of the story here.
In a recent interview with GQ, Mazin and Druckmann were asked whether Season 2 of the show will cover all of Part II of the game. "No, no way," Mazin said. However, fans can expect to see more of the infected when The Last of Us returns. "It's quite possible that there will be a lot more infected later," Mazin told Variety. "And perhaps different kinds."
Druckmann had already posted on Twitter that "Part II —> HBO." In other words, Season 2 is going to cover at least some of the second video game. Druckmann also told GQ that Part II will take "more than one season" to tell. When asked about the exact number of seasons it'll take to adapt Part II, however, the creators did not share.
Since The Last of Us Season 1 just finished airing, it'll be a while before Season 2 premieres. Big-ish news about production on Season 2 came straight from Pedro Pascal's mouth at the end of February. In an interview with Collider, the star was asked about when HBO would start shooting Season 2. While he's not the authority on The Last of Us' shooting schedule, he did say, "Yes, there is a chance, yes," that Season 2 will begin filming this calendar year. Given that morsel of information, if production and release was consistent with Season 1, shooting would end slightly less than a year later in 2024, and the season would air about six months later.
Without having played the game, it's hard to say who will appear in The Last of Us Season 2. After all, the episodes released thus far have killed off our new favorite characters one after another. But it's safe to assume that Pascal's Joel and Ramsey's Bella will return for a second season. Fans of the game are also discussing potential casting for Abby, a key figure in The Last of Us Part II.
Episodes are available to stream on HBO Max.