Earlier this year, HBO successfully adapted Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed PlayStation exclusive, The Last of Us, into a hit TV series. The premiere of Season 1 became HBO’s second-largest debut since 2010, and its second episode set new records. Shortly after the series premiered, HBO confirmed that The Last of Us would be returning for a second season. According to a report from Deadline, we now have more information about the upcoming season.
Production and Premiere Details
During a recent news event in New York, HBO’s Casey Bloys revealed that Season 2 of The Last of Us is set to begin production early next year and aims for a 2025 premiere. While Bloys did not provide any further details about the season, Craig Mazin, the co-creator and executive producer of the series, previously mentioned that progress had already been made on the show. Mazin stated that the team had completed the script for the first episode and expressed excitement about the progress they were making.
“We got pretty far actually, we were doing great,” Mazin told Deadline. “[The Last of Us game co-creator Neil Druckmann] and I had been sitting and talking with [The Last of Us Part II co-writer Halley Gross] and Bo Shim, the new writer that was in our little tiny room with us – obviously not a mini room because we’re greenlit proper, we’re a real show, and because I hate that mini room stuff.”
Considering that the first season of The Last of Us covered the events of the first game and its Left Behind DLC, it’s safe to assume that Season 2 will delve into the story of The Last of Us Part II. However, casting announcements for the new season have yet to be made, as they are likely waiting for the resolution of actor and writer strikes.
As fans eagerly anticipate the next season, it’s a good time to revisit the reviews of The Last of Us Part I and The Last of Us Part II. If you want to learn more about the game, be sure to check out Game Informer’s reviews.