The Last of Us Season 2: What is next in this post-apocalyptic drama series?

The Last of Us Season 2: What is next in this post-apocalyptic drama television series?
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Look for the light because the second season is officially renewed! Here is everything we know so far about The Last of Us Season 2. 

After the debut of the season finale episode, it is clear that Joel and Ellie’s adventure will go on in this post-apocalyptic world with another season that has been torn apart by a deadly fungus that produces creatures that resemble zombies. Before you read further, we would like to highlight that the following passage contains some major spoilers regarding the next chapter.

Therefore, if you haven’t watched the season finale yet, we advise that you stop reading it right away. 

The Last of Us Season 2: What is next in this post-apocalyptic drama television series?

The last moments of the final episode were heart-stopping as Joel and Ellie were taken prisoner by Firefly troops and brought to a hospital, where doctors were preparing Ellie for surgery to find a cure. However, Joel fights back and kills the majority of the soldiers as well as the chief surgeon. Later, we see that Ellie awakens in the car with Joel as he deceives her and tells her the Fireflies were unable to develop a remedy because they had discovered other immune individuals, and she believes him. 

If you played the game then you’ll remember this jaw-dropping conclusion of part one. Like years ago, the episode did a perfect job of adapting the story for television and capturing the feelings these characters were experiencing in the end, which is exactly how the first game did leave the audience wanting more. Now, with the second season officially on the way the fans have started to speculate how to story will explore Joel and Ellie’s relationship in the next chapter. 

The Last of Us Season 2: What is next in this post-apocalyptic drama television series?

If you’re wondering the same thing, then you can breathe easier because there have been hints about the second season’s potential plot floating around the internet. In a recent interview, series creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann assured that Season 2 will have “a lot more infected.” This is great news as many fans complained about the infrequent zombie mayhem in the HBO drama series being set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Furthermore, according to co-creator and showrunner Craig Mazin, the season two story is much bigger and may be divided into two seasons. “It’s a big animal to take apart, you know? Because it’s a much bigger story and it’s a more complicated story. It’s a beautiful story,” Mazin told IGN. “It’s more than a season’s worth of television, for sure.”

The Last of Us Season 2: What is next in this post-apocalyptic drama television series?

Mazin also confirmed season 2 “will be different” from Part II. “It will be different just as this season was different [from the first game],” he continued. “Sometimes it will be different radically, and sometimes it will be [barely] different at all. But it’s going to be different and it will be its own thing. It won’t be exactly like the game. It will be the show that Neil and I want to make.”

The official HBO’s The Last of Us podcast with host Troy Baker and showrunners Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann discusses some important points that you might want to check out. They are joined by special guest Ashley Johnson, who played Ellie in the game and plays a pivotal character in the finale episode of the season. The group unpacks the origin of Ellie’s immunity and the story of Joel’s scar. 

They also discuss Joel’s moral choices at the show’s conclusion and the impact of his choices on his relationship with Ellie. Additionally, they discuss the forthcoming season by dropping hints about how the second game’s elements may influence the plot and what else viewers can anticipate as the season moves forward if it picks up where the previous one left off. Check out the official podcast exclusively on Spotify and HBO Max YouTube channel. 

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For the most frequently asked question, “When will The Last of Us: Season 2 return?” We can speculate that if filming does begin later this year, then the second season will likely premiere sometime around late 2024 or early 2025, which is roughly comparable to the first season. We would like to highlight that this can only happen if the production starts without any long hiatus, which is possible if it is completed on a timely schedule.

In an exclusive interview with Collider, Pedro Pascal hinted that filming for Season 2 will begin later this year. Pascal responded somewhat jokingly, “I can’t reveal too much.” But he did address the possibility of it happening, quoting, “In the year 2023? Oh, what season are we in now? We’re getting into spring?” Ultimately, he came around to specifics, saying, “Yes, there is a chance. Yes.” 

In the meantime, stream all the episodes on HBO and HBO Max to speculate on the plotlines you think can happen next. Interested viewers can also enable notifications on the digital streaming platform. The membership costs $10 per month (or $100 per year) for the ad-supported plan and $15 per month (or $150 per year) for the ad-free option. The series is also expected to be available on Binge in Australia and Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom.

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Catch up on the prior episodes while you wait for more The Last of Us Season 2 details, then let us know your thoughts on the final episode.