The Last of Us Season 2: Has the filming for the new season started?

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Is it returning for a second season sooner than we expected? Continue reading to learn more about The Last of Us Season 2.

There are two episodes remaining in the first season, which will conclude on March 12, 2023, on HBO. While the good news for the fandom doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon, the show was greenlit back in January 2023, ahead of the series finale premiere, which is exciting to map out the franchise’s future projection, which is adapted from the same American post-apocalyptic drama video game developed by Naughty Dog.

The Last of Us has an approval rating of 96% based on 356 reviews, with an average rating of 8.8/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. The website’s general consensus reads, “Retaining the most addictive aspects of its beloved source material while digging deeper into the story, The Last of Us is binge-worthy TV that ranks among the all-time greatest video game adaptations.” On the other hand, Metacritic calculated an average of 84 out of 100 based on 41 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim.” 

There is no doubt that the viewers have been heavily invested in the series from the start because the reception speaks for itself! 

The Last of Us Season 2: Will the filming begin in 2023?

In an exclusive interview with Collider, Editor-in-Chief Steve Weintraub sat down with Pedro Pascal, and shed some light on the question of whether the series will go straight into production this year or not. During their discussion about The Mandalorian Season 3, Weintraub naturally took the opportunity to check in with Pascal about The Last of Us, asking if 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.” Overall, this is fantastic news because the show’s plot has been so intriguing and well-developed to showcase the evolution of Joel and Ellie’s relationship before leading into the new chapter. If you haven’t played the game yet, we will not reveal the future storyline.

However, there is a lot of serious stuff to unpack, as many game fans anticipate that Season 2 will definitely cover the content of the second game! 

The Last of Us Season 2: Will the filming begin in 2023?

The Last of Us: When will the new episodes premiere?

The official synopsis of the series states, “The Last of Us takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. In this action-adventure series, Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie (Bella Ramsey), a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal and heartbreaking journey as they traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.” 

Take a look at the official episode guide which hasn’t released any synopsis to avoid spoilers: 

  • Season 1 Episode 8: When We Are in Need – March 5, 2023
  • Season 1 Episode 9: Look for the Light – March 12, 2023

In order to receive updates on when the show premieres on HBO and HBO Max on Sundays at the same time slot of 9 p.m. ET. 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 will also be available on Binge in Australia and Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom.

Take a look at the official promo for the upcoming episode below, which will continue the plot from this week’s episode, “Left Behind,” which followed the aftermath of the previous episode. Ellie’s struggle to save Joel brings back memories of her time in a FEDRA orphanage. After weeks before meeting Joel, Ellie recalls going on a night with her best friend Riley that would change the course of both of their lives—and the fate of the world—forever.

Episode 8 Preview | The Last of Us | Max

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