As fans of the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Last of Us” eagerly await more thrilling narratives, Naughty Dog, in collaboration with HBO, has announced that the filming for the much-anticipated second season is set to commence early in 2024. This news comes amidst a relatively quiet year for Naughty Dog on the gaming front, but the success of the series continues to keep the excitement alive.
Scheduled to begin on January 7, 2024, the production for the second season, like its predecessor, will take place in Canada. This continuity in location is expected to maintain the visual and thematic consistency that fans have admired in the series. The Production List confirms the return of key figures behind the success of the first season, with Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann of Naughty Dog reprising their roles as producers and writers.
The Return of Familiar Faces
The series will see Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey return to their roles as Joel and Ellie, respectively. Their portrayals in the first season garnered critical acclaim, and their return is a promising sign for the continuity and depth of the storyline.
The upcoming season, which will be divided into two parts, aligns with the narrative structure of “The Last of Us Part 2” game. This division suggests a complex and expansive storyline, offering ample room for character development and plot twists.
In a previous interview with Deadline, Mazin shed light on how external factors, such as the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, impacted the production. The strikes occurred mid-scriptwriting, forcing a pause in the process. Despite these challenges, Mazin managed to submit the first episode’s script just before the deadline.
Future of the Franchise
I did it! Wow that was hard, easily 300+ Marios dead in the process.
And so this tweet can live on in peace… yes, I’m still working on that game. pic.twitter.com/a5Avx9Xl8H
— Vinit Agarwal (@vinixkun) November 4, 2023
The anticipation for the next season is high, with a tentative air date set for 2025. While uncertainties remain, Mazin expresses a strong desire to release the show as planned.
Furthermore, he hints at the potential for the series to extend beyond the second season, depending on viewership and interest. The narrative possibilities for the series seem far from exhausted.
In addition to the series, fans of the franchise are also anticipating the multiplayer aspect of “The Last of Us Part 2.” There had been speculations about the project’s discontinuation, but Naughty Dog’s game director, Vinit Agarwal, confirmed that development is still ongoing. This news reassures fans that the world of “The Last of Us” continues to evolve, both on screen and in gaming.