Season 2 of The Last of Us will not arrive on our screens anytime soon. Delayed by strikes, production has only just begun in Canada. To wait until the release, here is all the information on the continuation of the adaptation of the famous Naughty Dog games.
After the success of the first season of The Last of Us, the continuation of the adventures of Ellie and Joel has been confirmed on HBO. As a reminder, this HBO series is adapted from the successful video game of the same name. As soon as the third episode of the first season aired, the channel announced that it was renewing the series for a second season. Since the events of the series follow those of the video game franchise, this second season will be based on the context of the game The Last of Us: Part II.
With its mastered and gripping storyline, its striking action scenes with careful visual effects, and its excellent casting, this dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of the end of the world, co-created by Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin, has fully deserved its place among the best series. Storyline, release date, casting: we’ve gathered everything we know so far about the second act.
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⏲️ What release date for season 2 of The Last of Us?
We don’t yet know when TLOU season 2 will be released. Although it was initially planned for filming to begin in mid-2023, the strike of Hollywood writers and actors thwarted HBO’s plans. While the social movement is complete, development of the series will soon be able to begin. Casey Bloys, head of content at HBO, confirmed that filming would begin at the beginning of 2024.
The program will not be broadcast before 2025, as indicated in the latest trailer presenting future HBO series on the Max platform:
📺 The Last of Us season 2: on which platform will it be available?
Initially offered for free access on Prime Video, the series is now included in the Warner Pass offered as an option. However, it is likely that season 2 will be broadcast on Max. According to Variety, the SVOD platform is supposed to arrive in the summer of 2024 in France. His arrival risks sounding the death knell for the Warner Pass.
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🔍 How many episodes will The Last of Us season 2 have?
Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin revealed that theyr carte blanche as to the number of episodes that will make up season 2 of their flagship series. Based on the first season, which has 9 episodes, the creators could try to approach the quota, in order to respect a certain consistency, or deliberately choose to explode the counter.
“I was told to do as many episodes as the story requires, no more. This will be our approach for future seasons. We will do as many seasons as necessary to reach this end, and no more”.
Neil Druckmann for Collider.
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✍️ What will be the plot of season 2 of The Last of Us?
As explained in the introduction to this file, season 2 of The Last of Us will follow the plot of the second part of the video game work ; to know : The Last of Us: Part II, released in 2020. This second episode takes place four years after the events of the first opus. Our two favorite protagonists, played by the sublime acting duo Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, have found refuge in the community of the town of Jackson, which they had the opportunity to discover in season 1.
While they spend more or less peaceful days, a dramatic event will deeply affect Ellie. The daring little girl will then embark on a punitive expedition to demand justice. If you haven’t played the second part of TLOU, you will be surprised by the turn of events in this second round of episodes! The plot could, however, be told differently in the series, especially since it should include scenes deleted from the game.
If the infected were entitled to a few timid appearances in the first season, the next should put them more in the spotlight according to an interview with Craig Mazin for Variety. The co-producer of the series affirmed that it was preferable to initially concentrate on the development of the characters and their respective stories, rather than frantically stringing together action scenes. Still according to his words:
“There will be more development of The Last of Us universe. It’s entirely possible that there will be many more infected later. And maybe even different kinds”.
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🤔 What’s happening in The Last of Us season 1?
If you played the first part of the video game franchise, we won’t teach you anything. However, it may be useful to give a quick recap of past events in season 1 for others. We obviously advise you to follow the episodes, which are worth the detour.
❗The following paragraph contains spoilers.
The story plunges us into a postapocalyptic universe where a devastating epidemic ravaged the world. The story takes place in 2023 in the United States. Most men have been infected with Cordycepsthe fungus responsible for the epidemic whose origin dates back to 2003. The survivors are evolving as best they can in this world, where two opposing factions are now waging a merciless war: FEDRA and the Fireflies.
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The 9 episodes of the first season retrace the dangerous journey of Ellie and Joel, from their meeting to their final destination. Over the course of the episodes and the adventures they encounter, we witness the strengthening of their bonds, which now resemble more of a father-daughter relationship.
The two protagonists finally arrive at the Fireflies’ lair in Salt Lake City, where Ellie, who is mysteriously immune to the virus, must undergo surgery; with the aim of finding a cure for the epidemic. This operation, however, will lead to the death of the young girl, an idea that Joel cannot resolutely accept. After learning this, he without hesitation decimated even the slightest Firefly, before recovering his protégé still asleep on the operating table. He then takes her away from the marker behind the wheel of a vehicle.
In the last scene, Joel is on his way to Jackson to find his brother Tommy. Ellie wakes up in the back of the car and asks Joel to tell her what happened, but he prefers to hide the truth from her, claiming that the doctors couldn’t find a cure.
🎥 Which actors for season 2 of The Last of Us?
In season 1, we had the opportunity to discover a great range of actors. However, many of them are dead and will no longer be present in the next season. Which was to be expected in a universe as hostile as that of The Last of Us. In any case, the second part should put the spotlight on survivors from the previous seasonas well as new characters who we can’t wait to meet.
Abby, one of the two playable characters in the second game, will be played by Kaitlyn Dever. The information was confirmed by the showrunners, happy “to see a renowned artist like Kaitlyn join Pedro, Bella and the rest of our family.” Enough to put an end to the rumors which suggested that Shannon Berry was going to play the protagonist. Young Mazino will take on the role of Jesse.
Here is the known cast for season 2 of TLOU:
- Pedro Pascal :Joel Miller
- Bella Ramsey :Ellie Williams
- Gabriel Luna :Tommy Miller
- Rutina Wesley :Maria Miller
- Kaitlyn Dever :Abby Anderson
- Young Mazino : Jesse
- Isabela Merced :Dina
- Catherine O’Hara : role still unknown
In particular, it remains to be seen who will be the actors who will be responsible for playing Lev, Yara, Owen or even Isaac.
❔ The Last of Us: is a season 3 planned?
According to Neil Druckmann, who also helped make the game, it will not be possible to tell the second part of The Last of Us in a single season. The series should therefore be renewed for at least one more season, after the second; which means thata third season will indeed see the light of day.
The adventure of The Last of Us: Part II is much more substantial than the first part. In fact, it takes approximately around twenty hours to complete the first game and its DLC (Left Behind), which is also summarized in episode 7 of season 1.
The Last of Us: Part II’s story is longer to complete, since it is necessary on average no less than 30 hours to see the end of it. It’s good news that the creators have decided to take their time to tell the story of this second part, considered a true masterpiece in the video game sphere.