The Last of Us Season 2 On HBO: News, Rumors, Release Date Expectation

If you want to find out where there will be a season 2 of The Last of Us, you’ve come to the right place. Fans of The Last of Us can already rejoice because the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic series has been renewed for a second season. Here's what you need to know.

The Last of Us season 1 turned out to be a smash hit for HBO, following Joel and Ellie as they embark on a cross-country trip to find a cure for a deadly fungal infection.

The show stayed true to the dark and emotional story of its source material, the 2013 The Last of Us video game that was just released for PC, and season 2 will reportedly continue to follow the plot of the game closely. In this article, we’ll discuss everything we know about The Last of Us season 2 so far.

The Last of Us Season 2: Plot Expectation

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The Last of Us season 1 was a huge hit, and fans are eagerly awaiting season 2 now. | © HBO

According to reports, season 2 of The Last of Us will follow the plot of the game even more closely than the first season did. This news may be both exciting and concerning for fans of the game, as they know exactly what goes down between Joel and Ellie in the second installment.

Bella Ramsey, who plays Ellie in the show, admitted in an interview with Esquire that she isn’t emotionally ready for certain events that may take place in the show. Pedro Pascal, who plays Joel, also revealed in an "Explain This" video that season 2 will stay true to the game entirely. However, the plot of the sequel will likely span two seasons.

Production for The Last of Us Season 2

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The Last of Us season 2 is already confirmed to happen. | © HBO

The Last of Us season 1 began filming in 2021, and we didn't see the first episode until January 2023. However, there is good news for fans who are eager to see season 2 because there is a chance that production for season 2 could begin filming this spring.

In a recent interview with Collider, Pascal mentioned that filming for season 2 may begin soon. Although good television takes time, it's exciting to hear that The Last of Us season 2 may be here sooner than we thought.

The Last of Us 2: Release Date Expectation

Even if everything's working according to plan, there can always be reasons causing a production delay – sometimes even very good reasons, like Arcane season 2 recently showed. Right now, a big writer's strike is causing multiple productions to be delayed, with some big titles like Stranger Things being affected. It's not clear whether this will have an impact on The Last of Us season 2 as well, but we wouldn't rule it out.

Putting all current pieces of information together, we expect The Last of Us season 2 to premiere in late 2024.

What to Expect from The Last of Us Season 2

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"The Last of Us" sticks very close to the original game by Naughty Dog. | © HBO

The Last of Us season 2 will have a lot of material to cover, including the divisive plot of The Last of Us Part 2.

Showrunners Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann hope that the remainder of the show will have something for everyone, whether they're newcomers to the series or devoted fans of the video game. Mazin and Druckmann also emphasized that they don't feel constrained by the source material, so viewers can expect to see changes in the show compared to the game.

Bella Ramsey will return as the lead for season 2, despite some criticism from internet trolls. The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann confirmed that they are making Season 2 with Ramsey, and that they won't recast her unless she decides not to work with them anymore.

Although there isn't much information about The Last of Us Season 2 yet, we do know that it will continue to follow the plot of the game closely and that filming may begin soon.

Fans of the series can expect to see Bella Ramsey return as Ellie and more changes to the story compared to the game. Despite the long wait for season one, we hope that season 2 will be worth it and that it will continue to live up to the high expectations set by the first season.