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The Last Of Us Part 2's story is bigger than one season, says HBO showrunner

The Last Of Us Part 2's story is bigger than one season, says HBO showrunner

The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin has said that Part II's story is "more than a season's worth of television".

There might be only two episodes left of The Last of Us’ first season, but fear not - the show is far from over yet.

It didn’t take long at all for HBO to confirm that season two of The Last of Us has been given the green light. Given how wildly successful the show has been so far, this news didn’t come as much of a surprise - it’s smashed multiple viewership records since its premiere, and the hype for the series doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down any time soon.

Take a look at the trailer for The Last of Us episode eight below.

So, Part II is coming, but speaking to IGN, showrunner Craig Mazin revealed that it’s almost certainly going to take more than a single season to adapt its story.

“It's a big animal to take apart, you know?” he said. “Because it's a much bigger story and it's a more complicated story. I think it's a beautiful story. So Neil [Druckmann] and I are just now sort of figuring out how to… because it’s more than a season's worth of television, for sure.”

This definitely raises further questions about how the adaptation is going to work in the first place. Those who’ve played Part II (as well as those who simply existed on the internet around the time it came out) will know that the game featured a controversial narrative structure. As such, the question on everyone’s minds is how this will transfer to the show. Will we have alternating episodes, telling Ellie and Abby’s stories alongside each other? Heck, if we’re having more than one season, could that mean that Abby might have an entire season dedicated to her? That choice would definitely prove to be controversial.

At the time of writing, we’ve been given no indication as to when we can expect season two to release, but given how long it took season one to release after its initial announcement, it’s probably going to be some time yet.

Episode eight is set to air on Sunday 5 March in the U.S., and Monday 6 March in the UK.

Featured Image Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment, HBO

Topics: The Last Of Us, The Last Of Us Part 2, TV And Film