The Last of Us season two release window announced by HBO
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Do you want the good news, or the bad news? The bad news is that we’ve got a good long while to wait until season two of HBO’s The Last of Us hits our screens. The good news is that we at least now know just how long of a wait that’s going to be.
The Last of Us was a major success for HBO - and PlayStation too. Critics deemed it to be the ‘greatest video game adaptation of all time’, and sales of the game have seen a dramatic increase since the series aired. We know that season two will adapt The Last of Us Part II across several seasons, with locations having already been scouted. Vancouver will stand in for Seattle. Much of season one was also filmed in Canada. Season one took the best part of a year to film so we expected that it would take a while for season two to reach us, but thanks to HBO’s drama chief Francesca Orsi, we now know just what kind of a wait we’re in for.
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In an interview with Deadline, Orsi revealed that The Last of Us’ second season is currently slated to debut in 2025. There is one event that may affect the series though: the ongoing WGA strike. Orsi explained that it’s “too early to tell” exactly how the strike will affect their release slate, but added that, “We were looking at The Last Of Us for some time in 2025. And The White Lotus was ideally looking to go in 2024 but there’s some question about the timing of the strike.”
So, we have confirmation that the earliest we’re getting the next season is 2025 so realistically, we’re looking roughly at a two-year wait. Orsi did optimistically say, “While everything at this moment is pencils down, I’m hopeful that we can come to terms sooner than later.” She added that if the strike is to last a further six to nine months, it could jeopardise the show’s slated to release in 2025 including The Last of Us.
It’s not the first we’ve heard of the strike impacting the show. A previous report detailed that writing on the season two scripts had ground to a halt, as too have auditions. Actors were originally going to be auditioned using video game scenes but that plan was scrapped. Hopefully, the striking writers receive the pay offer they deserve and are hoping for.