A second season of the hit HBO series The Last of Us starring Pedro Pascal has been confirmed for a release in 2025.
During a preview reel of all the network’s shows premiering in 2024 and 2025, The Last of Us was included in the latter year alongside other series like The White Lotus, Euphoria, And Just Like That…, and Welcome to Derry. In the clip for The Last of Us, there’s a scene of Pascal’s Joel killing a clicker and him and Bella Ramsey’s Ellie embracing one another. Ellie also says, “We finish what we started.”
Although HBO stated earlier this year that season 2 of the series would be released in 2025, many fans wondered if that would still be the case because of the ongoing strikes in Hollywood this year.
According to Variety, season 2 will start production in February 2024 in Canada. Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO of HBO and Max Content, said the strike had, in fact, delayed production of the second season.
Now, fans are wondering how close season 2 will mirror the second part of the video game. According to showrunner Craig Mazin, the team was able to “map out all of season 2” before the strike began but noted that production was postponed.
“I think it’s becoming essentially a near certainty that we won’t be able to start [filming] when we were hoping to start, which is upsetting,” he said. “We are all raring to go. This is what we are born to do. This is how we not only choose to live our lives, but I believe [how we] are compelled to live our lives. Otherwise, why the hell would we do this insane job? I can assure you it’s not for money.”
Remezcla called the first season “riveting” and described the characters of Joel and Ellie as the “driving force” of the series.