The potential end of the writers’ strike has already brought some good news – including the announcement of the start of work on the second season of the dramatic post-apocalyptic HBO series The Last of Us.
The showrunner of the series, Craig Mazin, shared the news on social networks:
“Very proud of the WGAWriters Guild of America and is pleased to return to work on the second season of The Last of Us. The strike has not yet been officially called off, but once it is over we will immediately get back to work.”
Another co-creator and co-creator of The Last of Us game series, Neil Druckmann, previously announced that scripts for the second season are “already mapped out.”
However, there is another strike (from the actors’ union SAG-AFTRA) that could interfere with the filming of the show – until it ends, the actors, in particular Bella Ramsay and Pedro Pascal, are unlikely to be able to return to work.
The debut season of the show, based on the events of The Last of Us, released for PS3 in 2013, consisted of 9 episodes, which constantly broke viewing records during broadcasts. The Last of Us subsequently became HBO’s most-watched series of all time and was nominated for 24 Emmy Awards.
The series’ renewal was announced two weeks after the first episode aired in March. And already in August, the co-authors announced as many as 4 seasons for the post-apocalyptic show.
What will be shown in the second season? (Spoiler alert)
The second season will adapt the second game in the series, The Last of Us Part 2, and will take place after the traumatic events at the Santa Barbara hospital.
According to the plot of the game, Joel is killed by a group of former “fireflies” led by Abby, who beats the main character to death in front of Ellie (this is one of the controversial moments in the second part of the game, so it’s interesting whether Mazin and Druckmann will follow the plot canon, if this is planned at all).
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Pascal himself, when asked about Joel’s fate in the second season, gave a not very confident answer:
“I don’t know. I think there is more freedom of action in the second part.”
The showrunners did not give a final answer regarding the role of Abby, although it seems they were considering candidates. Meanwhile, Florence Pugh (“Oppenheimer”) was rumored to be offered the role, and Shannon Berry (“The Wilds”) was also considered.