Fans of HBO’s smash-hit adaptation of The Last of Us may be in for some disappointing news as they await the show’s second season. That’s because show creator Craig Mazin all but confirmed in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly’s “The Awardist” podcast that season 2 will be delayed due to the ongoing WGA writer’s strike.
“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,” Mazin said in the interview. He goes on,
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.”
Mazin also revealed that the entirety of season 2 had been mapped out before the strike began in early May. Additionally, season 2 filming was set to begin early in 2024 with an intended release window of the first part of 2025. It is now likely that the eventual release of season 2 will occur in the second half of 2025 at the earliest.
It was made public following the the season 1 finale that the second season of The Last of Us would be shot mainly in Calgary and other Alberta, Canada locations. Season 2 will essentially follow the storyline of The Last of US Part II—the 2020 follow-up to Naughty Dog’s landmark story-driven action-adventure game.
Via The Direct.
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