Update: Variety has now reported further details on development of HBO’s The Last of Us Season 2, with production confirmed by showrunner Craig Mazin during a Writer’s Room panel to be kicking off on February 12th, 2024.
The show’s premiere is also officially pegged for a 2025 release window, according to HBO’s new “The One To Watch In 2024” promotional video:
A 2025 release date gives fans and newcomers plenty of time to get through the recently-announced The Last of Us Part II Remastered, which launches on January 19th and features enhanced visuals for PS5 along with all-new content and game modes.
Original Story: Variety has reported that the second season of HBO’s wildly-successful TV adaptation of The Last of Us is expected to enter production early next year, with HBO boss Casey Bloys confirming as much in a press conference.
Bloys reiterated that production on the follow-up season had been delayed due to both the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Variety notes that The Last of Us wasn’t on HBO’s 2024 slate presentation, so it doesn’t seem likely that we’ll see the show before 2025.
“We’ve outlined all of Season 2 and we’re ready to go as soon as the strike ends,” creator Neil Druckmann had previously told Entertainment Weekly.
“We were able to map out all of Season 2,” added showrunner Craig Mazin. “And I also wrote and submitted the script for the first episode and sent it in around 10:30 or 10:40 p.m. right before the midnight the strike began. I think it’s becoming essentially a near certainty that we won’t be able to start when we were hoping to start, which is upsetting. We are all raring to go.”
We loved the debut season of HBO’s The Last of Us, saying in our review, “Whilst the bar is low for video game TV and movie adaptions, HBO’s The Last Of Us rises above to be an absolute classic. It’d be a disservice to only go as far as saying that this is a fantastic TV show adaption of a video game, because on its own, it’s a must-watch piece of television.”