If you watched the first season of The Last of Us you would know that the show was a faithful retelling of the video game. While it did introduce some new elements and spin the story a bit here and there, it didn’t deviate from the overarching plot which is a guy taking a girl across the country.
Everyone who died in the original video game plot, followed the same fate in the show and by the sound of things, season 2 is going to do the same thing. Of course, this then leads to the elephant in the room which is a major spoiler so don’t proceed below if you don’t know what happens.
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In the opening hours of The Last of Us Part 2, Joel gets brutally murdered by Abby who is the daughter of the surgeon he killed during the last act in the first game. Joel does this in order to save Ellie’s life after she would have been sacrificed for the act of science.
According to Pedro Pascal, who plays Joel in the live-action series, he hasn’t actually played the game or watched the scene where his character gets murdered. But he says he is quite aware of what takes place.
In an interview with Esquire, The Last of Us producer Craig Mazin says that nothing is off the table when it comes to killing off Joel in Season 2.
“This should be fairly obvious to anyone by now, but I don’t fear killing characters. But the important thing to note is that neither Neil nor I feel constrained by the source material.”
By the sound of things, the show hasn’t decided whether or not Joel will die at the start of Season 2. Mazin’s comment about not being constrained by the source material gives us the idea that the show might do things a little differently.
It was previously revealed that HBO would try and expand The Last of Us Part II into multiple seasons. The studio claimed that one season would not be enough to contain everything that takes place in the video game. So perhaps Mazin has plans to somehow keep Pascal around and tell viewers a so-called “prequel” story between Part I and Part II.
As to when The Last of Us Season 2 will air, it is going to be a while. According to Ellie star Bella Ramsey, HBO will only kick off production for Season 2 at the end of 2023. It would then take about a year to film and produce so don’t expect Season 2 until 2025.