HBO has revealed that the second season of The Last of Us will enter production sometime in early 2024. The first season, based on Naughty Dog’s popular game of the same name, debuted earlier this year to critical acclaim, going on to be nominated for several Emmys and various awards. It didn’t take long for HBO to greenlight season 2 and now we have an idea of when production will finally kick off.
A big HBO media event was held yesterday that revealed the company’s future plans for its numerous television shows. HBO confirmed that House of the Dragon season 2 will premiere in summer 2024 while another unknown Game of Thrones spin-off, which might be about Aegon I Targaryen’s rise to power, is expected to enter production next year. However, an update was also given on the anticipated second season of The Last of Us.
According to Variety, HBO boss Casey Bloys confirmed that The Last of Us season 2 will enter production in early 2024 but fans shouldn’t expect it to arrive until 2025. Bloys also noted that the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes in Hollywood led to the production of the second season being delayed. While the Writers Guild of America isn’t on strike anymore after reaching a resoluton, the actors union has yet to come to an agreement with studio executives regarding fair wages and protection against the abuse of AI in the industry.
Since it’s hard to tell when the SAG-AFTRA strike will conclude, it’s possible that production for the second season could be delayed even further.
Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey will return for season as Joel and Ellie, respectively. Showrunner Craig Mazin revealed that Abby, a controversial character from The Last of Us Part II video game, has already been cast but they’re keeping it a secret for now.