The Last of Us HBO series might be aiming for four seasons to tell a complete story, says showrunner Craig Mazin. The live-action adaptation of Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed video game of the same name debuted earlier this year to glowing reviews, with many praising Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie, respectively. Mazin also revealed that casting has commenced for Abby, who plays a pivotal role in the events of The Last of Us Part II.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview, Mazin talked about what would be a reasonable amount of seasons to fully adapt the games. It’s worth noting that the game series only has two entries and has yet to see a third release or a conclusion, so it will be interesting to see if the HBO show deviates from the source material or waits for the third game’s release. “It can end up being three or five. But four seems like a good number,” said Mazin when talking about how many seasons fans can expect.
Of course, plans could very easily change and the show could end up with more seasons in the end. Mazin previously stated that the second game could be adapted across multiple seasons, meaning it’s likely that season 2 and 3 will cover one game while season 1 covered the entirety of the first game’s events including the Left Behind DLC. Nothing seems to be locked down at the moment.
When pressed about the casting of Abby, Mazin also gave a response but stopped short of mentioning which actresses the studio is looking at – something made difficult right now by the ongoing writers and actors strike in Hollywood. Mazin replied:
“Look, Abby was the first role that we wanted to tackle. We’ve got a pretty good track record of making major cast announcements and people going, ‘Really?’ which will probably continue. So people may disagree, but I think we got it right so far and the audience seems to feel we got it right and the Academy seems to feel we got it right.”
HBO’s The Last of Us is currently up for 24 Emmy Award nominations. Despite its enormous success and viewership, it still fell short of beating Games of Thrones’ viewership.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter