HBO is getting ready to premiere The Last of Us TV series later this month and ahead of the show’s debut, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann and showrunner Craig Mazin have been making the rounds in interviews for marketing. Some interesting information has come out of these interviews regarding their positions on series “filler” and avoiding it, but Mazin has now hinted that the second season might end up covering the events of The Last of Us Part II.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter recently, Druckmann and Mazin teased their plans for The Last of Us season 2 and what comes next. By the sounds of things, season 1 is expected to cover the entirety of the first game’s events, so it only seems natural that the second season will cover the second game. According to Druckmann and Mazin, they have no plans to tell stories that aren’t lifted from the games, suggesting that the second season might tackle Part II.
When pressed about introducing new stories or changing things from the games, Druckmann replied:
“We have no plans to tell any stories beyond adapting the games. We won’t run into the same issue as Game of Thrones since Part II doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.”
Mazin weighed in, adding that they have no intention to continue the story of the TV series beyond the games. As a side note, it seems like Game of Thrones has become the punching bag and cautionary tale for showrunners today, which is a good example of what not to do. Mazin added:
“I don’t have any interest in a spinning-plates-go-on-forever show. When it becomes a perpetual motion machine, it just can’t help but get kind of … stupid. Endings mean everything to me.”
The Last of Us TV series airs on 15 January 2023.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter