The Last Of Us Season 2 Update: Casting, Filming & Release Date

HBO executive Francesca Orsi provides an update on The Last of Us season 2 casting, filming, and release date, but it’s a letdown.

HBO executive Francesca Orsi has a disappointing The Last of Us season 2 update following the recent casting pause. The post-apocalyptic series is based on the same-named Naughty Dog game and follows smuggler Joel and teenager Ellie as they travel across the country in search of a way to use her immunity to the Cordyceps fungi that destroyed the world to restore it. The HBO series, which stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, has received the same critical acclaim as its source material.

During a recent interview with Deadline, Francesca Orsi was asked about the status of a number of HBO projects, including The Last of Us season 2, amid the WGA writer’s strike. The network executive provided a disappointing update for the acclaimed video game adaptation, confirming that casting and filming have been postponed and that the release date has been pushed back to 2025. See what Orsi had to say about it below:

We were looking at The Last Of Us for some time in 2025. And The White Lotus was ideally looking to go in 2024 but there’s some question about timing of the strike.

Why The Last Of Us Season 2’s Delay

Though fans will be disappointed by the indefinite delay for the next season, The Last of Us season 2’s extended hiatus may work in the show’s favor. The series had a near-decade-long development cycle, beginning as a film and eventually transitioning to television, with the game’s creator Neil Druckmann teamed up with Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin to write and develop the adaptation.

Despite critics’ concerns that the game was already cinematic enough that an adaptation was unnecessary, The Last of Us proved to be the biggest silencer for video game curse critics, receiving near-universal acclaim from critics and viewers alike. Druckmann and Mazin frequently assured that a second season of The Last of Us would not be rushed because they wanted to replicate the success of the first, but HBO had been eyeing a 2024 release date, indicating a quick turnaround time in the writer’s room.

While it may not be delayed as long as its next source material, The Last of Us Part II, the next chapter of HBO’s The Last of Us is still likely to benefit from the extra time the way the 2020 game did, with Druckmann and Mazin taking additional steps to hone in on what made season 1 an instant classic. Furthermore, with the delay caused by a writer’s strike and calls from actors for more equitable pay, its resumption should coincide with news of an amenable deal ending the strike.

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