HBO has announced season two of The Last of Us will enter production in early 2024, after the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes delayed work on the project. As Variety notes, the second season doesn't appear on HBO's slate presentation for next year, so Joel and Ellie aren't expected to actually return to TV screens until at least 2025.
Set to tell at least some of the story featured in PS4 exclusive The Last of Us: Part II, the second season will introduce the likes of Abby, Yara, and Lev. Season two was mapped out and the script of the first episode written prior to the industry strikes, leaving creators Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin to wait until the actors became available once more.
Earlier this year, Druckmann explained it'll take more than one TV season to tell the whole story featured in the sequel, and some of season two's most exciting elements are the changes being made. "Some of the stuff I'm most excited for [in Part 2] are the changes we've discussed and seeing the story come to life again in this other version. And I think it's exciting because it leans into those feelings you had from the game, really heavily, in a new way."
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