After the resounding success of The Last of Us as a series, viewers and fans can’t wait to see what happens next. However, you will (still) have to show a lot of patience.
The highly anticipated HBO series, The Last of Us, has suffered another delay in filming its second season. This delay comes just after the writers’ strike which had already led to significant schedule changes.
Pedro Pascal, mainly responsible for the delay of The Last of Us?
Indeed, it seems that this new delay is due to the particularly busy filming schedule of Pedro Pascal, main actor in the series, busy with other projects like Gladiator 2 and Fantastic Four.
Since its first broadcast in January 2023, The Last of Us has quickly captured the attention of viewers. The broadcast of its final episode in March concluded the first season, lining up perfectly with the end of the first game released in 2013. Fans are now eager to discover season two, which should continue the adventures of Ellie and Joel, like in The Last of Us Part II.
However, how this story will be told remains unclear. During the first season, writers Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin used their creative freedom to make changes to the game’s original story. New characters were introduced, new storylines were developed, and some scenes were omitted entirely. .
What broadcast date?
It is now suggested that filming for this second season has been pushed back to February 20, 2024. Filming is not expected to finish until September 9, 2024, implying that season two would not be available until 2025, or two years later. This prolonged wait fuels fans’ anticipation as one might expect.
For the record, the series was created by Craig Mazin, known for his work on Chernobyl, and Neil Druckmann, the creator of the original video game. Druckmann also took an active role in the writing and production of the series, ensuring fidelity to the source material. The series saw the participation of several talented directors. Among them, Johan Renck, who also worked on Chernobyl, was originally slated to direct the first episode but had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts.
Although exact budget figures are not publicly available, it has been reported that The Last of Us series is one of the most expensive productions in television history. Reportedly, the cost per episode could be in the same order of magnitude as late seasons of Game of Thrones, suggesting a very high budget.