HBO has mapped out its plans for the hit series The Last of Us, pinpointing 2025 for the release of its eagerly awaited second season. The announcement came directly from HBO’s head honcho, Casey Bloys, during a Thursday event, as reported by Deadline.
Fans of the show have been looking forward to this news, especially after the sweeping success of the first season. However, it hasn’t been a straight path to production. A significant holdup was due to the Writers Guild of America strike, which stretched from May to September, pushing back several industry timelines.
Despite these delays, the creative team has been anything but idle. Neil Druckmann, co-creator of the show, shared with Entertainment Weekly that they have the blueprint for the second season all set. The team is simply waiting for the green light post-strike to dive into production, slated to start in early 2024.
The first season of The Last of Us was not just a stroll through the post-apocalyptic world, it was a journey that captured the hearts and attention of viewers around the globe. Spanning nine episodes, the story took viewers through the events of the original 2013 PlayStation game and its subsequent expansion, The Last of Us: Left Behind, released in 2014.
Its mix of human drama and survival suspense hit a sweet spot with audiences, cementing the show as one of HBO’s top-streamed offerings. Critics and viewers alike gave the series their nod of approval, evident from its 24 Emmy Award nominations.
Looking ahead to 2025, the second season promises to build on the solid foundation laid by its predecessor. For now, fans have a bit of a wait ahead of them, but if the show’s history is any indication, it will be worth it. As production gears up next year, more details will surely emerge, giving viewers a glimpse into the continued journey of its beloved characters in a world beautifully brought to life from its video game origins.