Everything We Know So Far About ‘The Last Of Us’ Season 2!

HBO’s The Last Of Us Season 1 may be over but don’t fret, Season 2 is on the way, and here’s everything we know about it so far!

HBO’s The Last Of Us Season 1 was an absolute hit, pulling in millions every Sunday to watch the latest devastating update to Joel and Ellie’s story. The show was renewed for a second season just two weeks after its premiere on January 15. Writers Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin revealed that Season 2 will adapt The Last Of Us Part II, but it won’t take place over just one season. The story follows the consequences of Joel’s decision from the end of Season 1 within his relationship with Ellie and new characters.

Druckmann is unconcerned with the backlash to Season 2 following the controversial plot of the second game. In an interview with Collider, he said, “I don’t care. How they react is how they react, that is completely outside of our control.”

The writers will honor the style of the sequel game in some aspects, like a five-year time jump and switching perspectives between Ellie and new character Abby, but changing others, just like they did in the first season.

In the official The Last Of Us podcast, Mazin also said the second season will explore the nature of the Infected even more, like their hive mind, underground interconnectedness teased in Episode 2. In fact, there will be more Infected in general, and perhaps kinds we haven’t seen before, according to Mazin.

Druckmann and Mazin shut down rumors that Ellie would be recast since Season 2 would have Ellie at age 19 rather than 14, “We know what we’re gonna do in terms of costume and makeup and hair, but more importantly, we also know the spirit and soul of the actor.” Bella Ramsey is nervous but excited to return as the character: “I think I’ll be nervous about it, and then I’ll step onto set the first day, and it’ll be totally fine.”

Ashley Johnson, Ellie’s actor from the game, fell in love with Ramsey’s portrayal of the character, “She was exploring sides of her that will make sense for Season 2 because where the second game goes is even darker and heavier.” After watching Episode 7 following Ellie and Riley’s relationship, Johnson is excited to see Ramsey’s interactions with Dina, Ellie’s love interest in The Last Of Us Part II, and their interpretation of the romance.

Both Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal will return as Ellie and Joel. Tommy (Gabriel Luna) and Maria (Rutina Wesley) will also return.

Although there are no confirmed castings for new characters yet, fans suspect The Wilds’ Shannon Berry may play Abby, and Paolina van Kleef may play Dina (based on her brief appearance in Episode 6 as a girl staring at Ellie in Jackson). Ian Alexander, Lev’s actor from the game, would love to reprise his role as the character, but it’s unknown whether this will happen or if Lev will even make an appearance in Season 2 because Part II will span multiple seasons. Only time will tell!

Season 2 will likely start filming this year and be released in 2024 or 2025. I can’t wait!

You can catch up on Season 1 of The Last Of Us on HBO Max!

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Christopher Ikonomou is a 4th year at the University of California, Los Angeles pursuing Communication and Disability Studies. He has a particular interest in the entertainment industry and representation of marginalized people in film and TV. On campus, he is the Editor-in-Chief at OutWrite Newsmagazine, the oldest queer college publication in the United States, and an activist with the Disabled Student Union. He’s a horror superfan and has been featured by Buzzfeed, UCLA College, Bored Panda, and Teen Vogue for his vocal involvement in the fight for better representation of the disabled community on screen and in the genre, particularly those with Marfan syndrome like himself.