The Last of Us TV show has officially been renewed for Season 2 at HBO.

This was confirmed on January 27th, 2022, by its showrunners Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin and HBO, following the massive success of the first two episodes of the TV show.

It comes as no surprise as The Last of Us has had quite a surprising critical reception, especially considering it is a video game adaptation.

The Last of Us was the second-largest debut on HBO’s streaming service behind House of the Dragon. It also hit over 10 million views in the US alone in its first two days on the platform.

Additionally, it currently sits at 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and has a score of 9/10 on IMDb.

Keep reading to learn everything there is to know about The Last of Us Season 2, including what the plot will be, who will star in it, and whether there will be a Season 3.

When Is The Last of Us Season 2 Releasing?

The Last of Us Season 2 has no confirmed release date. However, Pedro Pascal has teased that filming might start in 2023.

While HBO’s typical production schedule for prestige TV is longer than a year, the success of the show, coupled with the possibility of filming this year, could see it releasing in late 2024.

In an interview with Collider, Pedro Pascal let slip that “there is a chance” that Season 2 will begin filming later this year.

It is worth noting that the first season was cast in 2020 and filmed between 2021 and 2022. It is possible that Season 2 could take just as long.

We will update this article when the release date of The Last of Us Season 2 is officially announced.

The Last of Us TV Series
Credit – HBO

What Will The Last of Us Season 2 Be About?

Although few details have been confirmed thus far, The Last of Us Season 2 will likely cover the events of the second game (The Last of Us Part II), as Season 1 wraps up the story of Part 1.

In that case, Season 2 will follow the journey of Ellie and a new character, Dina, as they set out on a quest for revenge.

Despite Pedro Pascal’s incredible performance as Joel, we expect to see him in a limited capacity next season.

After all, should the TV show strictly follow the events of the games as they have so far, Joel’s role is far more limited in Part 2’s story.

The Last of Us Part 2 still features Joel in a big way, but it’s more of Ellie’s story.

Is Bella Ramsey Being Recast?

No, Bella Ramsey isn’t being recast in Season 2, and they will be reprising their role as Ellie. This is despite a five-year time jump that will happen between Seasons.

This has been confirmed by the creators Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

In the interview, Druckmann stated, “The only way we would ever, ever consider re-casting Bella is if she said, ‘I don’t want to work with you guys anymore.'”

It’s also worth noting that Bella Ramsey is currently 19 in real life. This is the age that Ellie is in The Last of Us Part 2.

Bella Ramsey as Ellie in The Last of Us Season 1
Credit – HBO

Is Pedro Pascal in The Last of Us Season 2?

Yes, Pedro Pascal will reprise his role as Joel Miller in The Last of Us Season 2. However, he likely won’t feature in the Season as much due to certain story moments.

It’s likely that while he will appear towards the beginning of the Season, he will be predominantly in flashbacks.

This has perhaps been teased by Bella Ramsey themselves on The Last of Pods podcast. They stated that they would only be with Pascal “for a little bit” during the production of Season 2.

Who Is Playing Dina in The Last of Us Season 2?

There has been no confirmation about who will play Dina in The Last of Us Season 2. However, some viewers already believe they’ve spotted Dina in The Last of Us TV Season 1.

The actress playing the girl many believe to be Dina is credited in Season 1, episode 6 as Paolina van Kleef.

It’s worth noting that Shannon Woodward, who plays Dina in The Last of Us Part 2, tweeted, “Oh damn was that Dina” when episode 6 was released.

Additionally, while neither Neil Druckmann nor Craig Mazin has confirmed if it was Dina in episode 6, they have implied it likely is.

Who Is Playing Abby in The Last of Us Season 2?

No one has been confirmed for the role of Abby in The Last of Us Season 2. It is possible that the role hasn’t been cast yet, or that the creators are keeping it a secret for now.

Fans have speculated plenty of actors who could take on the role, including Florence Pugh and Shannon Berry, but this is purely wishful thinking.

However, the actor who plays Abby in The Last of Us Part 2 did make a surprise cameo in the Season 1 finale you probably missed!

Is There a Trailer for The Last of Us Season 2?

No, currently, no trailer has been released for The Last of Us Season 2.

HBO uploaded the trailer for The Last of Us Season 1 around a month before the show’s premiere. Because of that, we imagine we’ll be waiting for quite some time before Season 2’s trailer arrives.

The Last of Us Episode 7
Credit – HBO

Will There Be a The Last of Us Season 3?

The Last of Us Season 3 is not confirmed. However, it is very likely that a third Season will be made based on the comments of showrunners Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin.

Mazin said in an interview with Collider that adapting the second game would take more than one season.

In that same interview, Druckmann said that their approach to future seasons would be to have as many episodes as necessary but not go overboard.

However, for those hoping it will last as long as Game of Thrones, you may want to temper your expectations. When talking to Consequence, Mazin stated that The Last of Us would not last six or seven seasons.

Pedro Pascal as Joel talking to Ellie played by Bella Ramsey in The Last of Us Season 1 episode 9
Credit – HBO

It’s worth noting that these statements were made before the confirmation of The Last of Us Season 2. However, they are likely still true.

Additionally, the second Last of Us game is about 10 hours longer than the first. It lasts around 24 hours compared to the first game’s 15-hour completion time.

It makes sense that they would make the second Last of Us game into multiple seasons. This is especially true if they continue to add new elements as they did with the first season.

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