HBO boss Casey Bloys has assured audiences that the second season of their hit video game adaption The Last of Us will enter production in early 2024.
The show became an instant success and was green-lit for a second season before the season one finale had even aired.
However, the current state of Hollywood with the SAG-AFTRA strike has put anything that still needs to go before the cameras on hold. As we’ve just reported with Welcome to Derry, it seems likely that The Last of Us: Season 2 will not debut until 2025.
However, the confidence Bloys exudes in his season two announcement could mean that a resolution to the SAG-AFTRA strike is closer than we realise. Would a CEO drop such a promising morsel if negotiations were still hopelessly deadlocked? Is this a subtle way of telling us that Hollywood would soon be back on its feet?
Showrunner Craig Mazin has also assured viewers that with the end of the Writers Guild Strike, he and his team have been hard at work on the scripts for the second season. According to Mazin the script for the premiere episode was completed with just minutes to spare before the Writers Strike began, and the team are more than happy to be back at work.
The Last of Us picked up 25 Emmy nominations for its first season, meaning it’s more than understandable why viewers and crew alike are so eager to get going on the second season. The appetite is certainly there, and we hope that Bloys statement is a sign that things are looking up for Hollywood and the SAG-AFTRA union… because we really want season two!
We’ll report any further details on a possible strike resolution the minute we have them, but this sounds very promising.