The second season of the highly acclaimed HBO series The Last of Us starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey has already been greenlit several weeks ago, but with no concrete info regarding the production itself. Now, we have an update for that.
The Last of Us Season 2 to start filming this Fall
We’ve learned that the current plan is for the second season of HBO’s mega-hit The Last of Us to start filming in Fall 2023. The precise dates aren’t known yet.
We do have to stress that often production plans change and such dates aren’t set in stone. That said it’s a good indicator of HBO’s current intentions for now, until we start hearing about more precise dates.
Some of the filming will reportedly take place in Canada’s British Columbia and Vancouver. It’s not crystal clear how the plot will progress in the adaptation, but locations can often provide clues.
In any case, just recently co-creator Craig Mazin said that they have “quite a bit of story to tell. Our plan is to do it not just for one more season. We should be around for a while.”
This could indicate them potentially expanding and providing more context for The Last of Us: Part II and perhaps even Neil Druckmann implementing some of his early ideas that he may have for Part III in future seasons.
When could The Last of Us Season 2 be released?
HBO hasn’t provided any official word for a potential release date of the second season, but a Fall 2023 filming start can provide some clues along with Bella Ramsey’s own comments.
Speaking at The Jonathan Ross Show, Ramsey said: “I think we’ll probably shoot at the end of this year, beginning of next. So it’ll probably be the end of 2024, early 2025.”
The first season was shot over a period of roughly 11 months, which included some reshoots and was slower than normal because of the pandemic.
The second season, by logic, should be a quicker and more efficient production since the cast and crew are more experienced and in 2023 there should be fewer pandemic-related issues that slowed down the first season.
If the production can be wrapped in, for instance 9 months, around Summer 2024, an early 2025 premiere for the second season would be quite possible.
But this is all speculation based on just an early production schedule. We’ll know more in good time.
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