‘The Last of Us’ (Season 2): release date, who returns and who doesn’t, the new stage of Ellie and Joel and everything we know about the future of the series of the year

The fiction that adapts the video game saga of the same name has just said goodbye to its first installment with the episode ‘Busca la luz’ (1×09).

It has been the best gift that HBO could have given us to start the year, but The Last of Us just fired its first season. The last chapter, ‘Seek the light’ (1×09) is already available on the streaming platform and it barely took 45 minutes to say goodbye in style and, at the same time, leave us with many questions regarding what Ellie (Bella Ramsey) and Joel (Pedro Pascal) will be experiencing in the second installment of the hit series. An episode that has not lacked for anything and that, without a doubt, has left us counting the days for season 2.

The Last of Us It started as one of the most anticipated series of the year, but it has far exceeded all expectations. Praised in equal parts by the public and critics and by fans and non-fans alike of the videogames of which it is an adaptation, the fiction developed by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann -creator of the game- has been an injection of emotions that go far beyond being a mere survival story in a post-apocalyptic world filled with contagious creatures.

Throughout its nine episodes, season 1 of The Last of Us It hasn’t stopped surpassing itself either, with audience records that even surpassed those of La Casa del Dragón, another great phenomenon, just a few months ago.

If you’ve already seen ‘Seek the light’ (1×09), you’re probably wondering what to expect from now on, so take note of everything we know about season 2 of The Last of Us next.

Will ‘The Last of Us’ have season 2?

The answer is yes. The series starring Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal It was renewed at the end of last January after the undeniable success of the broadcast of its first two episodes.so, after the outcome of the first one, we said goodbye with the guarantee of his return.

“I am humbled, honored and frankly overwhelmed that so many people have tuned in and connected with our account of Joel and Ellie’s journey,” said Neil Druckmann. “I couldn’t be more ready to dive back into them,” added Craig Mazin.

When will season 2 of ‘The Last of Us’ premiere?

Just completed the first season, there is still no official date for the return of the apocalyptic series, but, with the second already confirmed, that previous step is saved.

As Pedro Pascal commented in an interview with Colliderthere is a “chance” that the filming of the new season will start already this year, which means that it could be ready for its premiere at the end of 2024 or in the beginning of 2025. Although at the moment everything is speculation, one detail to take into account is that the filming of the first season lasted for more than a year.

Who returns and who doesn’t in season 2 of ‘The Las of Us’?

There is no doubt about one thing: Pedro Pascal will continue as Joel and Bella Ramsey will continue as Ellie in season 2. Despite the fact that the character played by Ramsey undergoes an important physical change due to her age between the first and the second video game -in the first she is 13 years old and now she will be 19-, Ellie’s age in the second video game is the same as that of the actress and the team was always very clear that they would not change the interpreter: “It will be the series that Neil and I want to do and we are going to do it with Bella. The only reason we would consider changing Bella is because she said: ‘No I want to work with you never again.”

That said, regarding the return of the rest of the cast that we have met to date, the truth is that the answer is that anyone would be possible: from the characters who are still alive when we said goodbye to season 1 to those we said goodbye to but could bring back some kind of ‘flashback’.

In the same way, we hope to know sooner than later the name of the new cast members who will accompany the protagonists in season 2.

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Will there be a time jump in season 2 of ‘The Last of Us’?

There will be. As its creators explained at the time, the series will not go beyond what has already been said in video games and this has been demonstrated by the first season that was adapted as is the first game. And the second begins with a 19-year-old Ellie in the town of Joel’s brother, Tommy (Gabriel Luna). So we will see an older Joel and a much more adult Ellie.

What will be happening with Ellie and Joel in season 2 of ‘The Last of Us’?

After that jump in time, we will see how that paternal relationship between Joel and Ellie has evolved, and how it has grown in a community without dangers and without FEDRA and without anyone knowing that it is immune to the cordyceps fungus. Except Joel’s brother. Clear

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The second video game is epic in every way, both in action and story. Therefore, without going beyond the spoilers that can be done, the second season promises to be something that will not stop talking, just as the first installment has.

The future of ‘The Last of Us’ after season 2

And beyond season 2? Contrary to other successful series, which are renewed for several seasons in one go, the only future of The Last of Us Confirmed to date, it goes through its second installment.

However, the ‘showrunner’ Craig Mazin spoke about the possibility of doing more seasons as long as they were necessary, but ensuring that the story would not be unnecessarily lengthened. “I think the amount of story we have left to cover would be more than one season of TV. So, assuming we can move on, the idea would be to do more than one more season. But this isn’t the kind of show that’s going to be seven seasons,” he told Gizmodo before learning of the renewal for a second installment.

“Unless a miracle happens, the production work of a video game speeds up 1000% and the third game magically appears, I’m not interested in going beyond the original story,” Mazin clarified.

The first season of The Last of Us It is now available in full on HBO Max.