Fans of The Last of Us have been overjoyed in recent months at the hints that the show may extend beyond its second season. However, HBO’s head of drama Francesca Orsi tempers expectations about the show’s longevity.
Ever since the first season of The Last of Us exploded in popularity following its debut on HBO, the show’s creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann have teased a bright future for the fungus apocalypse. Specifically, Mazin has stated that the series will “be around for a while” and that they don’t want to end at season 2, despite the show only being ordered for one more season.
While fans of The Last of Us would likely be happy if they got a new season of the show every year for the rest of their life, the reality of showbusiness often gets in the way of those hopes. During a recent interview, HBO’s head of drama Francesca Orsi says that Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann are still “figuring out” where the show will end and that season 3 isn’t assured to happen:
“I think Craig and Neil are still figuring out where they’re going to come to an end,” Orsi tells Deadline, “We have loosely heard that there will be a Season 3 idea for the series, but at this point, we’re taking it one season at a time. There’s no guarantee at this point that we’ll have a Season 3 but I know that they both have a vision for Season 3. Whether that lends itself to doing more [seasons], I don’t know yet.”
Given the current, rocky financial status of HBO’s parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, it’s no surprise Francesca Orsi would bake in some assurances in case of another round of cost-cutting cancellations. It’s also possible Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann simply run out of material given there’s currently only two games in The Last of Us franchise. However, given the massive success of the show’s first season, the chances of a third season are quite high.
What you need to know about The Last of Us
Developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, The Last of Us centers on the relationship between a smuggler named Joel Miler and 14-year-old Ellie Williams, the latter of whom may be the key to curing the deadly pandemic that resulted in the post-apocalypse world of the game. Hired to smuggle Ellie out of a quarantine zone, Joel finds himself relying on the teenage girl just as much as she relies on him as they fight to survive on their journey across the United States.
The Last of Us has been officially renewed for a second season by HBO, with production expected to kick off later this year. Its season one cast also includes Pedro Pascal, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Storm Reid, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Melanie Lynskey, Rutina Wesley, Brad Leland, Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson.
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