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The Last of Us Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

Cordyceps infection happens quickly. The arrival of The Last of Us‘ Season 2 unfolds a little more slowly.

So while we’re patiently awaiting the return of Joel, Ellie and those funky fungi, we thought we’ll pull together everything we know so far about the hit HBO series’ sophomore run.

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The Season 1 closer came to an end after Pedro Pascal’s Joel killed a hospital full of Firefly resistance fighters who intended to end the life of Ellie (Bella Ramsey) in order to figure out a cure for Cordyceps infection. When Ellie — who’d been anesthetized and therefore unaware of both Joel’s actions and the danger to her — came to, Joel lied and said the experiment hadn’t worked. Later, when she made him swear that he was telling the truth, he did so readily… even though he was doubling down on the lie. (Read a full recap, as well as Mazin’s thoughts on his “confused” feelings about the ending and Ashley Johnson’s memories of shooting that flashback to Ellie’s birth.)

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As production on Season 2 gets underway this month, consider the information below to be your handy guide to all things The Last of Us. We’ll go into the intricacies of the game versus its TV adaptation. We’ll post photos/trailers/all the assets you could possibly want. And we’ll update the list as new information becomes available, to make sure that you have the latest and best intel possible.

WHAT IS THE PLOT OF THE LAST OF US SEASON 2?

WHAT IS THE PLOT OF THE LAST OF US SEASON 2?
WHAT IS THE PLOT OF THE LAST OF US SEASON 2?

While HBO has not yet released an official synopsis for Season 2, you can expect the episodes to at least partially follow the plot of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II video game. That sequel picks up after the events of the first game, which was chronicled in the HBO series’ first season, though its action unfolds in a sometimes non-linear fashion via time jumps and flashbacks.

“It’s great,” HBO boss Casey Bloys told our sister site Deadline about the upcoming season. “It is bigger, gets into questions of retribution and revenge, it follows the video game but has big themes, big action.”

HOW MUCH WILL THE LAST OF US SEASON 2 FOLLOW THE VIDEO GAME?

HOW MUCH WILL THE LAST OF US SEASON 2 FOLLOW THE VIDEO GAME?
HOW MUCH WILL THE LAST OF US SEASON 2 FOLLOW THE VIDEO GAME?

The show’s creators say that the events of The Last of Us Part II (the game) will go beyond Season 2 of the HBO series.

“It’s more than one season,” executive producer Craig Mazin told GQ UK. While he and executive producer Neil Druckmann declined to say exactly how many seasons it would take to tell the Part II story, Mazin adds: “More than one is factually correct.”

WHO WILL PLAY ABBY IN THE LAST OF US SEASON 2?

WHO WILL PLAY ABBY IN THE LAST OF US SEASON 2?
WHO WILL PLAY ABBY IN THE LAST OF US SEASON 2?

Abby, a major character in The Last of Us Part II, will be played by Kaitlyn Dever (Dopesick) in the HBO series. Laura Bailey voiced the role in the video game. When Abby first appears in the game, we don’t know much about her except that she’s a fierce member of a militia.

Per HBO’s official description of the character, Abby is “a skilled soldier whose black-and-white view of the world is challenged as she seeks vengeance for those she loved.”

In a statement, show bosses Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann said: “Our casting process for Season 2 has been identical to Season 1: We look for world-class actors who embody the souls of the characters in the source material. Nothing matters more than talent, and we’re thrilled to have an acclaimed performer like Kaitlyn join Pedro [Pascal], Bella [Ramsey] and the rest of our family.”

WHO ELSE WILL JOIN THE CAST OF THE LAST OF US SEASON 2?

WHO ELSE WILL JOIN THE CAST OF THE LAST OF US SEASON 2?
WHO ELSE WILL JOIN THE CAST OF THE LAST OF US SEASON 2?

Aside from Kaitlyn Dever as Abby, HBO has also added BEEF breakout Young Mazino to the sophomore season as Jesse, described as “a pillar of his community who puts everyone else’s needs before his own, sometimes at terrible cost.” The series also has cast Isabela Merced (100 Things to Do Before High School) as Dina, “a free-wheeling spirit whose devotion to Ellie will be tested by the brutality of the world they inhabit.” Schitt’s Creek‘s Catherine O’Hara, meanwhile, is also circling an unspecified role in Season 2.

In early March, HBO made several new additions to the cast. Danny Ramirez (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) will play Manny, a loyal soldier — per the official character description — “whose sunny outlook belies the pain of old wounds and a fear that he will fail his friends when they need him most.” Ariela Barer (Runaways) will play Mel, “a young doctor whose commitment to saving lives is challenged by the realities of war and tribalism.” Tati Gabrielle (Chilling Adventures of SabrinaThe 100) will play Nora, “a military medic struggling to come to terms with the sins of her past.”

But who’ll play Owen, someone who is very important to Dever’s Abby?  That would be Spencer Lord (Heartland, Family Law), who’ll play the “gentle soul trapped in a warrior’s body, condemned to fight an enemy he refuses to hate.”

The Season 1 cast included Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Melanie Lynskey, Storm Reid, Merle Dandridge, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker.

WHEN WILL THE LAST OF US SEASON 2 BE RELEASED?

WHEN WILL THE LAST OF US SEASON 2 BE RELEASED?
WHEN WILL THE LAST OF US SEASON 2 BE RELEASED?

In November 2023, HBO boss Casey Bloys confirmed that The Last of Us Season 2 wouldn’t hit screens until 2025.

WHERE CAN I WATCH THE LAST OF US SEASON 1?

WHERE CAN I WATCH THE LAST OF US SEASON 1?
WHERE CAN I WATCH THE LAST OF US SEASON 1?

The Last of Us‘ first season currently is streaming on Max. It also is available via Hulu (with a Max subscription), Apple TV, Vudu and Prime Video.

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