The Last of Us HBO Max showrunners confirm TLOU2 content will span multiple seasons

Series co-creators Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin confirmed that they will not be stuffing all of The Last of Us Part 2 into a single second season of the show.

With the first season of The Last of Us on HBO Max in the books, eyes are on what happens with the already confirmed Season 2, but don’t expect them to wrap the events of The Last of Us Part 2 entirely up into one season. In a recent interview, showrunners Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann confirmed that it’s going to take multiple seasons to hit the entirety of the second game’s plot.

This comes from a recent GQ interview with Druckmann and Mazin about the series finale (BEWARE SPOILERS FOR THE LAST OF US SEASON 1). While the interview discusses a lot of behind-the-scenes commentary and aspects of the show, Mazin and Druckmann are also hit with a few questions about Season 2, notably if it will be able to encapsulate all of The Last of Us Part 2 the way that the first season did with The Last of Us Part 1.

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The Last of Us had a stellar first season on HBO Max that covered the entire first game, but Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann claim they won't be able to cram all of The Last of Us Part 2 into a second season.
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Simply put, Mazin and Druckmann said no, they won’t cram all of TLOU2 into one season of TV.

“No,” Mazin stressed. “No way… We will not say how many, but more than one is factually correct.”

So it seems that the crew behind The Last of Us on HBO are hoping for at least three seasons to do all that they want to do with the show. A Season 2 has already been confirmed, and the first season pulled in a huge amount of viewers already, but Druckmann also stressed that the show will likely not go beyond the events of the games for now.

Either way, it sounds like we’re in for some cliffhangers in Season 2 of The Last of Us on HBO Max. As we await a launch date for the next season, stay tuned for that and other details as they drop, right here at Shacknews.

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      March 13, 2023 10:07 AM

      This season should have been two seasons.

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        March 13, 2023 10:40 AM

        My opinion is that they didn't want to divert too much from the game in the first season to bring along fans of the game and new viewers alike. I think they might add more new scriptwriting in the next seasons.

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        March 13, 2023 10:51 AM

        uh nope.

        What did you want?

        More action scenes of Joel slaughtering through clickers and raiders?

        I’m so glad they trimmed the fat, bloating the season more would have just hurt it.

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          March 13, 2023 11:38 AM

          More expansion of the universe like episode 3.

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            March 13, 2023 1:43 PM

            I loved the cold opens in the first 3 episodes.

            There was also some stuff outside of the game canon in episode 9 - Joel suicide attempt, Ellie kills Riley, Ellie’s mom.

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            March 13, 2023 1:44 PM

            Season 2 will have a lot of that. Especially if they are blowing it out into multiple seasons.

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          March 13, 2023 1:41 PM

          They did manage to put in 2 boost sequences. No pallet pushing, though.

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        March 13, 2023 10:52 AM

        Disagree. When you take away the combat gameplay from the game, you're left with a very concise and straightforward story.

        Not much else happens besides what you see in the show!

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          March 13, 2023 11:15 AM

          I think one argument against a concise story is more time with the characters could help build a better connection between the audience and Joel/Ellie’s relationship. Could make things have more impact later.

          But movies do it in 2-3 hours so maybe not

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        March 13, 2023 4:33 PM

        It seemed perfect to me.

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      March 13, 2023 10:44 AM

      Good. That will benefit TLOU2’s story immensely. Neil Druckmann and the showrunners can alter the structure as needed, and it is sorely needed.

      Druckmann has had enough time, nearly three years, to evaluate critiques of the second game. This is pretty cool. Outside of remakes that reimagine the source material—and TLOU1’s remake did not, because it would have been unnecessary—few games get a shot at a do over.

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      March 13, 2023 10:53 AM

      Abby season and Ellie season

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        March 13, 2023 11:04 AM

        Unlikely. People are going to want to see Ellie. While Abby can be the focus of the next season, Ellie will still need to be in it.

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          March 13, 2023 11:16 AM

          Sure, there’s nothing saying they couldn’t have some overlap between the two

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        March 13, 2023 11:52 AM

        My guess?

        Pre and post J. This is so people don't just stop watching after the first few episodes lol.

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          March 13, 2023 1:32 PM

          You just might be right.

          Linear storytelling and end season 2 with the golf club scene.

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        March 13, 2023 12:00 PM

        I think that would be a bad idea. Skipping an entire season of a protagonist of a show just really isn't done. Flashbacks and intertwining stories would work better.

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          March 13, 2023 1:11 PM

          Given that Abby and Ellie are both doing stuff throughout Part 2 that we know takes place roughly at the same time, I think they can manage to make it work.

          I'd probably break between seasons at the movie theater confrontation, but I'm struggling now to remember how much story takes place after that.

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      March 13, 2023 1:48 PM

      if it is multiple seasons i think the best place to stop s2 would be right when ellie leaves for the final time to go after abby again. when she's at the house with her wife

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        March 13, 2023 1:52 PM

        Isn't that at like 90 percent done the game? Abby is captured already and Ellie goes to California and there's the final battle shit and then comes back

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          March 13, 2023 2:33 PM

          Yeah, that's way too late in the game. Only thing left is Santa Barbara.

          I think with some restructuring of flashbacks and streamlining some story beats, the best place to end S2 would be Seattle Day 1 of Abby's perspective.

          The next-to-last episode would be Seattle Day 3 of Ellie's perspective, where Abby and Lev ambush Ellie's group in the theater, and kill Jesse. The audience would be mad as hell at Abby and confused as hell about who is this Seraphite with Abby?. Then in the final week of the season, it turns everything on its head by starting out with Abby and the Wolves in the stadium, Abby heads out on patrol, maybe ends with Yara and Lev rescuing her from hanging. That would be a pretty great place to end the season and leave people stuff to ponder until S3.

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            March 13, 2023 2:35 PM

            Or cut it even closer - S2 ends with Abby still strung up by the Seraphites, and you hear the infected coming and are left with Lev and Yara deciding what to do about this strung-up Wolf while Yara has a shattered arm. That's even better.

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              March 13, 2023 2:52 PM

              I guess just none of the disxussrd season 2 endpoints thrill me since the game was designed to play through in its entirety. The story wasn't built for "tune in next year for the next part!"

              S1 just worked and flowed as a single story. Stopping S2 on some cliffhanger point just feels cheap. Ah well. I hope for the best

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                March 13, 2023 2:55 PM

                They've said in their post-season interviews that there's no way they can tell the story of part 2 in a single season, so they have to break it somewhere...

                People are also speculating how Season 2 will encompass such a large game. Will the next season span the entire course of the second game?]b

                Mazin: [shakes head] No. No way.

                Druckmann: It’s more than one season.

                Can you tell us if it’s two or three seasons?

                Mazin: You have noted correctly that we will not say how many. But more than one is factually correct. [Laughs].

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      March 13, 2023 5:30 PM

      Makes sense because game 1 was like 12 hours and game 2 was like 30 hours

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