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Fans Are Awaiting ‘The Last of Us’ Season 2! Everything the Cast Has Said About the HBO Hit’s Return

Series star Pedro Pascal and newcomer Isabela Merced have addressed season 2, its release, plot and more


The debut season of HBO’s The Last of Us left viewers on the edge of their seats episode after episode. Starring Pedro Pascal opposite Bella Ramsey, these skilled actors brought to life the characters of Joel and Ellie, respectively, and are now teasing fans with information about the anticipated second season. 

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In a post-apocalyptic version of the world we know, plagued by a deadly fungus that gradually infects the population, the gruff and hardened Joel must risk his life in order to protect Ellie, a young girl who proves to be immune to the infection and could just be their only hope at a cure. 

The debut season brought angst, heartbreak, and a new appreciation for Linda Ronstadt’s “Long Long Time” that fans  never had before. As viewers anxiously await season 2, here’s everything the cast has said about the HBO hit’s return.

When is ‘The Last of Us season 2 coming out?

While there’s no premiere date currently set in stone for season 2 of the hit series, it was recently confirmed that fans will see the show’s return in 2025. In a post shared to his Instagram, Pascal gave a glimpse at season 2 Joel with a caption that read, “I swear. #ThaLastofUs Season 2 @hbo 2025.”

Ramsey also shared to their Instagram a teaser photo, captioned, “I’ll follow you anywhere you go. @thelastofus #thelastofus.”

Bella Ramsey, 2024
Bella Ramsey, 2024Courtesy of HBO

What have the showrunners said about ‘The Last of Us’ season 2?

Looking ahead, die-hard fans of the video game in which the series was based off of are curious as to how closely the show will stick to the plot of the game. However, creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann assure fans that when it comes to the tiny details, none of their concerns go ignored.

I think there is still this anxiety, like, this constant drumbeat of anxiety. All I can say to people is: I have so much anxiety myself, about doing a good job on this,” Mazin told Variety in March 2023. 

“Just know, I am also very anxious. If you’re anxious about something, I’m probably anxious about it, which means we’re talking about it and thinking about it. We will present things, but it will be different, just as this season was different,” Mazin continued. “Sometimes it will be different radically, and sometimes it will be barely different at all, but it’s going to be different. It will be its own thing. It won’t be exactly like the game. It will be the show that Neil and I want to make.”

Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us, 2023
Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us, 2023Liane Hentscher/HBO

Something else the duo touched on regarding season 2 was the presence of the infected creatures, which they assured fans will be more prominent as opposed to the first season, which focused heavily on creating and building the relationships on the screen. 

Mazin also touched on what’s ahead in season 2 to Esquire, saying, “This should be fairly obvious to anyone by now, but I don’t fear killing characters.” He continued, “But the important thing to note is that neither Neil nor I feel constrained by the source material,” referring to the plot of the game. 

What has the cast said about ‘The Last of Us’ season 2?

As for the faces bringing this series to life, the actors and actresses set for season 2 have shared their excitement, including newcomer Isabela Merced, who will play the role of Dina. 

I’m so excited for people to see my chemistry with Bella,” she told Collider. “Bella and I have so much chemistry. From the first day, it was there. There’s no work to be done. I really respect Bella. I just saw Catherine Called Birdy and Bella has such range and just an honesty about their work. I’m learning so much. I’m very honored to be here.”

Before filming for season 2 kicked off, Pascal also touched on what he’s excited for in terms of what was to come. 

Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us, season 1, 2023
Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us, 2023Liane Hentscher/HBO

I’m really excited that there’s a likelihood that the dynamic between the two of them has really changed and that the texture of that is something that goes even further in the playing,” he told Deadline in June 2023. 

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