Craig Mazin Reveals One Episode of ‘The Last of Us’ Season 2 Written Before Writers’ Strike, Hopes to Air the Show as Planned
Speaking to Deadline, Mazin revealed that one episode for Season 2 of ‘The Last of Us’ was written prior to the writers’ strike. He said, “We know what the whole season is, and I was actually able to get a write and submit the first episode right before the deadline hit.” Mazin added, “So now I’m just walking around, kind of brain-writing, I guess, which I don’t think is scabbing. I take walks and I think through the scenes because when the bell rings and this is over because the companies have finally come to their senses, I’m going to have to basically shoot myself out of a cannon because we really want to try and get this show on the air when it’s supposed to be on the air.”
Craig Mazin Assures Fans: The Last of Us Season 2 Will Chart Its Own Path, Focusing on Purposeful Journey and Avoiding Unnecessary Shock
Craig Mazin addresses potential fan concerns for Season 2, stating that while there may be controversy, they aim to tell the story their own way without simply replicating the game. The focus is on the purposeful journey, incorporating both familiar and new elements, with no intention to create unnecessary shock or social media fear. Mazin said, “Will there be furor? Yeah, probably, there usually is, starting even with casting. I’m never gonna say there are things that are gonna happen in the show that happened in the game. You never know what we’re gonna do, But I will say that it is the adventure, the journey is the point. There are things that will shock people, things that were in the game, things that were not in the game, and that’s okay. As long as they’re purposeful, they’re not there to just simply shock. We are not interested in creating social media fear. We just want to tell the story the way we think it should be told.”
The cast of The Last of Us series includes Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie, Nico Parker as Sarah, John Hannah as Dr. Newman, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Christopher Heyerdahl as Dr. Schoenheist, Brendan Fletcher as Robert, Anna Torv as Tess, Gabriel Luna as Tommy, and Christine Hakim as Ratna Pertiwi.
The Last of Us Season 1 debuted on January 15, 2023, receiving critical acclaim and earning nominations for 24 Primetime Emmy Awards. The series premiere attracted 4.7 million viewers on its first day, making it the second-largest premiere for HBO since 2010. Within two months, it garnered nearly 40 million viewers, and by May, it averaged almost 32 million viewers per episode.