Joel and Ellie’s journey is simply starting. HBO’s The Final of Us is returning for a second season of post-apocalyptic adventures.
Primarily based on the 2013 online game of the identical title, the sequence follows Pedro Pascal as Joel, a grizzled survivor tasked with transporting Bella Ramsey’s Ellie throughout the nation, 20 years after a zombie-like fungus, cordyceps, worn out a lot of civilization. On their journey to ship Ellie — who’s resistant to the illness — to these planning to make use of her to create a remedy, the 2 type a surrogate father-daughter bond whereas dealing with quite a few threats, human and non-human.
Upon the present’s premiere in January 2023, the sequence — cocreated by Craig Mazin and the sport’s author and inventive director, Neil Druckmann — was renewed for season 2 after solely two of the season’s 9 episodes had aired.
“I’m humbled, honored, and albeit overwhelmed that so many individuals have tuned in and related with our retelling of Joel and Ellie’s journey,” Druckman — who can be co-president of the online game firm Naughty Canine — mentioned in a press release to Selection on the time. “The collaboration with Craig Mazin, our unbelievable solid & crew, and HBO exceeded my already excessive expectations. Now we now have absolutely the pleasure of having the ability to take action once more with season two! On behalf of everybody at Naughty Canine & PlayStation, thanks!”
A sequel to The Final of Us online game was launched in 2020, which picks up with the story’s important duo a number of years after the unique’s occasions. To not point out, it encompasses a main twist that’s nonetheless divisive amongst followers. Whereas talks of a 3rd sport have been rumored, Druckmann revealed that he and Mazin are sticking to the fabric they’ve, for now.
“We received’t run into the identical problem as Recreation of Thrones since Half II doesn’t finish on a cliffhanger,” he shared in a January 2023 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, referring to how their fellow hit HBO sequence surpassed the plot of its supply materials guide sequence by writer George R.R. Martin.
Mazin — who created the HBO miniseries Chernobyl — added to his accomplice’s assertion, telling THR, “I don’t have any curiosity in spinning-plates-go-on-forever. When it turns into a perpetual movement machine, it simply can’t assist however get sort of … silly. Endings imply all the things to me.”
The Final of Us Half II packs in much more story than its predecessor. Fortunately for followers dying for extra of the present, Mazin teased that the sequence’ group might have multiple extra season to correctly painting Half II’s occasions.
“The story that continues to be, that continues forth within the work that Naughty Canine’s achieved on the second sport, it quite a bit,” Mazin mentioned in a January 2023 interview with Collider. “Most likely the quantity of remaining story would take us greater than a season to inform. However undoubtedly, I don’t see this as one thing that runs on and on and on. We don’t have that ambition. Our ambition is to inform the story that exists, as greatest as we will, in a distinct medium.”
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