Season 2 of HBO’s The Last of Us does not cover the entire series The last of us part 2 video game, its creators have revealed.
Talking GQthe creators Neil Druckmann (who directed the video game) and Craig Mazin discussed their plans for the show’s second season following Sunday’s final episode of the wildly successful HBO adaptation.
When asked if Season 2 would cover the entire second game, Mazin said, “No. It won’t.” Druckmann added, “It’s more than one season,” which seems to confirm their intentions for a third season of the show.
When asked how many seasons the content of the second game is supposed to tell, the pair did not confirm. “You’re right that we won’t say how many. But more than one is factually correct,” Mazin said.
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Earlier in the interview, the pair offered hints about how they plan to adapt The Last of Us Part 2’s more complex story structure, which relies on multiple perspectives and point-of-view switches.
Mazin said that as with the first season, some elements would be identical to the game, and others they would make changes to.
“I think we know what we’re doing here,” he said. “I’m not saying that in a snarky way, I’m saying it in a hopeful way. There’s going to be things that are different and there’s going to be things that are identical.
“There are things that will be added and enriched. Some things are translated. Our goal is exactly the same as in the first season, which is to deliver a show that delights the fans.
“We have an incredible returning cast. It’s a daunting task. But Jesus, so was the first season. You can’t make everybody happy. But we’ve made a lot of people happy, and that’s what we intend to do again.
Druckmann added in Season 2: “I think the process is easier. There’s more trust, there’s more shorthand, I know working with my friend that even if we have very strong disagreements, it’s always light. I’ve been in a lot of situations where if you disagree with someone, it feels like life or death. The process here is really a joy.”
The pair also addressed the mixed reaction to some of the story elements of The Last of Us Part 2 video game, telling GQ they were happy to receive strong reactions to their material.
Druckmann said, “I think to go back to earlier [Todd Phillips] A quote from Craig who is like… I don’t care. How they react, react, that is completely within our control. So how do we make the best TV series version of the story? This is a problem we struggle with every day.”
Mazin added: “Insofar as the stories make people angry or confused or disappointed or angry. Well, I think it’s better than the worst possible outcome, which is indifference.
“A lot has been written about this season’s third episode, and we’re very proud of that episode that moved a lot of people. It’s one of the lower-rated shows on IMDb for one reason — a lot of people came in and gave it a 1/10. Not a 5/10. One.
“The median score for that episode is 10. And the mean is 8 or something. And that’s because there are incredibly strong opinions one way or the other. But I’d much rather have a show that lives off 10 and 1 than a show that lives off five.”