‘The Last of Us’ Showrunners Cryptically Confirm Season 3
While we already knew that HBO’s The Last of Us would be returning for season two, series creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann recently shared an exciting update regarding the show’s future. The duo revealed that it would take them more than one season to fully unpack all the affairs of the second game in The Last of Us franchise, thus cryptically confirming the existence of season three.
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The ninth and final episode of Season 1 of HBO’s hit video game adaptation aired over the weekend beautifully and authentically drawing the debut season to a close and narrating the events of the first game. But Ellie and Joel’s journey in the post-apocalyptic world is far from over.
During a recent interview with the GQ U.K., the showrunners, Mazin and Druckmann were asked if season two would be able to pack in all of the events the second title to which Mazin simply responded, “No. No way.” Druckmann elaborated a bit on this by adding, “It’s more than one season.” When probed further, the duo continued to be tight-lipped and didn’t give up more details. “You have noted correctly that we will not say how many. But more than one is factually correct,” Mazin expressed with a laugh. While the comments all but confirm The Last of Us season three, it’s still very early to speculate anything and it will surely be a while till we get to hear or learn anything about it.
Druckmann further went on to share a few things surrounding the upcoming season and what he and the team desire to do. “Some of the stuff I’m most excited for (in Part II) are the changes we’ve discussed and seeing the story come to life again in this other version,” Druckmann commented. “And I think it’s exciting because it leans into those feelings you had from the game, really heavily, in a new way.”
Even though season two is miles away at this point, Druckmann’s and Mazin’s comments do have us excited for the series’ future. However, there apparently are no plans of continuing The Last of Us beyond the events of the game. Craig Mazin says that he’s “not interested” in keeping the show going with new material and instead wants to leave viewers with a meaningful and relevant ending that brings closure to the characters and the overall series.
In a January interview with Gizmodo, he stated, “I am not interested in going beyond the existing source material. As a viewer, I have no problem watching shows that just keep going and going and going. No problem. But as a writer, I don’t want to be in the position of spinning plates to just spool out season after season of stuff. To me, it’s important that things are purposeful, and if they’re purposeful, that means they have endings.”