The Last of Us Season 2‘s production start date window for the next installment in the video game adaptation has been set by HBO, and it isn’t too far off.

Variety has reported that HBO CEO Casey Bloys spoke at a press conference this morning and revealed that The Last of Us Season 2 will be entering production in early 2024. He noted that the WGA strike and the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike delayed the production of the second season, which the outlet states was not on the network’s 2024 slate presentation. This means the upcoming season will likely arrive, at the earliest, in 2025.

The series is executive produced and co-written by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and original game writer Neil Druckmann, who is also serving as one of the directors. It is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television in association with PlayStation Productions. Executive producers are Carolyn Strauss, Naughty Dog President Evan Wells, and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan.

Who stars in The Last of Us?

The Last of Us currently stars Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie, Gabriel Luna as Tommy Miller, and Rutina Wesley as Maria. Season 2 is expected to be based on Naughty Dog’s acclaimed video game sequel The Last of Us Part II, which will feature a significant time jump introducing a now grown-up Ellie.

Season 1 also featured Nico Parker, Anna Torv, Melanie Lynskey, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, and Storm Reid. It also included guest-star appearances from the original video game’s actors Jeffrey Pierce, Merle Dandridge, Troy Baker, and Ashley Johnson as new characters.

Season 1 is now available for streaming on Max.

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