The entertainment industry is currently experiencing a writers’ strike, and several TV shows have been affected. One of the latest shows to be impacted is The Last of Us season 2. According to a report by Variety, casting on the hit HBO show has come to a halt, and production is currently on hold. The strike has caused a delay in the writing of scripts, which has led to the temporary suspension of the show’s production.
The Last of Us season 2 is an adaptation of the popular video game, The Last of Us Part 2. The plan before casting stopped was for actors to read material from the game, as the scripts for season 2 have not been penned yet. The showrunners, Craig Mazin and Neill Druckmann, have confirmed that the second game will require more than one season to be adapted fully. The show’s production is expected to begin in Vancouver in early 2024.
As the writers’ strike continues, Mazin has ceased his writing and producing duties on season 2, including casting. Druckmann is also not currently working on the show. The Last of Us season 2 is not the only series to be disrupted by the writers’ strike. Writing has been suspended on shows such as Cobra Kai season 6, Abbott Elementary season 3, and Yellowjackets season 3. Andor season 2, House of the Dragon season 2, and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 2 are continuing without writers, including showrunners, on set. Production on Stranger Things season 5 has shut down entirely.
It is uncertain whether the strike will cause any delays to The Last of Us season 2’s release. However, fans can rest assured that when it does arrive, it will be worth the wait. Mazin has stated that the show’s technology and effects will be improved upon significantly, building on what was learned during the production of season 1. “We’re just going to keep moving the bar up and up and up. That’s kind of our call to arms,” he said.
The Last of Us Season 2 and the WGA Writers’ Strike: What We Know So Far
The Last of Us Season 2, one of the most anticipated shows in recent memory, has been affected by the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, according to a new report by Variety. With casting on the show grinding to a halt, fans are left wondering when they can expect the continuation of the critically acclaimed story.
Season 2 Plan: Reading Material From The Last of Us Part 2
Before the strike hit, the plan was for the actors to read material from The Last of Us Part 2 since the scripts for season 2 had not been written yet. As fans of the show know, season 2 will be adapting Part 2 of the game, but not all of it. The showrunners, Craig Mazin and Neill Druckmann, have confirmed that more than one season will be needed to cover the second game.
Production Delayed Until Early 2024?
Variety’s sources suggest that the production of season 2 is slated to begin in Vancouver in early 2024. However, with the strike still ongoing, it’s hard to say if that timeline will hold up. As things stand, Mazin has ceased writing and producing duties on season 2, including casting, and Druckmann is not working on the show at all.
Other Shows Affected by the Strike?
The Last of Us is not the only show affected by the writers’ strike. Writing has been suspended on other popular shows such as Cobra Kai season 6, Abbott Elementary season 3, and Yellowjackets season 3. However, other shows like Andor season 2, House of the Dragon season 2, and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 2 continue without writers (including showrunners) on set. Production on Stranger Things season 5 has shut down entirely.
What Does the Future Hold for The Last of Us Season 2?
It remains to be seen if the WGA strike will delay The Last of Us season 2. However, what we do know is that showrunners Mazin and Druckmann are committed to making season 2 even better than the first. Mazin has already teased that the show will continue to push the boundaries of technology to deliver even more realistic and gripping scenes.