It seems like the new trend for prestige television series is to wait two years between seasons. That’s what will likely happen with House of the Dragon and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and now… The Last of Us. According to Bella Ramsey, who plays Ellie on The Last of Us, we might not see season two of The Last of Us until 2025. But at least production appears to be starting soon.

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Per The Independent, Ramsey shared the following about the filming and airing of The Last of Us season two on The Jonathan Ross Show, “It will be a while. I think we’ll probably shoot at the end of this year, beginning of next… So it’ll probably be the end of 2024, early 2025.” This seems to add up with previous statements from Pedro Pascal, noting season two could begin to film in 2023. We can’t say we want to wait two years for the next season of The Last of Us. But we can’t say we feel exactly surprised to hear this news either.

Recently, Craig Mazin, co-creator of the series, noted that season two remains in the script phase, additionally confirming its early stages of development. And Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin both recently commented that season two was “months not years” away from starting, per Deadline.

Of course, nothing is ever set in stone when it comes to filming schedules. And HBO has not made an official announcement about when we can expect The Last of Us season two to release. All we know is that it’s coming. Although two years seems to be the new norm, we can’t help but cross our fingers that The Last of Us‘ popularity might get it back onto our screens a little more quickly.

Originally published on March 20, 2023.