The first season of The Last of US on HBO and HBO Max captivated fans with its faithfulness to the original video game. But rumors about a possible change in Joel's fate in the second season have begun to circulate. What do the actors and showrunners of the series have to say?
Showrunners open door to changes
The fidelity of the first season of The Last of Us to Naughty Dog's video game has been widely praised. However, speculation about a possible take on freedom in the second season, particularly regarding the fate of Joel, has emerged. Craig Mazin, one of the showrunners of the series, told Esquire, “We don't feel limited by the original material.”
The cast gives their thoughts on Joel's future
Pedro Pascal, who plays Joel, and Bella Ramsey, who plays Ellie, also gave their opinion on this issue. Without revealing too much, they evoked the possible scenaristic choices for the second season.
Warning, spoilers to follow !
Joel's death : fidelity to the video game or surprise for the fans ?
In the second video game of Naughty Dog, Joel is killed very early in the story. The big question is whether the writers of the series will dare to take this bold decision or not. Although the first season was very faithful to the video game, it is possible that adjustments will be made to the timing of events.
The relationships between the characters could be deepened
The writers may want to take the time to develop Joel and Ellie's relationship further, especially after Ellie discovers the truth about her past. Abby, a key character in the second game, has not yet been officially introduced in the series, which could also influence the decision regarding Joel's death.
Ambiguous words from showrunners and actors
Craig Mazin said that he was not afraid to kill off characters, but that neither he nor Neil Druckmann, the creator of the video game, felt constrained by the original material. Pedro Pascal, meanwhile, said it wouldn't make sense to follow the first game faithfully and then radically deviate from the path. Bella Ramsey admitted that she was not sure if she was emotionally ready for Joel's death if it happened.
Second season release date still uncertain
Fans will have to wait to find out how the show's creators will approach Joel's death. Filming for the second season is expected to begin in late 2023 or early 2024, which means that the new episodes could be aired as early as 2025.
In conclusion, there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding Joel's future in the second season of The Last of Us. Fans will have to wait
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