While many fans of The Last of Us were pulling for a 2022 release date for the TV series, HBO has recently stated that 2023 is much more probable.
In an interview with Deadline, HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys spilled the beans. “It’s not going to air in 2022 — they are still shooting in Canada. I imagine you will see it in ’23.”
The Last of Us will star Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) as Ellie and Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) as Joel. The HBO series will be directed by Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin and written by original game creator Neil Druckmann of Naughty Dog.
“I have seen some early episodes and I’m very excited,” Bloys continued. “Craig did Chernobyl for us, he is a fantastic writer and director. What I’ve seen looks amazing, so I’m excited for it, but it will not be in ’22.”
The series will follow the story of the game, taking place 20 years after a viral outbreak ends society. Joel is hired to smuggle Ellie out of a quarantine zone, but the two soon face survival together as a team.
With Ramsey in the starring role, and executive producer Carolyn Strauss (who also executive produced Game of Thrones), some are curious if this big-budget project will become HBO’s next Game of Thrones. But Bloys was quick to dismiss that hype.
“I’ve been here long enough that I’ve been through, what’s the next Sopranos, what’s next Game of Thrones, now what’s next Succession. There is no next Game of Thrones.”
While we all wait for HBO’s The Last of Us to hit (hopefully) next year, there’s always hundreds of hours of the two games to play through! So there’s that.