Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, showrunners of The Last of Us, are switching it up for the second season. While the first season of HBO’s post-apocalyptic drama closely mirrored the main events of the first game in the series, the second game will reportedly take “more than one season”.
In an interview with British GQ, the showrunners were asked if the second season will “span the entire course” of Part II, to which Mazin swiftly responded: “No.
No way.” Mazin refused to reveal how many seasons it would take, but did share that “more than one is factually correct”. “Some of the stuff I’m most excited for [in Part 2] are the changes we’ve discussed and seeing the story come to life again in this other version,” said Druckmann. “And I think it’s exciting because it leans into those feelings you had from the game, really heavily, in a new way.” GQ also questioned the creators on backlash from fans, who took issue with the lack of scenes with the infected as opposed to the game. “One of my least favourite notes as a screenwriter to receive from a studio is, ‘we really liked this, give us more of it.’ And I always think, well, I’m going to give you more good until you’re like ‘ah it’s too much of it,'” explained Mazin. “I learned that lesson as much from watching Game of Thrones as anything else.
That series had such a slow and interesting build to the presence of the wights and the white walkers. Every time you saw them, your blood pressure skyrocketed.