It looks like even if it’s a hit, there won’t be too many series of The Last of Us on HBO. “We have no plans to tell any stories beyond adapting the games,” Neil Druckmann told The Hollywood Reporter, “We won’t run into the same issue as Game of Thrones since Part II doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.”
The first series of the TV show follows the plot of the first game, albeit with a few twists when the duo meet hard-core survivalist Bill, and if greenlit, it seems the second series will follow the second game. A third game seems a good way off, “I think there’s more story to tell,” says Druckmman, but that would have to be out by 2025 if the TV show were to get a third series.
“I don’t have any interest in a spinning-plates-go-on-forever show,” says ‘Chernobyl’ creator Craig Mazin, “When it becomes a perpetual motion machine, it just can’t help but get kind of … stupid. Endings mean everything to me.”
So get ready to love the new Joel and Ellie, but probably not for too long. Well, in Joel’s case about one season.
Earlier this week Naughty Dog wote blog post about The Last of Us tenth anniversary which will be this June.
“The Last of Us turns 10 this coming June, and though that decade feels like it flew by, we have treasured every moment of your support and love for this series since it debuted,” writes Naughty Dog’s co-president Neil Druckmann.
“The beautiful fan art, the incredibly detailed cosplay, the letters of support about what these games have meant to you, and everything else that has poured in over this last decade: thank you! Thank you for supporting this story our studio believes in so deeply. Our team could never have imagined over a decade ago that the kernel of what was The Last of Us would have such a profound impact on our lives, and the lives of so many of you out there.”
As part of the post he also shared a piece of concept art for the new The Last of Us multiplayer game that has seemingly been development since the dawn of time.