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“It’s not out of the question”: The Last of Us Showrunner Teases Season 2 Might Feature Deadly Fan-Favorite Spores


The Last of Us became a massive hit the moment it was released on HBO Max. The story of Ellie and Joel is beautifully portrayed by Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal. The first season of the show has already won the hearts of gamers and critics alike. So it is only natural for the demand for a second season to already start rising.

Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in HBO's The Last of Us.
Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in HBO’s The Last of Us.

The pilot episode already established a series that will focus on the first part and will see their journey fighting through a deadly fungus and the clutches of a post-apocalyptic world taken over by the infected cannibalistic zombies. Craig Mazin, who is the showrunner, talked about the inclusion of spores and the freedom he got while adapting the game into a TV series.

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The Last Of Us Season Two Could Include Spores

Craig Mazin has been more than happy to finally bring to life a game that has been loved by almost every gamer out there. The second part of the game introduced spores and brought about the ability to make the ability to transmit the virus airborne.

Ellie and Joel from The Last of us
Ellie and Joel from The Last of us

“It was less about ‘oh, the spores don’t work,’ because I have to say, you may see spores yet,” Mazin said. “It’s not so much that they can’t exist in this world. It was really more like, when a character is transmitting this to another character, what can we do that’s slightly different than just ‘chomp’?” 

There had been the question of what will be introduced in the first season and both Neil Druckmann as well as Mazin wanted to give the best possible TV series to the fans. Game adaptations aren’t always received positively by fans, however, The Last of Us managed to do the exact opposite. They took their time in making what they thought would be perfect for the fans.

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The Last Of Us Cast Was Told Not To Play The Games

When Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey were first picked to play the leads of the show, they had been told by Mazin to not play the games under any circumstances. Although this was not very well received by the fans, it worked just how the showrunner visioned it to by the end of it.

The Last of Us FandomWire
The Last of Us

“I didn’t coach her to do Ellie’s rhythms. I didn’t coach her to do anything, except inside of the scenes I let her know what the intentions were in the dialogue and in the text.”

They wanted to see an authentic version of the characters purely brought to life by Pascal and Ramsey. They did not want any sort of shadow that the actors were to live under and perform in accordance with. Much to the fans’ satisfaction, both actors did an incredible job in the series.

The first episode of The Last of Us is now streaming on HBO Max.

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Source: Washington Post

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is a content writer for Fandomwire. She is currently doing her Bachelor's of Arts in English Honours. Adya likes to read a lot and it would not be a surprise to see her spend her entire day playing Genshin Impact. Her articles range from Marvel, DC and movies to Mental Health Awareness.