Joel’s Fate May Change in Season 2 of The Last of Us

The Last of Us’ live-action adaptation won over millions of viewers around the world with ease, dominating charts and breaking records. Now, discussions are popping up left, right, and centre, all concerning season two, which is due to drop… In a very long time.

Recently, co-writer and executive producer of the show, Craig Mazin, made a pretty inflammatory comment, stating that neither he nor Neil Druckmann, co-President at Naughty Dog, feels ‘constrained by the source material’ of The Last of Us Part II.

Could Joel’s fate be about to change?

Joel May Not Go Clubbing

In comments outlined by, several statements were offered up by the stars of HBO’s The Last of Us, all of them geared towards the events that fans are dreading – Joel’s ultimate fate and untimely, brutal end.

Pedro Pascal said in an interview with Esquire:

It wouldn’t make sense to follow the first game so faithfully only to stray severely from the path. So, yeah, that’s my honest answer.

He’s referring of course to Joel’s devastation at the hands of Abby, who is sure to surface in the next season, given that it has been confirmed that it’ll follow the events of The Last of Us Part II. For the first season, the script was almost verbatim, with each episode following the path of the first game with more or less pinpoint accuracy.

Bella Ramsey, the latest actor to play Ellie, also commented:

If that does take place in the show, I don’t know that I’m emotionally ready for it.

But, if it’s up to Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann (which it is), then Pascal’s Joel may see a different outcome in the opening episodes of the second season of the record-breaking show. It seems that there’s quite a while to wait, though – the second season isn’t expected to air until as late as early-2025.

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  1. This site is like fansided, full of click bait, misinformation and word twisting. All these sites making “breaking news” stories out of throw away comments. Smh enough write something that means something

  2. I’m playing TLOU2 for the second time right now and that incident is THE main plot point. It’s why Ellie acts the way she does and it sets off a horrible chain of events that the entire game is comprised of. Lose that one element and you’re rewriting the entire thing. The point is that its awful. Even Ellie is troubled by her own behavior. So my money is on that they’ll keep it the same with more flashback Joel and Ellie scenes. However the new characters will undoubtedly be a large portion of the show, especially Abby.

  3. I say stay close to the game as possible but the answer is so simple there’s like a five year gap between Joel playing a round of golf and they could fill in that five year gap with what ever they like he’ll you could run five seasons on this alone and after Joel can play as much golf As he likes

  4. The show was far from faithful. They deviated so much in every episode. Pascel must be high as a kite saying this

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