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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