The Last of Us Season 2 Will Have A Lot More Infected, Series’ Creators Say

"It’s quite possible that there will be a lot more infected later. And perhaps different kinds.”

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  • According to showrunner Craig Mazin, The Last of Us Season 2 will have a much higher focus on the infected, potentially showing various kinds of infected from the second game.
  • The show is an adaptation of 2013’s The Last of Us developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony. 
  • The season finale of the show aired only recently and has received praise for being largely similar to how it was in the original game.

The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin confirmed that season 2 of the show will feature a lot more of the infected, including different kinds of infected. Covered by Variety, while speaking to reporters during a virtual press conference, series creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann answered a lot of burning questions we’ve had about The Last of Us Part 2.

One of the first things that were addressed was the lack of action throughout most of Season 1. Showrunner Craig Mazin addressed the “issue” by saying, 

Ultimately, we generally stressed the power of relationships and trying to find significance within moments of action. And so there may be less action than some people wanted because we couldn’t necessarily find significance for quite a bit of it, or [there was] concern that it would be repetitive. After all, you’re not playing it, you’re watching it. And although a lot of people do like to watch gameplay, it needs to be a little more focused and purposeful when we’re putting it on TV.”

The show received a lot of praise from both fans and newcomers for its approach to the conflict from the perspective of the humans struggling to survive in the world rather than about the actual survival amid the cordyceps-infected zombies.

The Last of Us director Neil Druckmann also went into slight detail about considering what to keep and remove from the game.  When it came to the action set-pieces, Druckmann mentioned if it didn’t move the character “and it was only there for spectacle, it was an easy cut for us.” When talking about what’s to come, Mazin said,

There is more ‘The Last of Us’ to come, It’s quite possible that there will be a lot more infected later. And perhaps different kinds.”

According to this, there’s a high possibility we can expect a lot of the unique infected from the games, particularly from the second game. HBO’s The Last of Us also just aired its season finale which adapted the final level of the game in the hospital, having Joel murder the fireflies in order to prevent Ellie from possibly dying.

Fortunately, the adaptation was pretty faithful to the original game’s ending, getting the treatment it very much deserved. A second season has already been confirmed and will likely follow in the near future. A PC port of the first game’s remake is also releasing later this month on Steam and the Epic Games Store. 

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