‘The Last of Us’ Season 2’s First Images Show Pedro Pascal’s Mullet (!!!)

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‘The Last of Us’ Images Show Pedro Pascal’s MulletCourtesy of HBO

This story contains spoilers for the season finale of The Last of Us but not the video game The Last of Us Part II. You’re safe. (For now.)

Reader, I have three words for you: Pedro. Pascal’s. Mullet. HBO just dropped the first two official images from The Last of Us season 2—and it looks like Joel finally got his hands on a good bottle of conditioner. In all seriousness, and without spoiling too much, the first photo shows Joel at a certain party from The Last of Us Part II’s early moments. In the second image, we see Bella Ramsey’s Ellie holding a gun, seemingly approaching a potential threat. Nothing’s changed, right? You can view the two glorious images below.

Season 2 of the postapocalyptic series will reportedly follow the plot of the Last of Us Part II video game closely. Those who know exactly what goes down between Joel and Ellie in the second installment understand the major ramifications to come. “If that does take place in the show,” Ramsey told Esquire in our cover story on Pascal, referencing that plot line, “I don’t know that I’m emotionally ready for it.”

In the first season of the HBO series, the unlikely duo of Joel and Ellie set out on a cross-country trip to find a cure for a deadly fungal infection that turns victims into zombies. (We’re simplifying, we know.) The Last of Us proved to be a smash hit—even setting viewership records during its 2023 airing. The series also managed to keep fans of its source material, 2013’s The Last of Us video game, relatively happy with a faithful retelling of its dark, emotional story.

According to HBO chief Casey Bloys, the network isn’t eyeing a release for season 2 until 2025. Still, there’s a lot to look forward to between now and then. Check out everything we know about The Last of Us season 2 below.

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No words, just mullet. Courtesy of HBO
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Ellie (Bella Ramsey) is about five years older in the next chapter of the series. Courtesy of HBO

Is Anyone New Joining the Cast of The Last of Us Season 2?

Yes. HBO has officially locked in the actors for the second season’s most important players: Abby, Jesse, and Dina. Kaitlyn Dever (Dopesick) is officially joining the cast as Abby—aka the most influential member of The Last of Us Part II. Though we won’t spoil anything here, just know that fans of the video game who are aware of what lies ahead have been eagerly awaiting this announcement. We’ll leave you with a short teaser from HBO that describes Abby as “a skilled soldier whose black-and-white view of the world is challenged as she seeks vengeance for those she loved.”

According to Deadline, Dever emerged as the front-runner following the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike back in November. “Our casting process for season 2 has been identical to season 1: We look for world-class actors who embody the souls of the characters in the source material,” co-creators and showrunners Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann said in an official statement. “Nothing matters more than talent, and we’re thrilled to have an acclaimed performer like Kaitlyn join Pedro, Bella and the rest of our family.”

But that’s not all. Two other major players have been cast for season 2. Young Mazino (BEEF) was announced as Jesse, while Isabela Merced (Madame Web) will play Dina. Jesse is a selfless member of the duo’s new community, according to HBO, while fans of The Last of Us Part II will recognize Dina as Ellie’s eventual love interest. (Merced also starred alongside Dever in the Shakespearean film Rosaline in 2022.) Speaking about casting Mazino, the Last of Us creators stated that he is “one of those rare actors who is immediately undeniable the moment you see him.”

One more for the road: Catharine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek, Home Alone) will also join season 2 in an undisclosed role. Even fans of the video game are stumped on this one, but we’re excited to have her!

Who Will Direct Season 2?

To tell the next shocking chapter of the story, The Last of Us has assembled a killer lineup of directors. Alongside Druckmann and Mazin, the series has picked up recent Emmy winner Mark Mylod (Succession), Kate Herron (Loki), Nina Lopez-Corrado (Perry Mason), and Stephen Williams (Watchmen), Deadline reports. Peter Hoar, who directed season 1’s beloved third episode, “Long, Long Time,” will also return.

What Will Happen in Season 2?

Of course, season 2, like season 1, will have a clear road map to follow: 2020’s divisive The Last of Us Part II. The sequel has even more material to cover than the first season—which compiled all of the events of the first game into its nine episodes. “This should be fairly obvious to anyone by now, but I don’t fear killing characters,” Mazin revealed to Esquire. “But the important thing to note is that neither Neil nor I feel constrained by the source material."

Mazin and Druckmann hope that the remainder of the show will have something for anyone who watches—from newcomers to devoted fans of the video games. If you need reassurance that the HBO series will successfully pull off any changes to the game, just look at episode 3’s story of Bill and Frank, or even the flashback scenes of Ellie and Riley from episode 7. “We will present things, but it will be different,” Mazin told Variety. “Sometimes it will be different radically, and sometimes it will be barely different at all. But it’s going to be different, and it will be its own thing. It won’t be exactly like the game. It will be the show that Neil and I want to make.”

According to our 2023 interview with Pascal, the adaptation will remain true to the game in season 2 “like entirely, I think.” The actor added in Esquire’s accompanying “Explain This” video that “it wouldn’t make sense to follow the first game so faithfully only to stray severely from the path.” And on the Sundance Film Festival red carpet for the premiere of his film Freaky Tales, Pascal told Deadline that the showrunners are “always going to find ways to build on the incredible source material that they have, and surprise us with how they can use that material in a different format like a television show.” Still, the leading man maintained that he “wouldn’t want to spoil it for anybody, and the truth is, I don’t actually have all of the information as of yet.”

What About Beyond Season 2?

Well, even though the series plans to closely follow the plot of The Last of Us Part II, there’s a big question about whether it will end after just two or three seasons. What happens when HBO runs out of material? Will Mazin and Druckmann start dreaming up new plot points to finish the TV series, à la Game of Thrones? It’s a tough choice, especially since Druckmann and his video-game company, Naughty Dog, are also busy with the next installment in the The Last of Us game franchise.

“Our plan is to do it not just for one more season. We should be around for a while,” Mazin told a panel in Las Vegas, according to Deadline. Earlier, he also told IndieWire, “Even though we were greenlit for a season of television, Neil and I felt like we can’t just make a season of television without considering what would come after. There is more The Last of Us to come. And I think the balance is not always just about within an episode or even episode to episode but season a season.” That includes, potentially, original stories in other cities told beyond the material from the game. We could be looking at a whole world of Last of Us stories.

That’s all we’ll say about that! In the coming months, Esquire will break down even more information about how the HBO series will adapt the franchise’s brutal second entry. For now? Just enjoy the good news: Clickers will be sniffing you out well beyond 2025.

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