The first season of the hit HBO show The last of us reached its end. After such a shocking and shocking conclusion, fans have been left anxious to see what will happen to Joel and Ellie in season 2. Since the show’s source material continues well beyond where the first season ends, there is still so much to look forward to and so much potential for the latter.
Note: This article contains spoilers for its second season The last of us.
Season 1 of the show adapted events from both the first game and the Stay back DLC, so it is possible that season 2 will follow the story from The Last of Us Part II. Set four years after the original, this sequel follows Joel and Ellie after the latter learns that Joel stopped the Fireflies from killing her and making a cure for her Cordyceps pandemic. Here’s everything the audience could see in terms of the story.
Season 2 is only half over
Given how massive and layered the second game is, there’s certainly a lot to cover in just one season, and showrunner Craig Mazin admitted that Accelerator that the show could go beyond two seasons so it could tell the whole story. “Probably the amount of story that’s left would take us more than a season to tell,” Mazin said.
Splitting the second game into two for the future of the series makes sense because it not only shows Joel and Ellie trying to reconcile, but also Ellie’s vengeful pursuit of Abby Anderson, her growing relationship with Dina, and the war between the Washington Liberation Front and a cult of religious fanatics known as the Seraphim for control of Seattle. Not only that, but the game depicts everything from Abby’s perspective as well.
Joel will probably die
One of the biggest controversies surrounding the second game in the franchise was how it showed protagonist Joel being brutally murdered early in the story (and the game put the player in control of the person killing him). Given the immense popularity of Pedro Pascal as Joel, staying true to the source material and killing off his character is sure to upset many fans. However, HBO is no stranger to killing off its main characters early, as audiences have seen Ned Stark and Viserys Targaryen die in the first seasons of their respective shows.
The Last of Us Part II introduced many new characters who play important roles in Joel and Ellie’s story. If the second season adapts the second game, it will likely introduce these main characters.
Abby is a young woman seeking revenge on Joel for killing her father, one of the Firefly doctors who tried to operate on Eli to create a cure for Cordyceps. Despite murdering Joel in the aftermath, Abby is one of the protagonists of the story. Although she starts out jaded and ruthless, she regains her sense of compassion and morality as she confronts Ellie and the Seraphites, making her one of the most compelling characters in the franchise.
The audience could see Elli falling in love with her friend, Dina, in the second season. The two meet in the second game while living in Jackson, Wyoming. Dina later joins Eli as she pursues Abby in her quest for revenge. The two eventually move in together and Dina gives birth to her son, JJ. They live together as a family until Ellie leaves to find and kill Abby again, with Ellie finding Dina and JJ gone when she returns.
Jesse is introduced to Part II as the leader of Jackson’s patrol teams and Dinah’s former boyfriend. While Dina breaks up with him before falling in love with Ellie, Jesse joins them both as they hunt down Abby, making him a reliable ally. Although Jesse is killed during their journey, he still lives on through his and Dina’s son, JJ.
Raised as “Lily”, Lev was a member of the Seraphites until he was expelled for shaving his head, which is his way of identifying as a trans man. Armed with his trusty bow and arrow, Lev fights alongside Abby as a member of the Washington Liberation Front.
Lev’s portrayal in the games was controversial with some trans audiences, but hopefully the writers can learn from this backlash and give his character a more sensitive story, similar to what they did with Bill and Frank.
Yara is Lev’s older sister, who was also raised as a Seraphite before leaving the cult with him. Loving and caring for her little brother, Yara will do whatever it takes to protect Lev from harm. Even when the Seraphim tortured her and broke her arm to make her renounce Lev, she never submitted. She ends up losing her life protecting Lev, but if she does show up in Season 2, she’ll definitely be the sister that all fans want.
Owen and Mel
Originally members of the Fireflies, Owen and Mel become members of the WLF and Abby’s team. They help Abby kill Joel, but these two lovers are among the most compassionate and compassionate characters in the story, both preferring not to engage in violence.
Unfortunately, Eli kills them both in the game, not knowing that Mel is pregnant with Owen’s child. It’s unknown if the show’s creators will go that far in adapting these characters for the sequel, but Season 1 showed they’re not afraid to practice dark storytelling.
Another of Abby’s friends/allies, Manny helps her kill Joel. Manny can be as brutal and cruel to his enemies as Abby (even considering killing Ellie after Abby murdered Joel). However, he is still extremely loyal to Abby and her group of former Fireflies, treating them like family and doing everything he can to keep them all together. Like Joel, he is an angel to his friends. but devil to others.
The rat king
It’s worth mentioning that Season 2 could have Eli facing off against the dreaded Rat King when exploring Seattle. This creature is a hideous fusion of some of the first humans infected by the Cordyceps fungus, and has strength even greater than an inflatable.
While this monster isn’t a major character in the story, its appearance would certainly make for a formidable obstacle for Ellie to overcome, as well as a shocking piece of body horror straight out of John Carpenter The thing.
While Ellie starts as a 15-year-old in the first season of the show, her character is supposed to be 19 in the second game. As a result, it’s highly unlikely that 19-year-old Bella Ramsey will be recast for next season. No need a House of the Dragon-change of style in the composition of the show.
There’s still the matter of the newcomer cast. Many viewers believe that Dina may have already appeared on the show as the girl looking at Ellie in episode 6 (that girl is played by Paolina van Kleef). Also, fans already believe that actor Shannon Berry (The Wilds) has already been cast as Abby. Meanwhile, Ian Alexander and Victoria Grace, who played Lev and Yara in the game respectively, have expressed interest in reprising their characters for the show. As for the rest of the new cast, it’s anyone’s guess who HBO will line up in Season 2.