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The Last of Us showrunner provides an update on production amidst writers and actors strikes



The Last of Us, a smashing hit on HBO, is presently in pre-production for its second season. Nobody can deny that the series has exceeded many expectations, making it one of HBO’s most expensive productions that has unquestionably paid off. However, because the writers’ strike has halted production, fans may have to wait a bit longer for Season 2.

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Craig Mazin clarifies the state of The Last of Us’ production amid strikes

In a recent interview with Deadline, The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin provided an update on the HBO hit’s filming status, “We know what the whole season is, and I was actually able to get a write and submit the first episode right before the deadline hit. So now I’m just walking around kind of brain-writing, I guess, which I don’t think is scabbing.”

“I take walks and I think through the scenes because when the bell rings and this is over because the companies have finally come to their senses, I’m going to have to basically shoot myself out of a cannon because we really want to try and get this show on the air when it’s supposed to be on the air.”

The original filming schedule for The Last of Us hasn’t been impacted much, yet

Mazin also clarified how much the strike has affected the production, “We had a little more flexibility I think than normally just because we had to wait a little bit longer anyway to line up production with the weather. A lot of what we do is outside, and so we had a schedule that weirdly hasn’t been immediately impacted. But we’re getting pretty close; we can’t keep our original start dates forever obviously.”

“If these strikes go much longer we inevitably will have to push and that hurts us, and it hurts the audience, and it hurts HBO. We all, everybody wants to get back to work; I think everybody that’s actually doing the work, including the network people who are with us on the ground, I think everybody just wants to get this solved. So fingers crossed.”

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