WARNING: This article contains MAJOR SPOILERS for The Last of Us Season 1, Episode 6 and The Last of Us Season 2, so if you aren’t up to speed on the HBO series, read at your own risk!
HBO hadn’t renewed The Last of Us for a Season 2 until it received great reviews and a record-breaking viewership record on the streaming site. Now, while the HBO series is ending in two episodes, Gabriel Luna, who plays Tommy Miller on the show, has teased some plans he had in mind for The Last of Us Season 2 ahead of Season 1’s ending.
“When I played the games, I experienced the story as one big chunk, one unified story. So I was just as much prepping for Part II as I was for the work that was immediately on hand,” Luna said in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, “I’m fully—yeah, I’m ready.”
The acclaimed Naughty Dog video game received high praises for its outstanding storytelling apart from its improved graphics over time, and seeing as showrunners Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin had kept their promise to deliver a game-accurate adaptation of The Last of Us, Season 2 is up for a bumpy ride with Joel and Ellie.
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The Tommy actor continued on to say how he has already pitched some ideas for The Last of Us Season 2 ahead of its development: “I’ve pitched a few ideas to Craig and Neil about what we could explore, considering we can bubble out to certain pockets of the story that we don’t get to experience in the game.” Considering this is what the showrunners have intended to do from the beginning (which is to fill in the gaps the video game hasn’t shown), Luna is on the right track.
“So we’ll have to see what they have in store, but I was ready before we shot the first frame of [The Last of Us Season 1] for Part II. I’m excited to get into that work.”
Tommy’s role is bound for a bigger one in The Last of Us Season 2, especially for what Ellie is about to go through. The Last of Us Episode 6 showed Joel Miller suffering from PTSD after hearing the news of his brother expecting their firstborn, reminding Joel of losing his daughter on the brink of the outbreak.
Let’s just say this isn’t going to be the last time we’ll see a character suffering from PTSD as the series goes on.
Meanwhile, The Last of Us Episode 7 will be available to stream on HBO Max on February 26, Sunday.