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HBO Executive Says The Last Of Us Likely For 2023 Premiere

February 16, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Fans looking forward to seeing HBO’s The Last Of Us will have to wait until at least next year. HBO and HBO Max CCO Casey Bloys told Deadline in a new interview that the show is not coming in 2022, but is likely for 2023.

“It’s not going to air in 2022 — they are still shooting in Canada,” Bloys told the outlet. “I imagine you will see it in ’23.”

Bloys did say that he’s liking what he’s seen so far of the series, which is based on the Naughty Dog blockbuster game franchise. “I have seen some early episodes and I’m very excited,” Bloys said. “Craig [Mazan] did Chernobyl for us, he is a fantastic writer and director. What I’ve seen looks amazing, so I’m excited for it, but it will not be in ’22.”

The series stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey and comes from Mazen as well as the game’s creator Neil Druckmann. While Bloys is excited by what he’s seen, he was quick to dismiss any talk that it could be the network’s “next Game of Thrones.”

“There is no next Game of Thrones,” he made clear. “I’ve been here long enough that I’ve been through, what’s the next Sopranos, what’s next Game of Thrones, now what’s next SuccessionGame of Thrones.”

The Last of Us takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed by a deadly virus. Joel (Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie (Ramsey), a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone to the Fireflies, a cure-searching organization. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.