Now that filming is officially underway on HBO’s The last of us series, executive producer and co-writer Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) has revealed the number of episodes for the first season.
During a performance at the Scriptnotes podcastMazin revealed that the first season will have “five directors over 10 episodes” and that “the writing for the first three episodes, and to some extent the first four episodes, is kinda done.”
So far, three of the five directors have been announced, including Jasmila Žbanić, Ali Abbasi and Kantemir Balagov, who will direct episodes from a script by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, the game series’ writer and creative director. Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) will play Joel and Ellie respectively with Gabriel Luna playing Joel’s brother Tommy, Merle Dandridge reprising her video game role as Marlene, and Nico Parker (The third day) set to portray Joel’s daughter, Sarah.
The last of us Set 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed, it centers on the relationship between Joel, a smuggler in this new world, and Ellie, a teenager who may hold the key to a cure for a deadly pandemic. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle the 14-year-old girl out of a cramped quarantine zone. What starts as a small job quickly turns into a brutal, heartbreaking journey as they crisscross the US, depending on each other for their survival.”