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The Last of Us season 2 pauses auditions amid ongoing writers' strike

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TLoU S2 pauses auditions due to writers' strikeHBO

Auditions for season two of The Last of Us have been put on hold amid the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike.

According to Variety, the casting department had previously been asking actors to read scenes taken directly from the game The Last of Us Part II, on which the second season will be based. The process is now on hold indefinitely.

Season two scripts are yet to be completed, with series creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann pausing all work on the show in keeping with strike guidelines.

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The Last of Us is the latest major show to be impacted by the WGA strikes, with production on Stranger Things season five and Severance season two among the many delayed.

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The live show for the 2023 MTV Awards was also scrapped in favour of a pre-recorded version after host Drew Barrymore pulled out in solidarity with striking writers.

However, not all shows will be affected. HBO has confirmed that filming for House of the Dragon season two will still be moving forward.

The strikes began earlier this month, with the WGA calling for better payments for its writers following the rise in popularity of streaming services.

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HBO

Starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us debuted to overwhelming praise from fans and strong critics' reviews, as well as an instant series renewal from HBO.

Mazin and Druckmann recently gave fans a hint at what they can expect from season two, teasing possible changes ahead.

"The moment-to-moment beats and characters, they might stay the same, they might change," Druckmann revealed. "We will do what needs to happen to that story as it transfers from one medium to another."

The Last of Us airs on HBO in the US, and on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW in the UK.

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