The Last of Us fans have an exciting filming update coming their way! The hit HBO show has begun filming its second season in downtown Nanaimo near the historic Old City Quarter, and BC fans have a front-row seat.

According to Downtown Nanaimo, production is in its third stage of closures, which are currently in effect for Commercial, Wharf, and Skinner Streets.

Until May 31st, parts of Diana Krall Plaza will also be closed for production.

Downtown Nanaimo details that other parts of the surrounding area will be closed in “short, planned phases” – however, most shops and restaurants will remain open throughout filming, as well as the Harbour Front Parkade!

This is great news for Nanaimo residents and visitors, who can potentially catch some of the action as it unfolds in front of the camera.

What’s more, local men’s clothing brand NYLA Fresh Thread captured it all from their store, revealing the area’s overgrown grass and greenery, broken down and rusted vehicles, and the addition of military tanks. Talk about a post-apocalyptic transformation!

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Season 2 info

Even more exciting? HBO has officially announced its return to our TV screens in 2025, with Bella Ramsey (Ellie) and Pedro Pascal (Joel) sharing the news along with teaser photos on their socials on May 15th.

The largest series ever filmed in Canada, The Last of Us Season 2 will continue its journey across “America” following a global pandemic and “zombie” outbreak.


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So far, there are a handful of new characters to keep your eye out for as the filming of its second season continues:

Filming in the area will wrap up on May 31st, according to Downtown Nanaimo.

So there you have it, TLOU fans. Stay tuned for more season 2 filming updates as they come, including an official air date!