It’s been a while, but I’ve been very hard at work on the second season of The Last Ones, and I’m excited to finally be able to reveal that the series will be returning in just a matter of weeks, at some point in mid-July! As soon as I have an official date, you’ll be the first to know!
So, with the second season impending, I’ve decided to answer some of you may have about the series and what you can all expect. As there’s quite a chunk of text, I’ve decided to intersperse some brand new, never-before-seen pictures from the second season. Enjoy!
The first season finale of the show aired on July 12th last year. So, first of all; what’s taken so bloody long?
I can only apologise to you all. I understand the wait must have been annoying, especially as I left the characters at such a tragic point, but it really is necessary. The show takes a long time to plan, write, and film, and I honestly have been working on this consistently over the past year. And quality is of the up-most importance for me. I’m not half-arsing this at all. It has to be perfect.
I’m not going to lie, it could’ve come a month or two sooner had I been a bit firmer with myself to get things done, but no motivation and self-loathing about my abilities as a writer slowed me down. For that, I’m sorry! But at least I didn’t quit, right?
Speaking of that cliff-hanger. What can we expect when we return now that Milo has been killed in such a shocking, brutal way?
I can’t say much, but it’s definitely going to have a major effect on the group, and not just on Peter. They’ll be one or two other characters who are going to take it pretty hard. As for Peter himself, you won’t be surprised to see that it really messes with his head and changes everything as far as he’s concerned. He still has his daughter, and Lorna’s out there somewhere, but what Eli did to his son is going to have a deep, dark impact on him for sure.
So, Lorna’s alive? You’ve just confirmed that?
Yes. Lorna is indeed alive. Eli left her so for a reason.
Will she be sticking around?
She will, indeed. She’s a main character for the second season and we’re going to see being a lot more from her. You may, however, be surprised by the direction I’ve taken with her. That’s all I’m saying on that.
Is Eli really dead? I mean he died, just like that. Surely he would’ve been a lot harder to take down?
He’s human. Just like the rest of the characters. A simple arrow to the heart would kill him just as a big explosion or a dozen or so bullets would. I intended for his death to be shocking, sudden, and maybe even a little bit of a let-down in the sense he didn’t die in a hugely, over-the-top, dramatic, satisfying way like we’re used to seeing big villains go, but that was intentional.
Also, I think it’s worth pointing out, that Eli himself knew there was a very big chance he was going to die. He knew it was only a matter of time before someone ended him. It might have been a bit quicker than what he had hoped, as he seemed awfully excited about being the group’s prisoner, but he killed Charlotte’s mother and betrayed her knowing full well she’d come back to make sure he paid the price…
What will happen with Charlotte? Will she be a villain in the next season? Will Peter go after her for revenge?
Charlotte only ever worked with Eli because her mother’s life was at stake. I think it’s fair to say that anyone in her situation would have done exactly the same thing. She cared about Peter and the others, but when it came down to it, her loyalty was to her family. Unfortunately, she also unknowingly caused Milo’s death by killing Eli, which certainly won’t be forgotten about. She’s a good person, so I wouldn’t expect her to be a villain, but would she defend herself by any means necessary if someone did go after her? Absolutely. And will Peter do that? Probably not. He’s got a lot of things to attend to when we return to him, like burying his son and dealing with his loss, but reuniting with Beatrice and tracking down Lorna will also be main priorities. With that being said, if Peter and Charlotte do ever come across each other again, it won’t be pleasant. Accident or not, Milo is dead. Peter won’t forget that in a hurry.
Beatrice and Georgie were rescued from zombies by that mysterious man who was with Henry and Karen’s dog, Ben. What’s that about? Can you tell us more about the stranger?
No. But it’s cool Ben’s alive, huh?
Love huskies. They’re the most beautiful of dog breeds, as far as I’m concerned.
So, we know what happened to Lorna and Milo, and Ben’s with Georgie and Beatrice now, but what about Henry? He went missing alongside those three back early last season, but he’s still AWOL. Was he Eli’s prisoner, too? Is he alive? Will we see him this season?
I’m not saying. I wouldn’t want to spoil anything, would I? All I’ll say is that we will find out Henry’s fate very quickly in the second season. Whether he’s dead or alive… you’ll have to see.
Joy was growing into such a kick-ass character. Why did you kill her?
I don’t know. Because I’m an idiot?
I’ll try and explain myself anyway. Her death was always planned and I grew to love the character more and more as the first season went on and even though I felt as if I couldn’t go through with it when the time came, I felt I had to. I wanted her to have a hero’s death, and boy did she. She was a mother bear who gave her life for the people she loved. Had I not done it and had her survived, I think it would have been a bit Hollywood and a bit of a cop-out to have Eli’s people storm the camp and have Joy, Georgie, and Beatrice all survive without consequence. If it’s any consolation to those who really liked her, she was easily the hardest character for me to “kill.” I don’t know what that says about me considering Milo, but hey.
I suppose I could have killed one of the other two in her place, but alas, I have plans for the two of them and they’re kind of vital for what’s the come. Also, I felt certain members of the group, like Shiro, Aimi, and Georgie, might benefit as characters to lose that all-important mother figure. Thank God they still have Jai though, eh? For now, at least. No I’m kidding. Or maybe I’m not.
Are there any characters you won’t kill?
No. Everyone is at risk in this series. That I can promise you. But at the same time, I don’t like deaths that are done just for the sake of shocking viewers. When I kill my main characters, I want it to be right for the character and it needs to have meaning. All four of the major deaths in the first season (Vicky, Eli, Milo, Joy) were done to advance the story forward.
You mentioned Vicky there. Will Alexis face any repercussions for killing her? What’s next for the safe-town?
Angie aside, there’s not anybody that cared about poor Vicky, so it’s looking like Alexis is going to get away with her betrayal. With that being said, Vicky’s death won’t just be forgotten about. It’s going to leave an impact.
At the end of the first season, Alexis was the only main character who appeared to be in a good place. She’s the ruler of a safe-town which has so much potential, Eli’s out of the way and will no longer cause her a hindrance and she’s gotten away with murder… literally. However, it won’t be all sunshine and rainbows in Victoria come the second season. The residents she lets in have their own stories and motivations too, after all. Wait and see.
Alexis is going to be the villain for the next season, isn’t she?
Maybe. But it’s not all black and white with Alexis. There are layers to her we’re yet to unearth. She’s no Eli, in spite of his insistence that they’re one in the same.
What’s going to happen with Michael, the pathologist she knew from college and tracked down to make him a part of her community? Will he search for a cure?
He will most certainly be conducting experiments, yes. I’m saying nothing else other than Michael will be a big part of the second season, and thus will join Lorna in becoming a new main character. Also, he and Alexis are such a blast to write for when they’re together. I can’t wait for people to see their scenes.
With the loss of Vicky, Eli, and Joy, that leaves us with three dead main characters. Lorna and Michael are new regulars, will there be any more?
Yes. Two in fact. But I’m not saying anything else. They won’t appear right away, though.
So they’re joining alongside Peter, Sean, Shiro, Aimi, Jai, Angie, Alexis, Javier, Georgie, Charlotte, and Bobby? Are they all sticking around?
Absolutely, they’re remaining regulars. I’m not done with them just yet.
Will there be any major deaths in season two?
No comment. But it’s a zombie apocalypse. People die.
So, what can we expect from the very first episode?
We’re thrown back into the drama straight away. Literally, only minutes have passed from episode sixteen of season one, to episode one of season two. The episode will primarily focus on Peter and what he does in the immediate aftermath of losing Milo. It’s not a huge action-packed episode, as it wouldn’t be right after such a tragic, chilling demise, but I really think it’s a gripping, sad episode that will want you wanting more. We won’t see much of anything else other than Peter and the folks who were with him when he discovered Milo, but we will check in on Charlotte and Bobby, and what they do next. Bobby, as you might recall, is completely unaware she worked for Eli.
And finally, what can we expect from the second season as a whole?
The second season is huge, in every way possible. There are ten episodes in part one, and ten in part two. They’ll be a few months break in between. That’s four episodes more than last season. I always plan ahead, in fact, I pretty much know everything that’s to come on The Last Ones (including the ending!) so I always sit down and work out how many episodes I’ll need for each season, and this upcoming one needs twenty. That should tell you there’s a massive amount of action coming up.
As for the story itself. I’m not saying anything other than you’ll see some characters take very different approaches into surviving in this world. And you’ll also be introduced to a lot of new characters, as I believe this is a world that requires a big cast, and there’s some really cool locations coming up, too. After all, the main group will need somewhere new to stay now that zombies have been attracted to their camp in the hills.
Oh, and most importantly of all, expect blood-shed. A lot of it.
And on that note, it’s time to wrap things up! I hope this got you guys hyped for the season. I’ll be back sometime soon for more sneak-peaks and for the official launch date. See you then!