The Last of Us to Return for Second Season
The post-apocalyptic video game-inspired series, The Last of Us, has been confirmed for a second season after the first season became one of the most successful HBO Max productions. The first season, created by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, ended in March 2022 with Joel and Ellie still searching for a cure to save humanity from the virus. While the second season has yet to receive a release date, fans can expect a continuation of the thrilling story.
Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey Spark Controversy Over Wage Gap
Despite the success of The Last of Us, a wage gap controversy arose surrounding the two leading actors, Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. According to Variety magazine, Pascal received $600,000 per episode, while Ramsey earned only $70,000 per episode. While some fans defended Pascal’s higher pay with his extensive professional career, others criticized the unfairness of the wage gap, which is a common issue in Hollywood.
The Gender Pay Gap Persists in Hollywood
The wage gap between actors and actresses in Hollywood is not a new problem. Sharon Stone recently revealed that she was paid far less than co-star Michael Douglas during the filming of the 1992 film, Base Instincts. Stone received only $500,000 while Douglas earned $14 million, highlighting the steep pay disparity between male and female actors. Stone also spoke out against the misogynistic attitudes she experienced on set, where male actors would not listen to her or allow her to affect their performances.
Despite this ongoing issue, The Last of Us has been confirmed for a second season, giving fans another chance to enjoy the post-apocalyptic world and the thrilling story of Joel and Ellie. While the wage gap controversy between Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey persists, many hope that the entertainment industry will continue to address and tackle the gender pay gap.