“It’s pretty cool when Stephen King points out how much Canada it is,” game creator and TV show co-creator Neil Druckmann chimed in at the press event. It’s true: the king of horror himself got in on the criticism, tweeting, “THE LAST OF US. Episode 3: Do you really want to tell me that’s 10 miles west of Boston?” Still, as Druckmann indicates, it’s exciting that “The Last Of Us” reached watercooler status to the point that even King was tweeting about its most-talked-about episode.

While season 2 of “The Last Of Us” will aim to look a little less Canadian, Mazin seems to harbor no hard feelings for the snowy northern expanse that gave the show its distinctive look. “That said: Awesome place to shoot,” he concluded. “I loved it. I loved being there.” 

Throughout the season, Mazin and Druckmann have spoken frankly about some of the shooting challenges associated with the sprawling production, including when a Calgary mall they’d planned to use in episode 7 turned out to be a lot punier than expected. Other crew members have also spoken about the unique challenges of the shoot, with cinematographer Eben Bolter telling /Film that the team had to design an all-new lighting rig in order to shoot episode 5’s climax during periods of high winds in Calgary.

Canadian or not, “The Last of Us” season 2 will certainly have its on-set challenges. Like the first game, “The Last Of Us: Part II” takes place in more than one place, with plenty of action set in Wyoming and Washington state. There’s no word yet on when the second season of “The Last Of Us” will hit HBO, but with filming yet to take place, fans may be waiting awhile to return to apocalypse-stricken Canad–er, America.