"Endure and survive."
The first season of The Last of Us concluded last Sunday with a powerful finale, but the critically-acclaimed series has already been renewed for more episodes, and co-creator Neil Druckmann has now shared what appears to be some early promo art for the second season.
If you've played The Last of Us Part II, you'll know that this artwork is teasing the introduction of Abby Anderson, a somewhat controversial character who winds up becoming the game's secondary protagonist (or its primary antagonist, depending on your perspective).
Spoilers for the games and (potentially) the second season of the show follow.
Abby is an imposing, formidable member of the WLF (Washington Liberation Front), who is obsessed with tracking down Joel for killing her father (the doctor that was preparing to operate on Ellie in the season finale).
Season 2 hasn't been given an official premiere date, but Ellie actress Bella Ramsey did give us a rough idea of when to expect more episodes while speaking to Jonathan Ross on his show (via the Independent UK).
“It will be a while," the Game of Thrones alum confirmed. "I think we’ll probably shoot at the end of this year, beginning of next. So it’ll probably be the end of 2024, early 2025.”
Check out the poster, which is inspired by a key moment from the second game, below.
The Last of Us is set 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed and centers on the relationship between Joel, a smuggler in this new world, and Ellie, a teenager who may be key to a cure for a deadly pandemic. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle the 14-year-old girl out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey as they traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.