THE LAST OF US Scores Season 2 Renewal As First Episode Passes 22 Million Viewers

THE LAST OF US Scores Season 2 Renewal As First Episode Passes 22 Million Viewers THE LAST OF US Scores Season 2 Renewal As First Episode Passes 22 Million Viewers

Before the third episode airs this coming Sunday, HBO has officially announced that its Naughty Dog video game adaptation, The Last of Us, has been renewed for a second season...

By MarkCassidy - Jan 27, 2023 03:01 PM EST
Filed Under: Last of Us
Source: Via GameFragger.com

Though this shouldn't come as much of a surprise given the critical reception and overall popularity of the first two episodes, HBO (via GameFragger.com) has officially announced that its survival horror video game adaptation, The Last of Us, has been renewed for a second season.

The series premiere has now surpassed 22 million viewers domestically, while Sunday's second episode tallied 5.7 million viewers across HBO Max and linear telecasts.

“I’m humbled, honored, and frankly overwhelmed that so many people have tuned in and connected with our retelling of Joel and Ellie’s journey,” said executive producer Neil Druckmann. “The collaboration with Craig Mazin, our incredible cast and crew, and HBO exceeded my already high expectations. Now we have the absolute pleasure of being able to do it again with season two!”

“I’m so grateful to Neil Druckmann and HBO for our partnership, and I’m even more grateful to the millions of people who have joined us on this journey,” added Craig Mazin. “The audience has given us the chance to continue, and as a fan of the characters and world Neil and Naughty Dog created, I couldn’t be more ready to dive back in.”

The first season follows the plot of the game very closely (you can check out our review here), and showrunners Druckmann and Mazin recently indicated that a second season would also be as faithful as possible to The Last of Us Part II.

If you've played the game, you'll know that could result in a certain amount of backlash!

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.

Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and the game's creator Neil Druckmann are writing and executive producing the show. The first season will adapt the events of the original game, but is also expected to include elements of the sequel. Druckmann recently confirmed that the series will take some liberties with the story.

Have you guys been enjoying The Last of Us so far? Drop us a comment down below.

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Colton
Colton - 1/27/2023, 3:12 PM
That's how you do a good show based off of a different medium.
TheHumanSpider2
TheHumanSpider2 - 1/27/2023, 3:18 PM
People are already freaking out for Abby, they are not losing Pedro on season 2, I think season 2 will be all original content, and season 3 might adapt the second game.

Unless they get a big name actress for Abby (like it or not, she is the main character of the second game), but I dont know which big name actress would be open to go under such a physical transformation, and despite me still thinking that body doesnt make sense in a post-apocalyptic world, that is a big part of the character, Abby has to be burly.

(and the first person who says "Ronda Rousey", I'm hunting you down with a golf club)
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 1/27/2023, 3:20 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - we know from the flashbacks there is still quite a bit of story to tell between Ellie & Joel's return to Jackson and Joel's death.

Wouldn't actually mind a season with an original story.
GhostDog
GhostDog - 1/27/2023, 3:26 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - yea there is a lot of story they can tell before Abby
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 1/27/2023, 4:11 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - Showrunners already confirmed if they did a season 2, it only cover part 2, no more.
TheHumanSpider2
TheHumanSpider2 - 1/27/2023, 5:12 PM
@PlusUltra - That would be dumb.
Reeds2Much
Reeds2Much - 1/27/2023, 5:30 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - Ronda Rousey.
bobevanz
bobevanz - 1/27/2023, 10:58 PM
@Reeds2Much - way too old
Th3Batman
Th3Batman - 1/28/2023, 12:41 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - I can definitely see season 2 being a bridge between the story of the first and second game. For one, it gives them the chance to properly establish Abby and her group, as well as dive into the breakdown of Joel and Ellie's relationship. Also, gives Naughty Dog more time to get the 3rd game out.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 1/27/2023, 3:19 PM
No surprise there, with the show being as good as it is.

I do wonder how they'll adapt the second season though. The switching sides worked in the game for me, but I doubt it'll work in a show. Much rather see it told in order.

Could always use the various flashbacks as cold opens to episodes though.
Kurban
Kurban - 1/27/2023, 3:21 PM
:/
GhostDog
GhostDog - 1/27/2023, 3:25 PM


DocSpock
DocSpock - 1/27/2023, 3:29 PM


I never played the game before. Gonna buy it for the PC later today.

I wish people would stop throwing spoilers around though.

Himura
Himura - 1/27/2023, 4:03 PM
@DocSpock - It's currently going for $45 over at CDKeys
McMurdo
McMurdo - 1/27/2023, 4:56 PM
@DocSpock - get off direct comments sections for the show and get off twitter
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