The video game-based drama will return for Season 2.
January 27, 2023
HBO announced today that The Last of Us has been renewed for a second season. The good news comes just two episodes into the drama's freshman run, which is off to a strong start.
The series marks the network's second largest debut ever, behind only 'House of the Dragon.' Its first episode has already surpassed 22 million viewers, which is five times larger than its premiere night audience. Episode 2 garnered 5.7 million viewers across its linear broadcast and HBO Max on Sunday night, adding over one million viewers compared to premiere night.
"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. The collaboration with Craig Mazin, our incredible cast & crew, and HBO exceeded my already high expectations," said executive producer Neil Druckmann. "Now we have the absolute pleasure of being able to do it again with season two! On behalf of everyone at Naughty Dog & PlayStation, thank you!"
Set two decades after modern civilization has collapsed, The Last of Us follows a hardened survivor named Joel, who is hired to smuggle a 14-year-old girl out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What was intended as a small job soon becomes a brutal and heartbreaking journey as the two traverse the United States and depend on each other for survival.
01/31/23 at 02:46am
@Pat : I did not mind Halo in terms of the story, ad the acting and the plot and what not, but given how action-heavy the games are (I watch game reviews more than I play them), it was a bit of a let down. My main issue with Halo though, is the special effects. Everything looks fake, the skies look fake. Just my 2 cents.
01/31/23 at 02:43am
As a non-gamer, I like the 3 episodes I have seen so far. I would have maybe liked the pace to be faster a little bit, but other than that it is a well made, well executed series. The trolls are already at work because of whom they cast as Ellie, but after episode 3, they are gonna go into overdrive. Don't see any of the usual suspects here so far, so that's good, but expect them soon I guess.
Also, I wonder how many seasons they have planned given that there are only 2 games out so far and the creators have said that they are not going to go beyond the story told in the games. I hope it is one game per season, because if they stretch it out to 3, its gonna be excruciatingly slow in terms of pace.
01/28/23 at 01:32pm
Good. I'm a huge fan of the games and think they are doing a fantastic job adapting it to a show. It is true to the game through most major plot points but expands and explains the worldbuilding beyond what I'm already familiar with so it never feels like I'm just watching someone else play through the game. TLOU2 is such a massive game though I wonder if they will be able to fit the entire narrative into 1 season of a show or if they will need to break it into a couple pieces? If they play their cards right I could see them releasing the next game in conjunction with a future season of the show so even those of us intimately familiar with the games would get a new narrative.
01/28/23 at 09:13am
We watched this the day after it aired on HBOMAX, after we finished the episode I told the wife this will get renewed in a couple of weeks.
This was the best opening for a series we’ve seen in a while.
Never heard of the game, but I’m not a gamer so why would I.
You definitely don’t have to be to enjoy this series.
Looking forward to what’s to come and to season 2.
01/28/23 at 06:03am
Halo was great, you just have to watch it as a sci-fi series and put your expectations of religiously repeating game elements aside.
01/27/23 at 04:49pm
Incredible show. Unlike halo which was awful...
01/27/23 at 03:41pm
Finally the correct decision on some good TV. You don't have to play the game, to like this show.
01/27/23 at 02:18pm
Amazing news. The first two episodes have been even better than the game, and all the reviews said it only gets better from there. That said, as much as I do love the second game, I hope the second season of the show doesn’t directly follow the plot. Or at least we get some original content to fill out another season, and then have season 3 cover the second game.
01/27/23 at 11:53am
Awesome News! Really enjoying it so far and agree with Zoe that it fills the void left behind from TWD.
01/27/23 at 11:30am
No brainer! Only two episodes in and already my favorite show.
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