The Last of Us made quite a splash since premiering at HBO, shattering viewership records and wowing the critics in its wake. Less than two weeks after its premiere, HBO announced they’re bringing this acclaimed post-apocalyptic series back for its second season.
Based on Naughty Dog’s best-selling video game, The Last of Us follows the journey of hardened survivor Joel (Pedro Pascal), as he tries to smuggle a 14-year-old girl Ellie (Bella Ramsey) out of a quarantine zone in the wake of a global pandemic.
The Last of Us premiered on HBO on January 15, and scored its second-biggest debut in over a decade, behind House of the Dragon. The show’s supporting cast includes Gabriel Luna, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Melanie Lynskey, and Storm Reid.
Francesca Orsi, EVP of HBO Programming, announced the show’s renewal in an official statement and said that she can’t wait to watch The Last of Us team outshine themselves again with Season 2.
Craig Mazin, who co-created the series with Neil Druckmann, credited millions of people who have joined them on this journey for its success and thanked them for giving them a chance to continue. Druckmann echoed his words, saying he’s “frankly overwhelmed that so many people have tuned in and connected with our retelling of Joel and Ellie’s journey.”