Probably the least shocking news of the year so far but HBO has renewed The Last of Us for a second season, the news comes off the heels of the series becoming the second biggest debut on the network since 2010 which has climbed to over 22 million viewers across all platforms since its January 15th premiere date, according to Variety.
“I’m humbled, honoured, 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,” “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!” The Last of Us game director/writer and series executive producer, Neil Druckmann, said in a statement.
“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. 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,” series executive producer and showrunner, Craig Mazin said in a statement.
The journey continues. #TheLastOfUs will return for another season on @HBOMax. pic.twitter.com/FQNG6vhk1d
— The Last of Us (@TheLastofUsHBO) January 27, 2023
We are just near the premiere of The Last of Us’ third episode so official word on what a second season could entail as we haven’t seen how HBO is ending the first season. So assuming the show is adapting the first game in one season of nine episodes then the second season adapting The Last of Us Part II isn’t that crazy. Heck, even showrunners Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin dived into the idea during The Hollywood Reporter‘s recent cover story with Mazin adding he doesn’t “like filler” at least hinting that a second season wouldn’t take its time getting to the narrative of Part II but this is all speculation at this point.
The Last of Us is a weekly ongoing series, its third episode is set to premiere this Sunday with the season 1 finale scheduled later for March 12th.