“The Last of Us” Will Return: HBO Confirms Season 2 Renewal


| LAST UPDATE 02/02/2023

By Dylan Henson
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HBO had fans hyped when they announced their renewal of the highly praised series, The Last Of Us, for a second season! Though it may have seemed to occur overnight, HBO actually responded quicker than an outbreak of the deadly cordyceps fungus - which we see in full effect within the show. Season 2 is set to bring even more drama, action and heart-wrenching storylines as we catch up with our favorite characters and some exciting new faces. We can't wait to join Naughty Dog on this journey - and be there right when it's released later this year.

HBO certainly knew what they were doing when they adapted the popular video game, The Last of Us - jumping on the opportunity to order a second season before the first one has even ended! Adapting popular video games into TV series has been a trend in recent times, and HBO is no doubt banking on the success - having already seen incredible early reviews from viewers after just 3 episodes. It's wild to think about what will happen next with this thrilling show that brings a new level of suspense and emotion to this beloved game story. There's no doubt we are awaiting more episodes asap!

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The episode two premiere last week saw an unprecedented 22% jump from its already record-breaking week one - resulting in 5.7 million viewers across U.S.-based platforms, making it the largest ever for any HBO show's second installment! Industry leaders are overjoyed at the success of retelling Joel and Ellie's journey with HBO. Executive Producer Neil Druckmann, who was also behind it as a writer and creative director, is humbled by the overwhelming engagement from fans across the world. Craig Mazin collaborated alongside Naughty Dog & PlayStation to make this tremendous accomplishment possible - now they will be able do so again in season two! A heartfelt thank you has been issued by all involved for tuning into their beloved story once more.

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Even more impressive is that after only 7 days since release, initial reports indicate that over a whopping 20 million people have watched the debut episode domestically - presenting incredible potential to pave new ground with further research into mental health disorders, including Joel's. Stay tuned for more details.

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