HBO has officially confirmed its adaptation of The Last of Us will get a second season, thanks to the booming popularity of the show, and rave reviews from critics. The news followed the airing of the show’s second episode, which spotlighted the struggle between survivors Joel and Tess, and revelations around Ellie’s immunity to the deadly fungus plaguing America.
‘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,’ executive producer Neil Druckmann said of the announcement. Druckmann is also the writer and creative director of the original video game, and is co-president of its development studio, Naughty Dog.
‘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!’
An early season two renewal makes sense, given the enthusiasm for the show – but it’s currently unclear how writers will proceed. The first season of the HBO adaptation charts the events of the entire first video game, adding in new context and pitstops along the way, but largely following the original plot closely.
While The Last of Us Part 2 continues the story of Ellie and Joel, there’s a significant time jump between these chapters. In Part 2, Ellie is much older and more mature, as is her story. Should HBO leap directly into this plot for its next season, producers will need to contend with Bella Ramsey’s younger age, consider a longer wait between seasons, or even think about recasting Ellie, to better depict the passing of time.
It’s also possible HBO could tackle a ‘filler’ season, with brand new stories and plots designed to stretch out Ellie and Joel’s tale until the events of Part 2 arrive naturally.
Whatever the case, it’s clear there’s an appetite for more of The Last of Us – in whatever form it takes. Recently, it was reported that viewership between the first and second episodes of the show jumped 22%, likely thanks to word-of-mouth, and positive reception between episode releases.
For further analysis and reading on the HBO adaptation of The Last of Us, you can check out the following articles:
- A spoiler-free review of the entire first season of The Last of Us HBO TV series
- The Last of Us HBO TV series: Cast and Character Guide
- The Last of Us interview: Henry and Perry actors examine their work
Episode recaps and analysis:
- The Last of Us – Episode 1 Recap – ‘When You’re Lost in the Darkness’
- The Last of Us – Episode 2 Recap – ‘Infected’
- The Last of Us – Episode 3 Recap – ‘Long, Long Time’
- The Last of Us – Episode 4 Recap – ‘Please Hold to My Hand’
- The Last of Us – Episode 5 Recap – ‘Endure and Survive’
- The Last of Us – Episode 6 Recap – ‘Kin’
Behind-the-scenes podcast recaps:
- HBO’s The Last of Us Podcast – Episode 1 Recap – ‘When You’re Lost in the Darkness’
- HBO’s The Last of Us Podcast – Episode 2 Recap – ‘Infected’
- HBO’s The Last of Us Podcast – Episode 3 Recap – ‘Long, Long Time’
- HBO’s The Last of Us Podcast – Episode 4 Recap – ‘Please Hold to My Hand’