HBO has today announced it has renewed its TV adaptation of The Last of Us for a second season. After an overwhelmingly positive reception from both critics and fans — which has seen it become one of the most popular TV shows out right now — the company will now create another series of episodes. Presumably, it'll focus on The Last of Us: Part II, giving HBO the chance to bring new characters to life like Abby, Dina, and Owen.
Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann said: "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. 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 third of nine episodes from the first season of The Last of Us is set to air this coming Sunday, with many critics claiming it to be the best of the bunch. The first episode pulled in 4.7 million viewers, making it HBO's second biggest debut in 13 years, only falling short of House of the Dragon's huge 9.986 million viewership total. The second episode then pulled in another million viewers, taking it to 5.7 million.
Given this level of success for the show and the recent boom in sales for the series I'd love to see a PS5 version of Part 2
Expected but still pretty big news. What a huge success this has been!
Very expected. I think that with the show version of Part 2, they might be able to help reframe some of the story telling where Abby is received better. I never had an issue with her motivations. And understood them and personally love Part 2. But I think there are ways they could reframe the storytelling to make her motivations clearer, so the audience isn't so onboard with Ellie's revenge plot, they can't accept Abby's story half later.
Good luck telling season 2.. 🍿
I don’t think they’ll kill Joel off. I think they’ll find another way to tell Part II’s story.
Easiest decision HBO has made in a while
When they announced the show, it was like "do I really want a TLOU show?". After two eps, the answer is YES. I'm all in.
I think adapting to tv might actually smooth out a lot of the rough edges Part II had for me, mostly around pacing and underdeveloped characters that resulted in a tonal and thematic mess at times. Congrats to the team!
Has the series even properly begun yet???
There's a fair few years between part 1 and part 2 thats ripe for exploring. I'd like to see them expand on the franchise with something original without racing straight into the second games story
@Bentleyma don’t be mental! Neil Druckman turned down $30 million and insisted on being a head director so the story wouldn’t be altered. It will follow the game 💯!!!
Get your golf clubs ready!!
If it’s based on part II can that be told in one season? Nine or even ten episodes I’d question being enough to tell that story. I’ve enjoyed Bella’s portrayal of Ellie, but she needs to ‘grow up’. Ellie is a few years older in part II. And Ellie goes to a ‘dark place’ in part II. I’d bet Bella would be up for that challenge!
No suprise as they hit a hole in one with the 1st season.
Will Bella Ramsey not need to like age 5 years very quickly?
It will be very interesting to see how the new fans feel about season 2 if it's as faithful to Part II as season 1 is to Part I.
My biggest hope would just be they flesh out the side characters a bit more Part II introduced. None of them really made an impression like Part I's support characters. Tess, Bill, Henry and Sam, Marlene... all stuck out more than anyone from Part II. Abby was actually the only new character I liked in the game funnily enough.
If they can make the support cast more likable I could see season 2 being just as great as season 1.
Having just finished playing TLoU2 a week or so ago, think I'll be skipping season 2. Not b/c of any one character's death, and not b/c of any personal relationships, I just wasn't feeling it.
They will need to intercut the Abby and Ellie storylines though, nobody is going to watch 3 eps of Ellie then 3 eps of Abby and care about Abby. TV just doesn't work that way, I've watched a lot. I just don't see it working on a TV audience w/o a lot of rewriting and pacing. And even then, not sure I care.
I'll wait for the reviews after it's over and decide then I guess, maybe I'll binge it over a weekend just b/c. 🤷♂️
It'll be interesting for sure.
Stick close to the story and I can't see it going down well, plus the pacing issues.
Changing it up would be seen as Druckman admitting part 2 was a bit wrong.
@MatthewJP wrong for TV, but not wrong for gaming. You don’t kill off your lead early in a TV show. But games have done this since forever.
Count me out of that one lol
I think they'll cast Ronda rousey as abbey
Edit* actually she's too old to play her never mind
The Last of Us Part 3 will be everyone waking up from a dream to retcon Part 2.
aka Dallas and the revival of Bobby Ewing for the older viewers here.
To be expected, but they are gonna need to replace Bella as Ellie in season 2, he doesn't have the mature broken look like Ellie has, belle is to soft round the edges, or she hits up some mma fights in the next year 😱 I don't think season 2 will hit the mark like S1
No surprise. Let’s get Abby’s big guns into action!
@AhmadSumadi “You don’t kill off your lead early in a TV show. But games have done this since forever.”
Game of Thrones and GRR Martin beg to differ. 😄
@nessisonett I don't know if they do any make up to make her look younger in the show, but she's already the age Ellie is in Part II. The only ''issue'' is that she may not appear to have aged a lot in 5 years. I think that's where her acting skills will show if she can pull that off.
@AhmadSumadi GoT killed off its main lead before its 1st season had finished. Joel has to die for Part 2 to be adapted as his death is vital for the plot to happen.
@meistergeister Bella's 19 roughly the same age as Ellie in Part 2. That said Part 2 is too big for a 9 episode season so i can see them telling it in 2 seasons.
@Octane She doesn’t seem to have aged since Game of Thrones so perhaps she’s just baby faced!
@nessisonett she still looks like she's about 10 tbh so I reckon more!
@Logonogo I have no doubt that a ps5 version of part 2 is coming prob by end of the year. Or next year in line with part 1s remaster.
I believe they have already got a patch for it but are holding off due to the tv series.
Now my dilemma is, do I play part 2 now as I've just finished my 6th play through of the first game or wait.
But im glad it's renewed. But I'd like season 2 to just calm down and invest more in the characters.
I do feel like the first 2 episodes have rushed through the story, id of liked to get to know the characters more. Joel is non existent at the moment in the show and tess in the show was the best thing about it but I'd of liked to see more of her because her death wasn't that impactful to be honest.
@PlayStationGamer3919 why would they do that? Part 2 is amazing
@Bez87 it’s only a 9 episode series. There’s lots to go yet. I disagree with you totally.
@PlayStationGamer3919 the story is far better than the first part.
I'm on Team Abby baby.
I mentioned this before, I want them to cut to her in the last scene of the season 1 finale watching her dead father and the very last shot to be slowly zooming into her face staring into the camera and she expresses intense feelings of sadness that slowly turn to intense anger. And then cut to black.
@jmac1686 Abby was a psychopath. No audience is going to sympathize with her.
@Bentleyma @WallyWest Wow I’m so glad I finished Part II recently or I’d of been fuming of that spoiler. I know the game has been out for over 2 years but they’ll be people out there who still haven’t played Part II yet and that spoiler is probably the most significant one to give away.
But yeah if season 2 faithfully follows Part II’s story then let’s just say Pedro Pascal would be making more of a cameo rather than being a lead.
@Boucho11 Part 2 is amazing only if you aren't a parent or never been around a child and consider saving a child's life as an immoral act. I have a three year old named Ellie and I would have acted exactly like Joel did. The fact that so many people don't have a problem with part 2 makes me worries that we have raised a generation of emotionally stunted sociopaths that only see the world in black and white.
@Grimwood i said Abby NOT Ellie, but you're right Ellie was turned into a psychopath too. Just another reason to hate a game that wasn't needed and only ruined the integrity of the original.
But let's be honest, Naughty Dog had a lot of nerve creating a game that forced you to kill hundreds of NPCs and then tried to moralize about the cycle of violence.
@Ambassador_Kong last of us 2 is one of the most morally challenging games out there, it definitely isn't black and white.
@Logonogo with a free PS5 upgrade. I bought TLOU 2 during the holiday sale and finally gonna start after the show hyping me up to play.
Craig Mazing said that Part II is much bigger and could take 2 seasons instead. The game is also much longer than Part I. But... I feel like it is a much shorter story, even suitable for movie. Part I takes place during a whole year + Left Behind, while Part II without the epilogue and prologue takes only 3 days. Most of what happens in between is just action. I love both games equally, but I am surprised that it could take 2 seasons. Well... The more the better right?
Entirely to be expected, and good news at that.
I mentioned elsewhere that my hope is that they will come up with entirely new stories featuring both main protagonists, and they can do so without upsetting the purists if the stories are set in the (I think) 5 years that has elapsed between the first and second games. They can then go on to make the final series reflect events of the second game (or third, if there is one by then), thus sticking to the vision of the game developers, and keeping the purists happy too, though given the polarising nature of the second game, the TV series may choose to steer clear of that game, which I personally would think to be a shame.
I haven't watched the series as yet. I cannot be done with waiting a week between each episode as the wait kills me. I'll watch the entire first season when the last episode airs, and likely watch all the episodes in a single day too. Really looking forward to it.
I'd much prefer if season 2 bridged the gap between.
"So, what now?" To the start of the second game.
@Boucho11 how so?? If we didn't already have a connection because we knew the outcome would you feel differently?
The first episode is fantastic and you got to know Sarah alot more but I'd of liked to of seen more bonding between her and Joel to feel more connection I think, im going off my Mrs reaction to watching it, aswel who's never played the games or seen the games.
Tess in the game you got to see her in action and when it all goes down she's a badass and feel for her as she ain't turning like that. But in the show because of how short a time it is to cram everything into the 9 episodes, I just dont feel the beats are hitting the same.
I'm enjoying it dont get me wrong, I'm actually saying I'd of rather it be a longer season to flush out the characters.
Let's say episode 1 was just about Joel, Tommy, Sarah and at the end we are hit with the outbreak and then it moves on 20 years.
Then Episode 2
About Joel and Tess together seeing there actual struggles and at the end of the episode finally being assigned Ellie.
The Journey, which ends with tess holding them off and finishes with them reaching the outskirts of bills town.
Episode 4 being about Bill and Frank.
Then the Journey continues with Joel and Ellie.
Thats my take.
I wondered why they did that. The moralizing aspect.
Because Spec Ops: The Line did it better and it was from a decade earlier.
That’s a really misunderstood game. When I played it back in the day I didn’t really get what they were going for. Played it again four years after release. Then it all made sense.
The game had its problems, but when it comes to “meta commentary” about gamers and gaming culture the game is the only one that has truly got it right.
While they didn’t stick the landing, that’s sort of what they were going for. The tragedy of revenge. And the consequences of the fight between the many and the few (in regards to Joel’s choice.)
Happy news to hear! I just hope they re-release the 2nd game on PS5 before Season 2 airs though.
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