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.