It’s official: HBO’s hit series “The Last of Us” will return for a second season, according to a tweet from the network on Friday.
The apocalyptic drama, which stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, has already proven to be a success, receiving a staggering 97% positive reviews among critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
The show’s audience also continues to grow, with the second episode drawing in 5.7 million viewers last Sunday, a 22% increase from the first episode’s 4.7 million viewers. This number has since grown to 22 million with repeated screenings.
Executive producer Neil Druckmann expressed his gratitude for the show’s success, saying, “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.”
He also praised the collaboration with fellow executive producer Craig Mazin, the cast, and crew, as well as HBO.
The series is also noted for its significant impact on the economy of the province of Alberta, where it was filmed and spent over $100 million on production, providing jobs for hundreds of people.
Although there’s no official word yet on what to expect from the upcoming season, showrunners Druckmann and Mazin have hinted that the show will continue to follow the storyline of the critically acclaimed video game, “The Last of Us Part II.”
Fans can expect more intense and thrilling action as the story of Joel and Ellie unfolds.