It’s just been revealed that The Last Of Us Season 2 has been given the greenlight over at HBO, which is very good news for fans of the show. The show has already been doing really well on HBO, and it seems as though they are putting quite a bit of weight behind it moving forward.
This comes after the show’s debut episode was watched by over 22 million viewers in the United States, and it quickly ended up becoming the biggest thing people were talking about on social media.
There had been rumours that the second season had been given the greenlight by HBO, and these rumblings became louder when star Bella Ramsey said a renewal was likely if viewership remained high.
Well, The Last Of Us Episode 2 ended up pulling in 22% more viewers on its opening night than Episode 1. This marked the largest week-two audience growth for any HBO original drama ever.
It seems as though this was enough to convince HBO to greenlight the second season, and I’m sure everyone involved in the show will be very happy to hear this news.
The Last Of Us Season 2 has been renewed by HBO
Executive Producer and Naughty Dog co-President Neil Druckmann had this to say about the show’s renewal (via IGN):
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. The collaboration with Craig Mazin, our incredible cast and crew, and HBO exceeded my already high expectations. Now we have the absolute pleasure of being able to do it again with Season 2! On behalf of everyone at Naughty Dog and PlayStation, thank you.
Fellow executive producer Craig Mazin added:
I’m so grateful to Neil Druckmann and HBO for our partnership, and I’m even more grateful to the millions of people who have joined us on this journey. The audience has given us the chance to continue, and as a fan of the characters and world Neil and Naughty Dog created, I couldn’t be more ready to dive back in.
When will the third episode be released on HBO?
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If you’re interested in watching The Last Of Us’ first episode, you can check it out over on YouTube. The first episode of the show was uploaded to YouTube for free ahead of the Season 2 announcement as HBO looks to draw in even more viewers to its adaptation.
While the show has remained largely faithful to the original PlayStation game, it’s also not been afraid to shake things up, and fans can see how the story of Joel and Ellie continues (alongside Nick Offerman’s Bill) in Episode 3 when it’s released this weekend, on January 29th.
What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to seeing the show’s second season when it’s eventually released on HBO? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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