“The Last of Us” Renewed for Season 2 After Scoring Second-Largest HBO Debut Since 2010

Pedro Pascal in
Pedro Pascal in "The Last of Us"

It was clear that HBO has another hit on its hands as soon as The Last of Us premiered and we didn’t have to wait long for its renewal. Just two episodes into the first season, HBO announced we’ll be getting Season 2 of the acclaimed video game-based series.

The Last of Us was created for HBO by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, drawing inspiration from Naughty Dog’s hit video game of the same name. The post-apocalyptic series centers on a hardened survivor Joel, tasked with escorting a teenage girl Ellie out of a quarantine zone and across the United States.

The series is led by Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, with Gabriel Luna, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Melanie Lynskey, and Storm Reid in supporting roles. The pilot episode was met with rave reviews, and scored the second-largest debut on HBO since 2010, behind House of the Dragon.

Francesca Orsi, EVP of HBO Programming, confirmed the show’s renewal in an official statement and praised the creative team behind it for bringing it to life.

“Craig and Neil, alongside EP Carolyn Strauss, and the rest of our phenomenal cast and crew, have defined a genre with their masterful debut season of The Last of Us. After pulling off this unforgettable first season, I can’t wait to watch this team outshine themselves again with Season 2,” said Orsi.