Media outlets are reporting that HBO have renewed the series adaptation of the popular video game franchise The Last Of Us for a second season.
The Last Of Us is set twenty years after modern civilisation has been destroyed by a sickness that renders victims dangerous, blood-thirsty mutants. Hardened survivor Joel is hired to smuggle Ellie, a fourteen-year-old girl out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, breathtaking journey as the unlikely duo depends on each other for survival.
Neil Druckmann, who is the executive producer of the series and is also the writer and creative director of the video game, released a statement saying:
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 & 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!.
Craig Mazin, executive producer and showrunner of the series, also released a statement saying:
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.
The series stars Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, Nico Parker, Jeffrey Pierce, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Anna Torv, Storm Reid, Lamar Johnson, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Keivonn Woodard, Melanie Lynskey, Rutina Wesley, Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson and Brad Leland.