HBO's post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama, THE LAST OF US has been officially renewed for a second season just after two episodes. The series from co-creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann marks HBO’s second-largest debut, behind only “House of the Dragon.” Episode 1 has now surpassed 22 million viewers domestically, up nearly 5x from its debut night audience.
The second episode of THE LAST OF US tallied 5.7 million viewers across HBO Max and linear telecasts in the U.S. Sunday night, based on Nielsen and first-party data, adding more than 1 million new viewers vs. the series premiere. This 22% jump marks the largest week-two audience growth for any HBO Original Drama Series in the history of this premium cable network.
THE LAST OF US is also a big hit on social media, with the series trending at #1 both in the U.S. and worldwide on Twitter during its series debut. To date, season one teasers and trailers have amassed more than 100 million views globally. The series has received critical acclaim along with being declared the best video game adaptation in the live-action category. We are reviewing each episode every week, and you can read them @ The Last of Us Coverage.
“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,’” said Francesca Orsi, Executive VP, HBO Programming, Head of HBO Drama Series and Films. “After pulling off this unforgettable first season, I can't wait to watch this team outshine themselves again with season two.”
“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,” said executive producer Neil Druckmann. “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!”
“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,” said executive producer Craig Mazin. “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 LAST OF US takes place twenty years after modern society has been destroyed and is based on Naughty Dog's highly acclaimed video game "The Last of Us," which was developed exclusively for Sony's PlayStation® platforms. The series follows Joel, a seasoned survivor, who is paid to transport 14-year-old Ellie out of a restrictive quarantine zone. What begins as a little job quickly turns into a terrible, devastating trip as they both must travel across the United States and rely on each other for survival.
Season one stars Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie, Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Anna Torv as Tess, Nico Parker as Sarah, Murray Bartlett as Frank, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Nick Offerman as Bill, Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen, Storm Reid as Riley, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Lamar Johnson as Henry, Keivonn Woodard as Sam, Graham Greene as Marlon, and Elaine Miles as Florence. Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker also star. “The Last of Us” series is created by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, who are also executive producers alongside Carolyn Strauss, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash, and Carter Swan. PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, Sony Pictures, and Naughty Dog are the producers of the series. The HBO series has a big budget of $10 Million per episode, resulting in an enormous $90 million for the first season, which has nine episodes.
New episodes of the series will be released every Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and are available to stream on HBO Max, leading up to the finale on March 12. Starting today, the first episode of The Last of Us will be made available for free on HBOMax.com.
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