‘The Last of Us’ Is Returning for Season 2—Here’s Everything We Know

Don't let the Clickers hear you scream about this exciting news: The Last of Us is returning for season 2.

After the season 1 finale, fans have countless questions about what happens next. Luckily, the second installment is on its way. Here’s everything we know about The Last of Us season 2 on HBO Max.

1. Is The Last of Us Returning for Season 2?

After only the first two episodes dropped, HBO officially renewed the series earlier this year. The network debuted a press release that proudly declared: “HBO drama The Last of Us has been renewed for a second season...[The series] 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 premiere night audience.”

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2. What Is The Last of Us About?

In case you're not one of the millions who have tuned in, The Last of Us tells the story of Joel, a smuggler who is tasked with escorting a 14-year-old girl named Ellie across a desolate United States after a fungal infection spreads across the Earth and turns humans into killer zombies.

Based on a popular 2013 video game of the same name, the show boasts stunning visuals, a talented cast and plenty of surprises along the way, so it's no wonder HBO has already given the green light for a second season.

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3. Who’s in The Last of Us Cast?

The first season revolved around Pedro Pascal (Joel) and Bella Ramsey (Ellie). Other cast members included Anna Torv (Tess), Nick Offerman (Bill), Gabriel Luna (Tommy), Nico Parker (Sarah) and Storm Reid (Riley). HBO Max hasn’t released any details about who will return for season 2.

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4. Why Is The Last of Us So Popular?

Well, there’s nothing else like it. And the story line is oddly chilling as we recover from a global pandemic. According to HBO Max, the show broke history for the biggest audience growth following the premiere.

“Episode 2 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,” HBO said in a statement. “This 22% jump marks the largest week two audience growth for any HBO Original Drama Series in the history of the network.”

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5. Is There a Trailer for The Last of Us Season 2?

Not yet. But now that season one has officially wrapped, there’s a good chance HBO Max will begin production soon (if it hasn’t already).

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