There’s plenty of fungus to go around, right? Unsurprisingly, given its glowing reception, The Last of Us has been renewed for a second season at HBO. The adaptation had the network’s second-largest debut, trailing only The House of the Dragon.
Only two episodes of the first season have aired so far, but the second had even more viewers than the first. The Last of Us is based on the hugely popular PlayStation game, and follows the unlikely pair of hardened-by-loss Joel (Pedro Pascal) and young, feisty Ellie (Bella Ramsey) as they make their way across a United States that’s drastically changed in the wake of a terrible fungal plague.
In an interview earlier this month, showrunner Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and game creator/executive producer Neil Druckmann seemed to be already hinting that a second season was in the works. The Hollywood Reporter wrote:
Druckmann and Mazin hint — but don’t outright say — that their second season will cover the table-flipping narrative of Naughty Dog’s bold Part II sequel (“I don’t like filler,” Mazin says). Part II cannot be described without spoilers, but it caused such an uproar that Druckmann received death threats.
Druckmann also told THR, “We have no plans to tell any stories beyond adapting the games.” But he didn’t say whether a third game is coming.
The Last of Us airs Sundays on HBO.