Ellie and Joel will return for season 2 of HBO’s hit new series The Last of Us.
The series based on the beloved video game has been met with critical acclaim, being called the best video game adaptation of all time. With one of the greatest stories ever told as its starting point, it’s no surprise that it’s resonating with viewers around the globe.
The Last of Us tells the tale of Joel Miller, a hardened survivor 20 years after the fall of civilization at the hands of a deadly fungal infection that turns its victims into fungus-controlled puppets, concerned with nothing more than spreading the infection to every living host. He’s tasked with taking Ellie Williams, a 14-year-old girl who’s immune to the Cordyceps infection, across the country as the militia group the Fireflies search for a cure for humanity.
However, the second season will be based on the second game, The Last of Us Part II, which was met mixed reviews from players when it released in 2020. In fact, some vehemently hate the story. It will be interesting to see how the polarized reception of Part II translates to the success of a second season of the series.
Season 1 stars Pedro Pascal as Joel Miller, Bella Ramsey as Ellie, Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Anna Torv as Tess, Nico Parker as Sarah, Murray Bartlett as Frank, Nick Offerman as Bill, Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen, Storm Reid as Riley, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Lamar Johnson as Henry, Keivonn Woodard as Sam, Graham Greene as Marlon, and Elaine Miles as Florence. The original voice actors of Joel and Ellie, Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, both have small roles, with Baker joining David’s dastardly winter crew and Johnson as Ellie’s mother, Anna.
“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!”
The Last of Us airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.