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The followers of

The Last of Us

can breathe easy: there will be a second season after the agreement reached between HBO Max and the creators of the series.

As the platform has announced,

The Last of Us

has been renewed for another season, for now.

And is not for less.

The series from co-creators Craig Mazin (Emmy winner for


) and Neil Druckmann (co-chairman of Naughty Dog) has been the second-biggest HBO Max debut behind only

House of the Dragon

, after a full week available on the platform.

Episode 1 now has nearly

21 million

domestic viewers in the United States, more than 4.5 times its opening night audience.

Episode 2 recorded 5.7 million viewers on HBO Max in the US on Sunday night, according to Nielsen, adding more than a million new viewers to the series premiere.

This 22% jump

marks the largest second-week viewership growth for any HBO original drama series

in the network's history.

"Craig and Neil, along with executive producer Carolyn Strauss, and the rest of our fantastic cast and crew, have defined a genre with their masterful first season of

The Last of Us

," said Francesca Orsi, Head of Drama Series and Films. from HBO Max.

"After pulling off this unforgettable first season, I can't wait to see this team outshine again with Season 2."

The Last of Us

has also been a hit on social media, with the series trending number one worldwide on Twitter during its premiere.

To date, the teasers and trailers for the first season have amassed

over 100 million views worldwide


"I'm grateful, honored, and frankly overwhelmed that so many people have tuned in and connected with our narrative of Joel and Ellie's journey. The collaboration with Craig Mazin, our amazing cast and crew, and HBO

exceeded my already high expectations.

" said Neil Druckmann, executive producer.

"Now we are absolutely delighted to be able to do it again for Season 2! On behalf of everyone at Naughty Dog and PlayStation, thank you!"

"I am very grateful to Neil Druckmann and HBO for our partnership, and

I am even more grateful to the millions of people who have joined us on this journey

," Mazin said.

"The audience has given us a chance to continue, and as a fan of the characters and world that Neil and Naughty Dog created, I couldn't be more ready to dive back into it."

The Last of Us

takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed.

Joel (Pedro Pascal), a born survivor, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsey) out of an oppressive quarantine zone.

What starts out as a small job soon turns into a brutal and harrowing journey as both must traverse the US and depend on each other for survival.

With a score of 97% from critics on

Rotten Tomatoes


The Last of Us

has been called "HBO's next big thing" by

Rolling Stone

magazine , with


noting that "one sees a near future in which this series will end up among the best on television".


called the new series

"better than every video game adaptation I can think of

," and IGN called it

"a brilliant take on one of gaming's most beloved stories,"

adding that it "offers an empowering spectacle for fans of the hit PlayStation video games, while also getting warmly exciting for newcomers."

CNN, for its part, called the storytelling "absolutely fearless and unflinching, creating horrifying scenarios and moments that can be alternately moving and utterly tragic."

According to the criteria of The Trust Project

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