We’ve not heard the final of The Final of Us.
HBO has formally renewed the post-apocalyptic drama starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey for season 2, the community introduced on Friday. Avid gamers can already guess the place issues are heading.
Season 1 adapts the principle occasions of 2013’s The Final of Us online game. Twenty years after a zombie-like fungal plague has ravaged the globe, Joel (Pascal), a survivor residing in a militarized Boston quarantine zone, is tasked by the Fireflies insurgent group with smuggling out a younger lady, Ellie (Ramsey), to their allies on the surface.
The stakes are raised when Joel learns that his cargo is miraculously resistant to the fungal mind an infection and stands out as the key to cracking a vaccine. This unlikely pair is pressured to traverse what’s left of America, dodging the mutated Contaminated, in addition to human raiders, slavers, and different unfriendly survivors.
Liane Hentscher/HBO Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal in ‘The Final of Us’
Sequence writers and govt producers Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann have indicated that they plan to adapt the occasions of the second online game, 2020’s The Final of Us Half II, ought to the present get extra seasons — which now it can.
It is troublesome to explain the plot of Half II with out spoiling it, so we’ll simply say there are two main twists that triggered such a powerful and instant response from gamers that Druckmann, who developed each video games, obtained demise threats.
“We now have no plans to inform any tales past adapting the video games,” Druckmann beforehand instructed The Hollywood Reporter. “We cannot run into the identical concern as Sport of Thrones since Half II would not finish on a cliffhanger.”
The Final of Us was watched by 4.7 million viewers throughout linear TV and HBO Max streaming the evening the drama premiered on Jan. 15. By the second day, that quantity rose to 10 million viewers. By the tip of the week, it turned 18 million. The premiere episode has now surpassed 22 million viewers domestically, by HBO’s estimates.
Scores for episode 2 began off even stronger. On the evening of its debut, The Final of Us tallied 5.7 million viewers, which marked a 22 p.c enhance from the primary episode. That is the most important second-week progress in HBO’s historical past.
Liane Hentscher/HBO Anna Torv and Pedro Pascal as Tess and Joel
“I am humbled, honored, and admittedly overwhelmed that so many individuals have tuned in and related with our retelling of Joel and Ellie’s journey,” Druckmann stated in an announcement. “The collaboration with Craig Mazin, our unimaginable solid & crew, and HBO exceeded my already excessive expectations. Now we’ve got absolutely the pleasure of having the ability to do it once more with season two! On behalf of everybody at Naughty Canine & PlayStation, thanks!”
The unique video games have been developed by studio Naughty Canine and launched on PlayStation platforms. PlayStation Studios now helps produce the live-action variations of their library.
“I am so grateful to Neil Druckmann and HBO for our partnership, and I am much more grateful to the hundreds of thousands of people that have joined us on this journey,” Mazin added. “The viewers has given us the possibility to proceed, and as a fan of the characters and world Neil and Naughty Canine created, I could not be extra able to dive again in.”
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