HBO Max just announced the second season of The Last of Us. The production, which premiered this month, turned out to be the second biggest debut for HBO after the first week of its premiere.


“The Last of Us” was also a hit on social media. Already during the first broadcast, the series was in the first place among the trending topics on Twitter. HBO MAX reported that the series’ information, teasers, and trailers had more than 100 million views worldwide.






The series is written and produced by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. – Craig and Neil, along with Executive Producer Caroline Strauss, and the rest of our fantastic cast and crew, They redefined the genre with their landmark debut The Last of Us – said Francesa Orsi, HBO Programming, Head of HBO Drama Series and Films. “After what this team achieved in the first season, I can’t wait to see them better themselves next season.”


“I feel intimidated, honored, and frankly confused that so many people have chosen to follow the story of Joel and Ellie. Working with Craig Mazin, our amazing cast and crew, and HBO has exceeded my already high expectations,” said Neil Druckmann. “Now we’re very excited to do it again in season two.” On behalf of the entire Naughty Dog & PlayStation team, thank you.


– I am grateful for the collaboration with Neil Druckmann and HBO. Craig Mazin said, “I am even more grateful for the millions of people who have joined our journey. The audience has given us a chance to go on, and as a fan of the characters and the world that Neil and Naughty Dog have created, I couldn’t be more willing to dive in.” Once again.


At the moment, details about the second series are not known.


Game experience and series scenario “the last of us”


Dr. Małgorzata Bulaszewska, cultural and media expert from USWPS, answered our question about the value of “The Last of Us” series to a viewer without knowledge of the game, she answered with the following: – First of all, we get a well-written script in which the characters are multidimensional and their motivations are explained logically. The first scenes deserve attention. We see a television debate with two scientists in 1968. It shows the situation in which it is easy to underestimate what is not a threat at the moment.



This scientific thread is also interesting in the second episode, when a professor of mycology from the University of Indonesia, realizing the great threat, decided to exterminate millions, including himself and his family, to save millions. The social relations that prevailed in Boston after an epidemic, on the one hand, the military regime, the resistance movement on the other, the ordinary crooks and gangs rampant in the city, all this makes this series very modern, although it appears in fictional form the problems it faces. the world today.



Deepening the psyche of the personality


Also, I don’t think viewers who don’t have game experience will be too traditional about script changes. In my opinion (for example, the psychological deepening of some characters) they are useful. Especially the relationship between Joel and Ellie, which is not a simple, direct translation into a father-daughter relationship.


Initial skepticism on both sides is replaced by confidence and self-care. Metaphorically building trust is a journey that both of them must go through. In addition, for obvious reasons, we can say with confidence that it is a road movie, striving towards a goal … except that this goal is constantly changing and adjusting, says the expert.





Announcing the second season


– I think that both fans and non-fan viewers would have a huge grudge against the creators if the second part of the series had not been created. First, because we know that the story does not end with the end of the first season. We know this from those who have played. Secondly, because what we got is very good cinema in terms of script and technical execution. And the acting game deserves special attention.


I personally appreciate the Ellie character created by Bella Ramsey, although I’ve read about the accusations made by some guys, but in my opinion she does a great job. She is childishly naive, a quarrelsome young woman, and at the same time builds an adult relationship with Joel and realizes her unique role in the otherworldly destiny – explains Dr. Małgorzata Bulaszewska.



Players and audience who first appeared in the universe




We asked Marta Wurzen, Serialowa’s Editor-in-Chief, if she thinks viewers aren’t familiar with the game. “the last of us” They can watch the series and do they lose a lot without knowing this phenomenon.


Like any good adaptation, HBO’s “The Last of Us” episode 1 works great as a standalone adaptation. You don’t need to know the game to watch it, because it’s actually a simple story about a pair of seemingly mismatched heroes who must work together to survive a perilous journey through the end of the world – including an inner journey. And that’s it. You don’t need to know anything else to be drawn into it from the first moment, and series creators Craig Mazin and co-writer Neil Druckmann make it easy every step of the way for viewers who haven’t come to terms with it. This world from before, he explains.





The accuracy of HBO’s production and the disappointment of ‘The Witcher’ fans


We also ask what’s new in the HBO series Gamers. Knowing the plot of the game, could they still be surprised? – The developers offer a lot to fans of the game, on the one hand, recreating iconic scenes literally on a 1: 1 scale, and on the other hand – wisely expanding this reality and giving many characters and events more depth and context. Just like “Game of Thrones” and “Kind of the Dragon”, everyone can watch and everyone will understand.


And I don’t think he loses much, and the absolutely magical third episode, which viewers will see next Monday, shows that we all gain. HBO makes such really ingenious adaptations, that fans of “The Witcher” are now dreaming out loud “what if …”, it was not Netflix that created the series out of this world – Marta Wawrzyn assures.



The world of the game and the series


Would “The Last of Us” gain the same popularity if it were an original script without the context of the game? – Well, we will never know, because it is worth noting that this is a series that is largely related to the game and is largely based on being a modification of the game – there are scenes in which the viewer literally feels like they are in the game. And these are great scenes, without which it would be a completely different show.

I imagine that Craig Mazin, the screenwriter responsible for the success of “Chernobyl” before, would be able to write a very good series about the end of the world, without this specific source material. It is worth noting how many different contexts there are in this series. Yes, there are scenes taken directly from the game, and with good reason it is said to be the best and most faithful game mod ever made. There are also scenes that show that the creator of “Chernobyl” is responsible for them, because they are very similar to this series – explains Serialowa’s editor-in-chief.


in the world of movies


– The opening of the episodes is very similar to the openings of Breaking Bad, and this is no coincidence either – Mazin admits that he loves Vince Gilligan’s work and was inspired by it. Certainly, the HBO series doesn’t get hurt by the fact that it’s well-made and packed with zombie action momentum. ‘The Walking Dead’ proves how popular the subject can be – says the critic.



The popularity of the game and the audience of the series


The game certainly initially fueled The Last of Us’ popularity, but it seems to me that this series will be a phenomenon that will far outpace the game. There was already information that sales of the game began to increase after the premiere of the series, and since then a little more than a week has passed. We have seven more episodes to start – every episode is excellent, every episode that will be talked about a lot. So it seems to me that the series will make the post-apocalyptic Joel and Ellie story mainstream. It was the same with Game of Thrones, and even sales of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books increased after the series premiere.

I think there will eventually be three seasons of The Last of Us, because on the wave of the series’ popularity, Naughty Dog will also decide to speed up work on the third game. So it’s still an adventure for a good few years, which so far can make gamers not particularly interested in this kind of entertainment – sums up Marta Warzin.





The last of us It was based on a computer game


The story presented in “The Last of Us” takes place 20 years after the destruction of modern civilization. A battle-hardened survivor, Joel is hired to smuggle a 14-year-old girl, Ellie, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What begins as a simple mission soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey across the United States. A mission in which they can only rely on each other to survive.



Series Stars: Pedro Pascal as Joel, 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 Reed as Riley, Merle Dandridge as Marilyn, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Lamar Johnson as Henry, Kevon Woodard as Sam, Graham Greene as Marlon and Elaine Miles as Florence


The HBO original series “The Last of Us” is based on the world famous and critically acclaimed video game developed by Naughty Dog for Playstation platforms. The series is a co-production with Sony PicturesTelevision. The executive producers are Caroline Strauss, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan and Rose Lamm. The series is produced by PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, and Naughty Dog.


The first episodes of the series can be watched every Monday on HBO Max and October 20 on HBO. The final episode of the first season is scheduled for March 13.







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