What should you know about HBO's "The Last of Us" series?
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"The Last of Us", the new HBO series, has proven to be so successful with only two episodes that the channel wants the story to continue.
HBO, part of CNN's parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, announced Friday that the show, co-created by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, has been renewed for a second season.
Mazin is behind series like "Chernobyl," also on HBO, while Druckmann is known for being the creator and writer of the "The Last of Us" franchise—initially a video game—as well as co-chairman of the video game company. naughty dog video games
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"After pulling off this unforgettable first season, I can't wait to see this team eclipse themselves again with season two," Francesca Orsi, HBO's executive vice president of programming and head of drama series and movies, said in a statement.
"I'm in awe, honored and frankly overwhelmed that so many people have tuned in and connected with our retelling of Joel's (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie's (Bella Ramsey) journey," said Neil Druckmann.
"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 (the story)," said Craig Mazin.
The success of the series: number one in networks and critical acclaim
The series, which airs every Sunday at 9:00 pm Miami time on HBO and its streaming service, HBO Max, has so far had two episodes, one with more audience success than the other.
The second episode achieved an audience of 5.7 million people between HBO Max and the traditional cable channel.
This was a million more viewers than the first episode.
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According to HBO, the program was also a trend on social networks, reaching the global
and in the United States on Twitter.
On Rotten Tomatoes, a popular page that measures the success of series and movies, both with audiences and critics, "The Last of Us" has a score of 97% from critics and 96% from audiences.
For its part, the IGN page (where everything related to video games and entertainment is discussed), gives this adaptation a score of 9 out of 10, while IMDb rates it with a 9.3.
Meanwhile, MetaCritic indicates that the series is a
and gave it an 84% score.
In total the series will have 9 episodes.
The last one will air on March 12.
What is The Last of Us about?
The series is based on a game of the same name that came out a decade ago and was made available on the PlayStation.
The story tells of life in an apocalyptic world after a fungus, Cordyceps, achieved human-to-human infection.
The infection occurs through a bite, turning its host into an extremely fast and aggressive zombie.
In real life, the Cordyceps fungus only infects insects.
The peculiarity of the zombies that we see in the series is that they cannot see, since the fungus branches out from the top of the head and covers the eyes.
Those who reach this facet of infection (the third phase according to the video game) are known as "clickers".
These "clickers" infect other humans with a bite.
They guide themselves through echolocation, that is, the bouncing of sounds with objects, just as bats do.
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The history of the series adapted to television begins in the year 2003 when the first infections begin in Austin Texas.
Joel (played by Pedro Pascal) loses his daughter while they try to flee from the chaos that was generated by the first infected.
The series fast forwards two decades, taking Joel to Boston where he lives in a quarantine zone heavily guarded by military forces.
Ellie (Bella Ramsey) is one of the few people immune to infection by the Cordyceps fungus.
Possibly she could be the key to develop a vaccine against the disease which is, so far (in the series), incurable.
As such, "The Last of Us" franchise has three video games and one downloadable content.
This could give fans of the story hope that it could have more than two seasons.
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