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Queer-Inclusive Show The Last of Us Renewed For Season 2 at HBO

Queer-Inclusive Show The Last of Us Renewed For Season 2 at HBO

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We aren't saying goodbye to Joel and Ellie just yet.

After just two episodes, HBO has renewed its hit video game adaptation The Last of Us.

Since its premiere two weeks ago, The Last of Us has become one of the most popular TV shows in the country. Its premiere was the second-highest premiere for the streamer after House of The Dragon.

After two weeks, episode 1 of the show has over 22 million viewers. Episode 2 drew 5.7 million viewers on its opening night.

The Last of Us stars Pedro Pascal as Joel, and Bella Ramsey as Ellie, the 14-year-old girl Joel is tasked with protecting as they journey across an American wilderness filled with fungus-infected zombies, violent raiders, and other dangers.

Earlier this year, Ramsey told The New York Timesthat their gender has "always been very fluid.

"Someone would call me 'she' or 'her' and I would think about it, but I knew that if someone called me 'he' it was a bit exciting," they said, also stating they opt for the nonbinary option on a form whenever they have the opportunity. "I'm very much just a person."

"Being gendered isn't something that I particularly like," they continued. "But in terms of pronouns, I really couldn't care less."

The next episode of the show will focus on Bill and Frank, two gay characters from the original video game. In the game, Bill helps out Joel and Ellie when they come to the town where he's fortified, but his partner Frank is dead. In the show, it looks like we'll get to see a lot of their relationship.

Storm Reid is also joining the series later as the character Riley, who in the video game is Ellie's first romantic interest and first kiss.

The Last of Us continues to air new episodes every Sunday on HBO and HBO Max. Now that we know the journey won't be ending with this season, we're even more excited to watch.

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