Joel and Ellie’s apocalyptic journey arrivedthis weekend as the first episode of landed on the streaming service. The performance adapts from developer Naughty Dog, with the nine-episode season 1 focusing on the first entry into the franchise.
The show premiered on Sunday and episodes come every week until March 12.
The Last of Us release dates and times
Here’s the full release schedule for The Last of Us on HBO Max, and we’ll update it if the company announces any changes or breaks. New episodes arrive at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET), which you may remember as the time slot occupied bylast year.
- Episode 1: Available Now
- Episode 2: Sunday, January 22
- Episode 3: Sunday, January 29
- Episode 4: Sunday, February 5
- Episode 5: Sunday, February 12
- Episode 6: Sunday, February 19
- Episode 7: Sunday, February 26
- Episode 8: Sunday, March 5
- Episode 9: Sunday, March 12
Where is available outside the US?
The show releases worldwide at the same time, so there are times for different regions:
- Canada, Crave at 9 p.m. Sunday
- UK and Ireland: Sky Atlantic and Now at 2pm Monday
- Australia: Binge and Foxtel at 1pm AEDT Monday
- New Zealand: Neon at 3 p.m. Monday
What’s the last of us?
The games are set in a world where an eerily believable brain fungus infection turned most of the world’s population into violent cannibals. The games follow grumpy smuggler Joel and his fun-loving teenage friend Ellie as they travel across a devastated USA.
Who’s in it?
The series stars The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal as Joel, with fellow Game of Thrones alumnus Bella Ramsey as Ellie. Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman, Fringe’s Anna Torv, and Yellowjackets’ Melanie Lynskey all show up as well.
It was written by Craig Mazin (creator of HBO’s Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann (the creative director of the games series) added this to give newcomers a solid foundation,
Is there a trailer?
Yes, HBO has given us a few tastes of the show. The most recent trailer arrived in December.
How scary is it?
It is more thriller than horror, with many intense moments. The infected don’t show up very often – Joel and Ellie have more human survivors than monsters – but are used to great effect when they do.
Do I have to have played the games?
No, the show retells the events of the first game (which came out in 2013) with some storylines and background elements expanded. However, The Last of Us andare some of the most engaging games ever made. You should definitely dive in if the show intrigues you,
The original game is available on PS3, PS4, and PS5 (a PC version is due out on March 3), while the second is currently only on PS4.
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