On Sunday, 4.7 million people tuned in to HBO’s depiction of the popular PlayStation game.
The post-apocalyptic adventure of Joel and Ellie was made available on HBO Max over the weekend, coinciding with the release of the first episode of “The Last of Us” on the streaming service.
The show is an adaptation of the illustrious Naughty Dog PlayStation video game series. The first season of the show, which consists of nine episodes, focuses on the game that started the franchise.
Sunday’s debut drew 4.7 million viewers, and new episodes will air weekly through March 12.
‘The Last of Us’
The video games are set in a future where the majority of the world’s population has become savage cannibals due to an unnervingly plausible fungal brain sickness. The games follow a grumpy smuggler named Joel and his optimistic young friend named Ellie as they journey through a destroyed United States. Pedro Pascal from The Mandalorian will play the lead role of Joel, while Bella Ramsey, who appeared with Pedro Pascal in Game of Thrones, will play Ellie.
Nick Offerman from Parks and Recreation, Anna Torv from Fringe, and Melanie Lynskey from Yellowjackets are among the guest stars in this episode. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, who play characters in the TV series, go into the compelling emotional heart of the story as writers Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann discuss how the TV series builds on the original source material.
There are a lot of suspenseful moments, and it’s more of a thriller than a horror movie. The infected do not appear very often; in fact, Joel and Ellie meet more survivors than monsters. However, when they do appear, they are used to great purpose. Do I need to have previous experience with the games?
The show is a retelling of the events that took place in the original game, which was released in 2013, with some additional plot threads and background information.
The writers Craig Mazin (creator of HBO’s Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann (creative director of the games series) inserted a flashback sequence with the intention of giving newcomers a firm foundation in the story’s beginnings.
Nevertheless, The Last of Us and its sequel, which is scheduled to be released in 2020, are two of the most compelling video games that have ever been developed. If you are interested in the show, you should start watching it right now. The first game is presently exclusively on sale for the PlayStation 4 (a PC version is scheduled for release on March 3), while the second game may be purchased for any of the PlayStation consoles.
“The Last of Us” Release Date
The whole release schedule for The Last of Us can be seen below on HBO Max. If the firm makes any adjustments or announcements about breaks, we will modify this accordingly. Some of you may be familiar with the time slot that House of the Dragon occupied the previous year, which is when new episodes will start airing at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET).
- Episode 1: Available now and every Sunday
- Episode 2: Jan. 22
- Episode 3: Jan. 29
- Episode 4: Feb. 5
- Episode 5: Feb. 12
- Episode 6: Feb. 19
- Episode 7: Feb. 26
- Episode 8: March 5
- Episode 9: March 12
Because the show is released simultaneously all around the world, the following are the timings in various regions:
- Canada, Crave at 9 p.m. Sunday
- Sky Atlantic and Now may be seen broadcasting at 2:00 a.m. in the UK and Ireland
- Binge and Foxtel will both be available in Australia starting at 1 p.m. AEDT
- Monday morning at three in the afternoon in New Zealand
Beyond the game, fans will be relieved to know that the adaptation stays faithful to the events of the original game to a significant extent; nevertheless, there are a few creative tweaks to Ellie and Joel’s primary mission that keep things interesting.
Along with several subtle visual Easter eggs and a sprinkling of witty appearances, the program also takes the time to unveil previously unseen sequences that will make gaming aficionados’ mouths drop.
“The Last of Us” a television show on HBO, is a resounding success. It presents one of the most gripping and interesting stories in the history of video games to viewers of the show, while also illuminating fascinating new facets of the world for those who have played the games. Pascal, Ramsey, and their co-stars bring layers of emotional depth and uncomfortable moral grayness to every scene, which contributes to the fact that the script is superbly written and that the casting is faultless.