The verdict is in, and HBO’s The Last of Us landed among the few video game adaptations that successfully made the transition from interactive medium to film or television. According to our review of The Last of Us: Season 1, the series captures “the essence of what made the original tale so enduring. [and] builds the game world while changing certain aspects to almost entirely stunning effect.”
The Last of Us premieres on Sunday, January 15. If you’re wondering what it’s all about or how you can watch it yourself, take a look at the information below.
How to watch The Last of Us
The Last of Us will air exclusively on HBO and stream exclusively on HBO Max. The series premiere will air on HBO at 9 p.m. ET/PT on January 15; it will air on HBO Max the same day at 9 p.m. ET. Episode 1 has an expected runtime of 1 hour and 25 minutes.
How many episodes of The Last of Us are there?
The Last of Us: Season 1 will include nine episodes and cover the events of the first The Last of Us game. A second season has not been confirmed, though co-creators Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin suggested to THR that a potential second season would cover the events of the sequel. The Last of Us Part 2 video game.
The Last of Us Episode Guide
Will the Last of Us show be weekly for episode releases? Yes! HBO plans to release a new episode of The Last of Us every Sunday after the January 15 premiere. Here is the full schedule for season 1:
- Episode 1 (January 15)
- Episode 2 (January 22)
- Episode 3 (January 29)
- Episode 4 (February 5)
- Episode 5 (12 February)
- Episode 6 (February 19)
- Episode 7 (February 26)
- Episode 8 (March 5)
- Episode 9 (12th of March)
What is The Last of Us about?
Here’s the official plot synopsis for The Last of Us, courtesy of HBO:
The series is set 20 years after the destruction of modern civilization. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to rescue 14-year-old Ellie from an oppressive quarantine zone. What begins as a small job quickly becomes a brutal and harrowing journey as they both must cross the United States and depend on each other for their survival.
The last of us
The Last of Us was created by Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin (Chernobyl). It features the following actors:
- Peter Pascal like Joel
- Bella Ramsey like ellie
- Gabriel Luna like tommy
- Merle Dandridge like marlene
- Anna Torv like Tess
- Nick Offerman as invoice
- Ashley Johnson like Anna
- Troy Baker like james
Don’t forget to also check out our complete guide to The Last of Us cast and characters.
The Last of Us HBO Series Character Guide
How to play The Last of Us games
The Last of Us is available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. This original game, first released in 2013, forms the basis of the HBO series’ story.
A sequel, The Last of Us Part 2, is also available on PlayStation 4 and is playable on PlayStation 5, thanks to the console’s ability to play PS4 games through backwards compatibility.
Both games earned 10/10 review scores from IGN, receiving praise for their gripping and emotionally charged storytelling.
Jordan covers games, shows, and movies as a freelance writer for IGN.