Is The Last of Us all set to premiere on HBO this year or not? Continue reading to find out more.
The Last of Us is an upcoming HBO post-apocalyptic drama television series. Based on the 2013 Naughty Dog video game of the same name, the series, which is supposed to be the largest television production in Canadian history, was shot in Alberta from July 2021 to June 2022.
It is the first HBO series based on a video game, following Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting the adolescent Ellie across the post-apocalyptic United States. The game is considered one of the greatest narrative games of the decade. The character arcs have excellent storytelling, which runs great with the gameplay and atmosphere, with a plot that is rarely used in a lot of games, which is exciting to see being turned into a TV series.
We know that the fans are eager to learn the answers to some of the main concerns for the show. As a result, it is very understandable why these questions have heightened the anticipation and piqued the interest of die-hard fans who tuned in to play the game over the years. If you are one of those who want to get clarity about the potential release date, then look no further, as we’ve compiled all of the relevant information on HBO’s The Last of Us upcoming release date and much more.
Continue reading until you reach the end to find all of your answers.
The Last of Us Release Date
The network has officially confirmed that the first season of The Last of Us will debut in 2023. The exact release date of the show has not been disclosed as of September 28, 2022.
The official Twitter handle of HBO Max also confirmed the news by sharing the official release date, quoting, “Save who you can save. #TheLastOfUs is coming in 2023 to HBO Max. Follow @TheLastofUsHBO for the latest updates on the @HBO original series.” Take a look at the official post below:
Save who you can save. #TheLastOfUs is coming in 2023 to HBO Max.
— HBO Max (@hbomax) September 26, 2022
The Last of Us Plot
According to the press release, The Last of Us, a series based on the critically acclaimed video game, is coming to HBO and HBOMax. The series takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
The Last of Us Cast and Crew
The main cast members of the series with their respective character descriptions are as follows:
Pedro Pascal as Joel: A hardened survivor who is tormented by the trauma of his past. Joel is tasked with smuggling a young girl out of a quarantine zone and eventually across the United States.
Bella Ramsey as Ellie: A 14-year-old girl who displays defiance and anger but has a private need for kinship and belonging. She is immune to the Cordyceps brain infection and may be the key to creating a vaccine. In the video games, Ellie is played by Ashley Johnson.
The recurring cast members of the series with their respective character descriptions are as follows:
Gabriel Luna as Tommy: Joel’s younger brother and a former soldier who maintains idealism in his hope for a better world.
Merle Dandridge as Marlene: The head of the Fireflies, a resistance movement hoping to gain freedom from the military. Dandridge reprises her role from the video games.
Anna Torv as Tess: A hardened survivor and Joel’s smuggler partner. In the first game, Tess is played by Annie Wersching.
Moreover, Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who played Joel and Ellie in the games, will play undisclosed roles in the series. Rutina Wesley has also been cast in an unspecified role, and Brad Leland has stated that he will be filming some scenes for the show by October 2021. The character Maria will also appear in the show. It will also feature Clickers, humans infected with a mutant strain of the Cordyceps fungus.
The adaptation is written and executive produced by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. The series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television and is executive produced by Carolyn Strauss, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan, and Rose Lam. Production companies: PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, and Naughty Dog.
The Last of Us Episodes
According to HBO, the upcoming series has a total of 10 episodes, with the following episodes expected to drop on the same day or on a weekly basis. The first season will consist of ten episodes written by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann; the latter wrote and directed the game.
The episode titles and synopsis of the series are not released by the network as of September 28, 2022. The network will publish those details when the episodes are due to air on the streaming service. So, we would advise fans to be patient while waiting for these updates, which will be issued in the coming months.
Where to stream The Last of Us?
When available to stream, The Last of Us will only be accessible on HBO and HBO Max as it is an exclusive series developed for the digital streaming platform. Moreover, the membership of the platform costs $10 per month (or $100 per year) for the ad-supported plan and $15 per month (or $150 per year) for the ad-free option. The viewers can choose the membership plan according to their preference and stream the vast catalog that HBO Max has to offer its users with tv-series and movies ranging across different genres.
The Last of Us Official Teaser
The first look of the new series was released on September 26, 2022, on HBO Max’s official youtube channel and social media handles for HBO 50th Anniversary with a tagline that states, “Save who you can save. The HBO Original series #TheLastOfUs is coming in 2023 to HBOMax. And it’s just getting started. #HBO50” Take a look at the clip below:
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