Touted to be HBO’s highly-anticipated adaptation of the favorite and acclaimed Naughty Dog game, The Last of Us is an American post-apocalyptic drama television series that was released on HBO Max on January 15th, 2023. Fully star-studded with Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie, The Last of Us has garnered the reputation of being one of the biggest new television shows of 2023, backed up by its reputation of being one of the greatest video game adaptations of all time. As a result, it has also been renewed for a second season.
No matter where you are in this world, you surely can’t miss watching such a smash hit. With its latest episode, episode 9, airing on HBO on March 12th, 2023, fans are confounded by the number of episodes the show will air on the streaming platform. Not only that, but they are also wondering whether the show will be a part of the Netflix library, then wonder no more because we’ve collocated every bit of information required for you to know about the available streaming options for the show and the total number of episodes.
When and where was The Last of Us released?
As previously mentioned, The Last of Us was released on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO Max. The first season was initially reported to consist of ten episodes which are written by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. However, there has been some update regarding the same. Continue to read more about it below. The release date announcement was made on the official Twitter handle of HBO which also shared a similar video game poster:
— The Last of Us (@TheLastofUsHBO) November 2, 2022
What is The Last of Us about?
The official synopsis of The Last of Us via HBO Max reads:
“Based on Naughty Dog’s award-winning video game, The Last of Us takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed by a deadly virus. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone to the Fireflies, a cure-searching organization. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.”
What do we know so far about the show?
In season 1 episode 8, ‘When we Are in Need’, a series of things ensure that make us question the state of humanity. While Ellie is hunting to get food, she encounters David and James, who offers her medicines in exchange for her captured meat. The next day, David and his men capture Ellie and take her to their place where the former reveals his cavernous secrets. He reveals his cannibalistic inclination which was completely satisfied in the dark. Ellie breaks his finger when he explains that she too, like him, has a violent heart.
With the help of medicines, Joel is able to recover faster and soon begins his search for Ellie. Later, the viewers catch a glimpse of Joel torturing David’s men so that they could give him his whereabouts. In an interesting turn of events, Ellie murders James in self-defense and now David is chasing her. To protect herself, Ellie murders David too with a butcher knife. Finally, Joel finds Ellie and they both embrace each other in the wilderness, with the former appeasing the latter’s unstable emotional state.
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What can we expect to happen in The Last of Us Episode 9?
After leaving things with so much tension, we expect the ninth episode to bring some fruition to this duo. From Ellie’s capture to David’s cannibalistic inclination, the eighth episode showcased a darker side of humanity that remains indelible in our minds. In the ninth episode, based on the promo, we expect the show to underscore Joel and Ellie’s relationship as they depend upon each other more than ever as they survive in the wilderness.
The Last of Us Sunday is here!!!
The Penultimate Episode of Season 1 drops tonight at 9pm EST pic.twitter.com/z1kNRm96e1
— DomTheBomb (@DomTheBombYT) March 5, 2023
Episode 9, titled “Look for the Light” is unfortunately hailed as the last episode of the season which will release on March 12th, 2023, even though the show was originally meant to consist of 10 episodes.
This brings us to the most obvious question: Why?
And more importantly…
Will there be a tenth episode of The Last of Us?
Episode 10 of The Last of Us was scheduled to air on HBO on March 19th, 2023, following its predetermined schedule of the episode release. Be that as it may, HBO has decided to break the pattern and release only nine episodes, since the first episode of the show extra long. Consequently, the HBO executives and the creators of the show collectively decided to retrench one episode from the show’s pallet.
If you can’t wait to watch the last episode of the show, here are the release timings of the episode according to the different time zones:
- US Eastern Time Zone at 9 pm
- US Central Time Zone at 8 pm
- US Mountain Time Zone at 7 pm
- US Western Time Zone at 6 pm
- Alaska Daylight Time at 5 pm
- Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time at 3 pm
- Brasilia Standard Time at 10 pm
- India Standard Time at 6:30 am
- Eastern European Time at 4 am
- Central European Time at 3 am
- UK Time at 2 am
- Western European Time at 2 am
- New Zealand Standard Time at 1 pm
The Last of Us Season 1 Finale could triple the viewership of the premiere based on current numbers!
Episode 1 – 0.588 million
Episode 7 – 1.083 million
Now we have reached a point where The Last of Us live viewership has almost doubled since the premiere. pic.twitter.com/qLI5fjzz1t
— DomTheBomb (@DomTheBombYT) March 5, 2023
Will The Last of Us arrive on Netflix?
If you’ve been waiting for The Last of Us to arrive on Netflix, then we would like to be honest with you and break the bad news. The post-apocalyptic show is not arriving on Netflix, at least not right now. The Last of Us is an HBO Original and will only air on HBO and its streaming service. However, there might be a possibility of the show hitting the Netflix library sometime in the future, but that will only happen when HBO licenses the show to the streaming giant. For now, that sadly does not seem the case.
Where to watch The Last of Us?
As previously mentioned, The Last of Us is available for streaming only on HBO or HBO Max. The first episode of the season reportedly runs for 85 minutes, while the rest runs for about an hour or so. Based on the schedule, new episodes air on Sunday nights.
Will there be another season of The Last of Us?
Based upon the reports, The Last of Us is considered to be one of the largest television production series in Canadian history, crossing CA$ 200 million in revenue expected for Alberta. Druckmann states that the first season will cover the conjectures that occurred in the first game. It would have been certainly disheartening if The Last of Us was not renewed for a second season. According to Rodnyansky, the show would run for several seasons. Additionally, Kenney concretized the number of seasons that they are planning to keep as eight.
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