The Last of Us: Release date, official poster, cast, plot and more

The Last of Us: Official release date along with new poster revealed by HBO Max
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When is The Last of Us going to premiere on HBO Max? Continue reading to find out more. 

…No Matter What, You Keep Finding Something To Fight For.” If you recall this quote from Joel in the game, then you have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. We know that the fandom has come a long way from wanting to see a live adaptation of this beloved action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog. Now, after years of waiting, their wish has been fulfilled, which makes it very understandable why the anticipation has heightened and piqued the interest of long-time die-hard fans who have tuned in to play the game for its incredible storyline.

The series is an upcoming American post-apocalyptic drama television series that will soon be released on HBO Max next year. If you are interested in knowing more about the latest developments, look no further, as we’ve put together a concise summary of all the details you need to know about the release date, plot, and cast so that you may get a head start and be prepared before the series airs. Here is everything we know about The Last of Us.

The Last of Us: Official release date along with new poster revealed by HBO Max

The Last of Us Release Date and New Poster

The brand new series has officially been confirmed to premiere next year on Sunday,  January 15, 2023, at 9 PM (ET/PT) on HBO and will be available for streaming concurrently in 4K on HBO Max. The season will consist of ten episodes written by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann; the latter wrote and directed the game.

The official Twitter handle of HBO also confirmed the news by sharing a new poster from the series, which looks similar to the video game poster, quoting, “To the edge of the universe and back. #TheLastOfUs premieres January 15 on @HBOMax.” Take a look at the official post below. 

The Last of Us Plot

The Last of Us is a direct adaptation with minor deviations, allowing alterations such as changing character perspectives in a manner unachievable in an immersive game. The show’s outbreak takes place in 2003, as opposed to 2013, as in the game.

The official description of the show by HBO Max states, “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.”

The Last of Us: Official release date along with new poster revealed by HBO Max

The Last of Us Cast and Crew

The main cast members of the series with their respective character descriptions are as follows: Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, Wonder Woman 1984) and Bella Ramsey (HBO’s His Dark Materials and Game of Thrones) will star as Joel and Ellie. Also joining the cast are Gabriel Luna (True Detective) as Joel’s younger brother and former soldier, Tommy; Merle Dandridge (The Last of Us video games, The Flight Attendant) as resistance leader Marlene; and Anna Torv (Fringe) as Tess, a smuggler, and fellow hardened survivor. 

The series will guest star Nico Parker (The Third Day) as Sarah, Joel’s 14-year-old daughter; Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) as Frank and Bill, two post-pandemic survivalists living alone in their own isolated town; Storm Reid (Euphoria) as Riley, an orphan in Boston; and Jeffrey Pierce (The Last of Us video games) as Perry, a rebel in a quarantine zone. Lamar Johnson guest stars as Henry and Keivonn Woodard as Sam, brothers in Kansas City hiding from a revolutionary movement seeking vengeance.

The Last of Us: Official release date along with new poster revealed by HBO Max

Graham Greene guest stars as Marlon and Elaine Miles as Florence, a married couple surviving alone in the wilderness of post-apocalyptic Wyoming. Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker, who portrayed Ellie and Joel in the games, will star in the series in undisclosed roles, as well Rutina Wesley and Brad Leland. The show will feature the character Maria, as well as Clickers, humans who have been heavily infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus. 

The Last of Us is based on the video game of the same name developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation platforms. It is written and executive produced by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. The series is a coproduction with Sony Pictures Television and is executive produced by Carolyn Strauss, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan, and Rose Lam. Production companies include PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, and Naughty Dog.

The Last of Us: Official release date along with new poster revealed by HBO Max

The Last of Us: Will there be another season or not?

The Last of Us is said to be the largest television production in Canadian history, with over CA$200 million in revenue expected for Alberta. According to Druckmann, the first season will cover the events of the first game. Rodnyansky stated that the show would run for several seasons, while Kenney stated that it could run for up to eight. In addition to this, Mazin stated that a second season is likely if the first is well received. 

The Last of Us: Official release date along with new poster revealed by HBO Max

Where to stream The Last of Us?

The series will air on HBO in the United States and will be available to stream in 4K resolution on 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 series will also be available on Binge in Australia and Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. 

The Last of Us: Official release date along with new poster revealed by HBO Max

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 of 1:48 minutes and on 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.” The dark and ominous teaser trailer intersperses some dialogue with Williams’ song, which is heavily featured on apocalypse survivors Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. Take a look at the official clip below: 

Let us know in the comments if you will be streaming The Last of Us on HBO or HBO Max.