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HBO’s The Last of Us series officially premieres in January

HBO’s The Last of Us series officially premieres in January


The TV adaptation of one of PlayStation’s biggest franchises will debut on January 15th. HBO Max revealed the premiere date earlier this week ahead of the official announcement.

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Joel and Ellie in promotional art for The Last of Us.
The show looks pretty bleak, just like the games.
Image: HBO

The TV adaptation of PlayStation’s postapocalyptic game series The Last of Us debuts on HBO and HBO Max on January 15th. Text in HBO Max spoiled the release date earlier this week, but you can actually circle January 15th on your calendars now that the date has been officially announced. The first season will have nine episodes.

Based on the bleak and brutal trailer released in September, The Last of Us looks to be an extremely faithful adaptation, with many characters from the games appearing in the show. (The trailer also gives a brief and terrifying glimpse at a clicker.) The similarities to the games are probably in large part because Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, the creative director of the games, is an executive producer and writer on the show. Craig Mazin, creator of HBO’s Chernobyl, is executive producing and writing as well.

The Last of Us stars Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (who you might recognize as Game of Thrones fan favorite Lyanna Mormont) as Joel and Ellie. Other actors include Merle Dandridge reprising her role as Marlene and Nick Offerman as the survivalist Bill. The Joel and Ellie from the games, Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, will also star, though in currently unannounced roles.

If you want to brush up on the series before the show launches, you might want to check out the recently-released PS5 remake of the original game.