Prepare to endure and survive, as HBO have announced a January 15th, 2023 release date for the upcoming The Last of Us series. Irish and UK viewers will be able to watch the show via Sky Atlantic & NOW, with a simulcast at 2am on January 16th. It will then be available on demand and shown in the evening too.
Based on the popular game franchise from Naughty Dog, The Last of Us is set in 20 years after a muted fungal infection devastates the world. Joel is a hardened smuggler, tasked with transporting a young girl named Ellie across the United States. They will have to work together to survive the harsh and cruel world. There will be 9 episodes in this series, which will largely follow the story of the first game.
Starring Pedro Pascal (The Madalorian, Wonder Women 1984) as Joel and Bella Ramsey (Games of Thrones) as Ellie, they will be joined by Gabriel Luna as Joel’s younger brother, Tommy, Merle Dandridge as resistance leader Marlene, and Anna Torv as Tess, a smuggler and fellow hardened survivor.
A host of guest stars will include Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett and Nick Offerman, Storm Reid, Lamar Johnson and Keivonn Woodard. They will play a number of characters that play pivotal roles along Joel and Ellie’s journey.
The series is written and executive produced by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann, of The Last of Us and Uncharted video game franchises. Carolyn Strauss (Chernobyl and Game of Thrones) will also serve as executive producer, along with Evan Wells from the original game’s developer, Naughty Dog, and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan.
Are you excited to watch the series? Do you think they will bring anything different to the games it’s based on?
Watch The Last of Us from January 15th, on HBO in the US. Irish and UK viewers can watch it from 2am on Sky Atlantic or NOW, on January 16th, 2023.