HBO experienced great success with The Last of Us‘ debut episode.
According to reports, The Last of Us‘ debut this past Sunday attracted 4.7 million American viewers across the traditional HBO channel and the HBO Max streaming service. According to this data, The Last of Us had the second-biggest HBO debut in the previous 13 years, trailing only the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, which debuted in 2022 to 9.99 million viewers.
Naughty Dog and Sony Computer Entertainment collaborated to create and release the video game The Last of Us. It centers on a smuggler named Joel and a 14-year-old girl named Ellie who might know how to end the awful sickness that gave rise to the game’s post-apocalyptic setting. As they battle to survive while traveling across America, Joel, who was contracted to smuggle Ellie out of a quarantine region, learns that the adolescent girl is as dependent on him as he is on her.
The first game’s events are anticipated to be included in The Last of Us’ HBO adaptation, with the potential for extra material from the second game. The series reportedly had one of the largest budgets ever, with each episode costing over $10 million and the entire production costing over $200 million. In contrast, the last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones had an episode budget of $15 million.
Along with Graham Greene and Pedro Pascal, the cast also features Brad Leland, Elaine Miles, Melanie Lynskey, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Storm Reid, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, and Brad Leland.
The HBO adaptation of The Last of Us is expected to focus on the events from the first game, with more content from the second game may be available. Baker plays a character named James who is described as “a senior member of a group of settlers,” while Johnson plays Ellie’s mother Anna.
HBO broadcasts The Last of Us on Sunday evenings.