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The Last of Us Is Bringing 9 Episodes of Apocalyptic Adventure to HBO

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We didn’t have to wait long for the first bonafide TV sensation of 2023: HBO’s The Last of Us. Based on the beloved video game, the show follows a cynical man named Joel (Pedro Pascal) who becomes a reluctant guardian for young Ellie (Bella Ramsey), a girl born into a post-apocalyptic society deteriorated from a pandemic brought on by horrific fungal infections.

Helmed by Chernobyl‘s Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann—the main creative force behind the original 2013 gameThe Last of Us was placed in more than capable hands. And it appears to have paid off, as the show’s first season currently has a shining 97% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Season 1 of The Last of Us is said to have cost HBO upwards of $100 million, so it’s fair to say that the network is making a bet that this video game adaptation will, uh, turn out a bit better than most of the others. From our vantage point, it’s looking so far so good. Pascal and Ramsey are the only two main cast members, as the show jumps from timeline to timeline and setting to setting, with recurring and guest stars that also include Gabriel Luna, Nico Parker, Anna Torv, Murray Bartlett, and Nick Offerman. The cast and the writing are in tune with each other, and the visual language manages to catch the right tone to keep you on the edge of your seat. And when you see the infected, well, they’re just as scary as you’d hope them to be.

Which is all to say: The Last of Us isn’t a show you’re going to want to miss. Below, you can find out when each episode is coming out—and, much like the characters in The Last of Us, make sure you never let your guard down.

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Each episode of The Last of Us will air on HBO on Sunday nights at 9:00 PM EST, and will be available to stream on HBO Max at the same time. The next episode will air on January 22, at 9:00 PM EST.

How many episodes of The Last of Us are left?

The first season of The Last of Us is nine episodes in total, and only the first of those has aired at this point. That means there are eight episodes, and eight weeks, remaining.

Stream The Last of Us Here

Here’s the complete release schedule for HBO’s The Last of Us, Season 1.

Episode 1 – Now streaming as of January 15

Episode 2 – Streaming on January 22

Episode 3 – Streaming on January 29

Episode 4 – Streaming on February 5

Episode 5 – Streaming on February 12

Episode 6 – Streaming on February 19

Episode 7 – Streaming on February 26

Episode 8 – Streaming on March 5

Episode 9 – Streaming on March 12

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Evan Romano

Evan is the culture editor for Men’s Health, with bylines in The New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine, and VICE. He loves weird movies, watches too much TV, and listens to music more often than he doesn’t.

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