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HBO's The Last Of Us Gets A Release Date And Episode Count

"The Last of Us" on HBO is one of the most anticipated video game adaptations in recent memory. If the trailer is any sign of the incredible direction it's headed in, it may go down as one of the best live-action adaptations of any video game ever.

The show will follow Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) as the horrifying post-apocalyptic world brings the unlikely duo together. They travel across the infected-filled country together as Ellie could hold the key to humanity's survival within her. During their journey, Joel and Ellie encounter numerous obstacles with threats around every corner. "The Last of Us" includes many typical zombie tropes, with many instances of humans being scarier than the infected. However, what sets it apart is the intense emotions throughout its masterful story.

A significant reason for the hype around HBO's "The Last of Us" is centered around the video game's director, Neil Druckmann, co-creating the show with "Chernobyl" creator Craig Mazin. Having someone integral to both games' success, like Druckmann, on board as creator, writer, and producer of "The Last of Us" series is a recipe for success for HBO. Star Pedro Pascal said that the show would closely follow the video game while still delivering a unique take on the critically-acclaimed story, and that's because of Druckmann's direction.

HBO has kept information regarding "The Last of Us" under lock and key, but today they revealed when fans could expect the series to drop.

Fans can start 2023 off with the premiere of The Last of Us

After yesterday's leak, HBO has officially announced the premiere date for "The Last of Us" with an incredible first poster. Fans of the best-selling game can look forward to the series' first episode hitting HBO Max on January 15 at 9 p.m. EST. The first season will run for a total of nine episodes, releasing every Sunday following the premiere. 

HBO's official website description says, "The series takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival."

Joining Pascal and Ramsey in "The Last of Us" are Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Merle Dandridge reprising her video game role of Marlene, Anna Torv as Tess, Nick Offerman as Bill, and Nico Parker as Joel's daughter Sarah. Neil Druckmann also revealed that legendary voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who played Joel and Ellie in the games, will also appear in the series, although their roles remain a secret (via Summer Game Fest). 

It'll be interesting to see how much of the first game's story HBO's "The Last of Us" Season 1 covers. Nine episodes could cover the entire storyline depending on the pacing, but HBO may want to space it out across multiple seasons.