‘The Last of Us’ Release Schedule: When Will Episode 3 Come On HBO Max?

Joel and Ellie’s apocalyptic journey is underway HBO maxwith the first two episodes of The last of us available on the streaming service.

The show fits the legendary PlayStation video game series from developer Naughty Dog, with the nine-episode season 1 focusing on the first entry into the franchise.

The show premiered on January 15 drew an audience of 10 million in its first two dayswith weekly episodes until March 12.

The Last of Us release dates and times

Here’s the full release schedule for The Last of Us on HBO Max. We’ll adjust this if the company announces changes or breaks. New episodes arrive at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET), which you may remember as the time slot occupied by House of the Dragon last year.

  • Episode 1: Available Now
  • Episode 2: Available Now
  • Episode 3: Sunday, January 29
  • Episode 4: Sunday, February 5
  • Episode 5: Sunday, February 12
  • Episode 6: Sunday, February 19
  • Episode 7: Sunday, February 26
  • Episode 8: Sunday, March 5
  • Episode 9: Sunday, March 12

Where is The Last of Us available outside the US?

The show releases worldwide at the same time, so there are times for different regions:

  • Canada, Crave at 9 p.m. Sunday
  • UK and Ireland: Sky Atlantic and Now at 2pm Monday
  • Australia: Binge and Foxtel at 1pm AEDT Monday
  • New Zealand: Neon at 3 p.m. Monday

What’s the last of us?

The games are set in a world where an unnervingly believable fungal infection in the brain is turning most of the world’s population into violent cannibals. The games follow grumpy smuggler Joel and his cheerful teenage friend Ellie as they travel across a devastated USA.

Ellie sits in a room with grass on the floor as Tess talks to her in The Last of Us.

Mysterious teen Ellie (left) could change the fate of the world in The Last of Us.


Who’s in it?

The series stars The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal as Joel, with fellow Game of Thrones alumnus Bella Ramsey as Ellie. Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman, Fringe’s Anna Torv and Yellowjackets’ Melanie Lynskey also make an appearance.

Are there trailers?

HBO gave us a few tastes of the show. The most recent trailer arrived in December.

How scary is it?

It is more thriller than horror, with many intense moments. The infected don’t show up very often – Joel and Ellie have more human survivors than monsters – but are used to great effect when they do.

Do I have to have played the games?

No. The show retells the events of the first game, which came out in 2013, with some storylines and background elements expanded.

Writers Craig Mazin (creator of HBO’s Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann (creative director of the games series) added a flashback scene to give newcomers a firm footing in the story’s origins.

However, The Last of Us and the sequel in 2020 are some of the most engaging games ever made. You should definitely dive in if the show intrigues you. The original game is available on PS3, PS4, and PS5 (a PC version is due out on March 3), while the second is currently only on PS4.

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