First episode of The Last of Us series to air on 15th January

  • Following the release date being mistakenly shared with the public, HBO has confirmed that The Last of Us series will be airing early next year.
  • The first season will feature nine episodes, with it also available to stream via HBO Max.
  • It is unclear at this stage whether it will be available to legally watch in South Africa at the same time.

This week details around HBO’s upcoming The Last of Us series surfaced, with an apparent launch date for the first season revealed. With the cat seemingly out of the bag, HBO decided to confirm said news, noting that the first season would indeed begin airing in the United States from 15th January.

The first episode will air on that Sunday, with season one containing nine episodes in total.

“The nine-episode first season of the HBO Original drama series THE LAST OF US debuts SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 at 9:00p.m. ET/PT on HBO and will be available to stream in 4K on HBO Max,” noted HBO in a blog post.

“THE LAST OF US 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 and heartbreaking journey as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival,” it added.

With HBO finding success with its House of the Dragon GoT spinoff, it looks like The Last of Us is set to be the next big series that people will be talking about, not to mention that the fourth season of Succession is just around the horizon too.

As such, for those with legal access to HBO and HBO Max, there is quite a bit to look forward to. For those in regions where neither service is available, like South Africa for example, the wait continues to see when we’ll be able to watch the series without heading to the high seas.

To that end, we have reached out to Showmax for comment on the matter, as many HBO series often air first on the locally available streaming platform. We will of course update our readers should we hear back from Showmax, but in the interim enjoy the trailer below and start contemplating legal ways to watch this series when it releases in January next year.


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