‘The Last of Us’ release schedule: When is episode 3 coming to HBO Max?

Joel and Ellie’s apocalyptic journey is underway HBO Maxwith sections 1 and 2 of The last of us now available on the streaming service.

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

The show premiered on January 15, drawing an audience of 10 million in the first two dayswith episodes coming every week 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 will 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 timeslot 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 drops globally at the same time, so there are times for multiple regions:

  • Canada, Crave at 21 Sunday
  • UK & Ireland: Sky Atlantic and now at 2am Monday
  • Australia: Binge and Foxtel at 1pm AEDT Monday
  • New Zealand: Neon at 15.00 Monday

What is the last of us?

Set in a world where an unnervingly believable fungal brain infection turns most of the world’s population into violent cannibals, the games follow grumpy smuggler Joel and his optimistic teenage friend Ellie as they travel through a devastated United States.

Ellie is sitting in the room with grass on the floor while Tess talks to her in The Last of Us.

The mysterious teenager Ellie (left) could change the fate of the world in The Last of Us.


Who is in it?

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

Are there trailers?

HBO gave us a few tasters of the show. The latest trailer arrived in December.

How scary is that?

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

Should I have played the games?

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

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

However, The Last of Us and its 2020 successor 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 will be released on March 3), while the other is currently only on PS4.

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