The Last of Us Season 1 Release Date: The TV series The Last of Us is ready to premiere. The epic first episode of the HBO and Sky Atlantic drama, in which we get to know the live-action avatars of Joel and Ellie, premieres on Sunday, January 15.
Based on the wildly popular video game Naughty Dog, the sci-fi series stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as its primary cast members. We will accompany them on their perilous trek across a post-apocalyptic America throughout nine episodes. Craig Mazin, a Chornobyl employee, and Neil Druckmann, a co-president of Naughty Dog, created the series.
And now that the show is almost ready to air, we already know a lot about what to expect, from some of the adaptation’s adjustments to the multi-season strategy of the show’s creators. So check out the following guide if you want to catch up on all that has been released about the series.
The Last of Us Season 1 Release Date
On January 15, The Last of Us will be available on HBO and HBO Max. On January 16, it will air on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK one day later. There will be nine episodes in the first season, which will air each week on Sundays and Mondays in the US and UK, respectively.
The Last of Us Season 1 Cast
There are several recognizable actors in The Last of Us TV cast. The two leads are, first and foremost, Pedro Pascal from The Mandalorian as Joel and Bella Ramsey from Game of Thrones as Ellie.
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Pascal is best recognized for his roles as Oberyn Martell in the fourth season of Game of Thrones, Javier Pea’s Narcos on Netflix, and the titular role in The Mandalorian. As Lyanna Mormont, Ramsey was a Game of Thrones fan favorite. Gabriel Luna will portray Tommy as Joel’s younger brother. Previous appearances by Luna include portions in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, True Detective, and Terminator: Dark Fate.
Merle Dandridge, who also performed the part in the computer game, will portray Marlene, the commander of The Fireflies. Marlene is the reason Joel and Ellie cross paths. Sarah, Joel’s daughter, will be performed by Nico Parker.
In Tim Burton’s 2019 remake of Dumbo, Parker played Milly Farrier, which was her breakthrough performance. She also appeared in three episodes of the 2020 HBO series The Third Day as Ellie (not that Ellie), which you may have seen.
Nick Offerman will portray Bill, and Murray Bartlett will play Frank. Deadline(opens in new tab) describes the couple as “two post-pandemic survivalists living alone in their remote village.” Jeffrey Pierce, Tommy’s video game voice actor, will portray Perry, a brand-new character.
Tess, a fellow smuggler and friend of Joel who assisted Joel and Ellie in reaching the Fireflies, will be portrayed by Anna Torv. Tess will appear again throughout the series, so you can anticipate seeing her in more than one episode. Riley will be performed by Storm Reid, indicating that the Left Behind DLC would (at the very least) be loosely adapted for the show.
Brad Leland will portray a mysterious guy by the name of Mr. Adler. Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who played Joel and Ellie in the video game, will also have unspecified roles. Johnson, though, is rumored to be playing Ellie’s mother, according to the full-length clip.
Lamar Johnson will play Henry, and Kevionn Woodard will play his brother, Sam, according to IGN(opens in new tab). Although Joel and Ellie first meet the brothers in Pittsburgh in the game, they do so in Kansas City, where they hide from vengeful revolutionaries.
The new characters Florence and Marlon will be portrayed by Elaine Miles and Graham Greene. The first trailer revealed another unique character, Kathleen, who Melanie Lynskey of Yellowjackets would represent. “A vicious leader of a revolutionary movement,” describes Kathleen.
There is a specific composer in addition to the cast of actors and the director. Similar to what he did for the first two games, Gustavo Santaolalla will provide the music for the HBO series.
The Last of Us Season 1 Story
HBO’s official synopsis states, “The story 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 across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.”
The show’s writers have been transparent about how they plan to develop the game’s narrative. In this instance, Mazin told the BBC, “I’m doing it alongside [Neil Druckmann], so the adjustments that we’re making are aimed to fill things out and expand, not to undo, but rather to enrich.” He added that a moment from the TV series that isn’t in the games will wow us and make your next gameplay more enjoyable.
In the end, adaptability is all about making decisions. And we may discuss how we make those decisions until our faces turn blue, said Mazin. And it involves a lot of arithmetic. But for me, the question, “What do I love?” kept coming up. What would affect me as a fan if I didn’t see it in the show?
“And what do I think we would have to change to adapt to a passive medium that isn’t interactive, that doesn’t require gameplay? And what are the things we can be inspired by and adjust and let ourselves be creative, but always within the bounds of ‘what do we love’?”
The show’s makers have expressed a desire to renew it after one season. Druckmann and Mazin revealed that Part 1 would be covered in the first season while speaking to The Hollywood Reporter(opens in new tab). They also hinted that the second season would concentrate on Naughty Dog’s Part 2 sequel.
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But, whether it will continue beyond Part 2, The Last of Us creative director Druckmann told The Hollywood Reporter: “We have no plans to tell any stories beyond adapting the games. We won’t run into the same issue as Game of Thrones since Part 2 doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.”
The Last of Us Season 1 Trailer
Joel and Ellie’s trip through post-apocalyptic America is shown in The Last of Us trailer, which also features many of the game’s most memorable scenes. The pair’s wintertime journey through Colorado’s snow-covered countryside and a few views of the game’s prologue are among those seen. The full-length trailer is available above.
The first season will consist of nine episodes written by Mazin and Druckmann; the latter wrote and directed the game. Original game composer Gustavo Santaolalla will compose the score. The series is set to debut on January 15, 2023. Stay connected to our website NogMagazine.com for related updates.
Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.