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The Last of Us TV show has a release date

On Wednesday, The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog announced that the HBO Max live-action TV show adaptation will launch on January 15, 2023.

“You have no idea what loss is,” Naughty Dog tweeted. “#TheLastofUS premieres January 15 on @HBO @hbomax.”

During this year’s Summer Game Fest, Naughty Dog’s co-president Neil Druckmann told Geoff Keighley that the show’s release was likely “closer than you think,” after it finished filming in June. That implication has now been proven true, as the show will debut on HBO Max in a little over two months.

The HBO Max show features Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, Wonder Woman 1984, Game of Thrones) as Joel Miller, Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) as Joel’s younger brother Tommy, Bella Ramsey (Lyanna Mormont on Game of Thrones) as Ellie, and Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation) as Bill. It was filmed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is “authentic to what we made,” according to Druckmann.

Based on the looks at the show we’ve gotten so far, it seems that it will likely follow the events and plot of the first The Last of Us game, with Joel and Ellie making their way across their devastated country together. Anna Torv (Fringe, Heavenly Sword) is playing Tess, so we can pretty safely assume we’ll be seeing Joel’s life before Ellie as well as his journey to get her to the Fireflies. It’s unclear how much of the first game this season will be able to include, so the timeline may stretch across multiple seasons.

Fans will get their first taste of what the HBO Max The Last of Us show has to offer when it premieres on the streaming service in January of next year.

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