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The television adaptation of the PlayStation hit The Last of Us did very well for HBO Max on Sunda Night.
According to Deadline, The Last of Us‘ premiere episode starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey drew 4.7 million viewers across linear and HBO Max. It marked the largest debut after House of the Dragon since Boardwalk Empire launched in 2010.
The highly anticipated Game of Thrones sequel made history for HBO Max premiering with 9.986 million viewers across linear and HBO Max. This marks the largest audience for any new original series in the history of pay cabler. Boardwalk Empire, which starred Steve Buscemi, premiered in 2010 with 4.81 million viewers.
The series takes place 20 years after the destruction of modern civilization due to a fungi infection. Just like the video game, the series follows Joel, a hardened survivor that is hired by the Fireflies to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old teenager. What was to be a simple job turns into a dangerous journey where both Ellie and Joel are going to realize that they need each other to survive.
Along with Pascal and Ramsey, the series stars Gabriel Luna, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Barlett, and Nick Offerman. It also stars Melanie Lynskey, Storm Reid, Merle Dandridge, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker.
Its was written and executive produced by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann.
“Our focus was simply to make the best possible adaptation of this beloved story for as big an audience as we could,” said Mazin and Druckmann. “We are overjoyed to see how many fans, both old and new, have welcomed The Last of Us into their homes and their hearts.”
You can catch the premiere episode and the next eight episodes of the first season of The Last Of Us on HBO Max on Sunday nights.