The fifth episode of the popular TV series The Last of Us will air a little bit earlier than planned, which is exciting news for fans of the show.
The fifth episode of The Last of Us will air 2 days earlier on February 10 because HBO doesn’t want it to conflict with the Super Bowl in the US. Normally, episode 5 would air at the same time.
Episodes of The Last of Us are typically released on Monday mornings in the UK, but because episode 5’s US time slot has changed, it will now be available on demand on Saturday, February 11, over here.
Last month, audiences were first introduced to the HBO Max series, which is the first live-action adaptation since the video game wowed audiences way back in 2013.
Just like the games, the series is set in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by an unstoppable, brain-eating, fungal outbreak that transforms humans into cannibals.
The writers have been commended for honouring the original source material, which rapidly gathered a devoted fan base when it first came out. The engaging storylines, impressive visuals, and music propelled it to its massive success.
For those who haven’t watched the show, Joel, portrayed by Pedro Pascal, is a ruthless smuggler who is responsible for transporting the young teen Ellie Williams (Bella Ramsey) to a medical facility situated on the opposite side of the country after it turns out she’s immune to the infection, leading him to believe she could hold the cure to the deadly parasite.
The Last of Us premiered on January 15, and has been met with rave reviews from both critics and fans, resulting in an unbelievable score of 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes when it first hit screens.
Since episode 3 dropped, the show has increased it’s viewership.
In the episode titled Long Long Time, fans got to meet 2 new characters, Bill, a paranoid survivalist played by Nick Offerman, and Frank (Murray Bartlett), who were only ever briefly mentioned in the games.
The episode is set just a little while after the outbreak and centers around the partnership they both share before going on to meet Joel and Ellie on their journey to deliver her to the Fireflies.
This differs from the games entirely, as in them the pair die way before Joel and Ellie meet, both resorting to taking their own lives.
But it seems like this alternate character arc has gone down extremely well with fans, despite the change of direction.
One fan wrote that it “will probably go down in history as one of the greatest episodes of TV ever made”.
Another echoed: “The last of us episode 3, one of the best episodes of television I’ve ever watched.”
A third added: “Ok so #LastOfUs ep 3 is one of the most moving and beautiful and devastating stand-alone tv episodes I’ve ever seen. I love that it showed us another option in the end of the world than the Walking Dead’s ‘hell is other people.’”
The episodes just keep getting better, so the fact we don’t have to wait as long for episode 5 is pretty exciting.
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