The 2 Lowest-Rated Episodes Of The Last Of Us Have Something In Common

The Last of Us has wowed viewers since it first hit screens with its incredible characters and heartbreaking stories, but, like every other show, some episodes are going to be worse than others.

However, when it comes to The Last Of Us‘ 2 lowest-rated episodes, something is clearly up, with both having a huge portion of one-star ratings compared to other episodes.

Per Deadline, the show’s first 2 episodes were viewed by over twenty million people, making it HBO’s fourth current show to average over fifteen million viewers, and now we’re on the sixth episode and it’s only growing.

It’s no wonder that they’ve already renewed it for a second season!

At the start of the year, 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.

However, there are 2 episodes that have suffered hugely in online ratings thanks to homophobes on the internet.

Episode 3, titled ‘Long Long Time’ was widely praised as one of the best episodes of a show ever, as it follows the love story of Bill and Frank throughout the years of the cordyceps disaster.

At the time, fans loved it, with one writing: “Episode 3 of The Last of Us was one of the most hauntingly beautiful, sad, profound, heartbreaking and memorable hours of TV I’ve ever seen. Murray Bartlett and Nick Offerman gave performances beyond words. And all of it to advance the storyline that Joel needed a car. Amazing.”

However, when you look at its score on IMDb it only achieves 8 out of ten stars, with over twenty-five percent of those being one star reviews.

Similarly, episode 7 ‘Left Behind’ has a score of just 7.4, with thirteen percent of those being one star. This episode is one where viewers get to see Ellie’s backstory, and her past relationship with Riley.

With this in mind, it is pretty clear to viewers as to why these 2 episodes are rated the lowest, and it’s pretty disappointing that this is still happening in 2023.

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