The year is off to a strong start for HBO and its platform. The Last of Us is already a record, enough to dethrone House of the Dragon?
Naughty Dog’s video game adaptation is on everyone’s lips. This month of January is obviously marked by the release of The Last of Us on HBO and HBO Max. The successful factory seems to hold its new juggernaut, at least that is what the first audiences unveiled this Tuesday, January 17, suggest.
In the night from Sunday to Monday, nearly 4.7 million viewers watched the first episode via the cable channel and the SVOD platform. An excellent performance that allows it to become the second best launch of an HBO series in its last ten years. Because if the reputation of the video game franchise has attracted many curious people, it is obviously not as strong as the stamp Game Of Thrones.
Last August, the spin-off House of the Dragon had marked the history of HBO by becoming the biggest launch of a series in the history of the subsidiary of Warner Bros. Discovery. The beginnings of the adventures of Rhaenyra had gathered no less than 9.9 million spectators via HBO and its alternative SVOD. The Last of Us therefore remains far behind its eldest. His performance is no less impressive. It must be said that if Neil Druckmann’s saga is one of the most famous in the video game sector, its popularity does not equal that of Game Of Thrones. She still has eight weeks to convince many new followers.
She still has the opportunity to become a legend. For exemple, Euphoria had only attracted 2.4 million curious people when it was launched in 2019. A few weeks later, there were no less than 19.5 million spectators on average every evening. Thank you word of mouth. Also remember that many should catch up in the week following the broadcast of this first episode.
And if you are still hesitating?
Halfway between the road movie and the zombie movie, The Last of Us follows Joel and Ellie’s journey across the United States. In an America infested with ghouls, and under the direction of a totalitarian state, Joel is entrusted with the mission of transporting a teenage girl to a rebel hideout. Unhappy with the idea of playing babysitter, he will have to do everything to keep her safe and sound.
In the casting, Diego Pascal and Bella Ramsey share the poster. The two actors, whom we had seen in Game Of Thrones, will meet many famous actors of the small screen. This is the case of Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus). Fringe fans will also recognize Anna Torv as Tess.
While the mystery of its distribution in France remained intact until very recently, especially after the end of the contract which linked OCS and HBO until 2022, it was finally Prime Video which obtained the exclusivity of this production in our green countries. New episodes are added to the platform every Monday morning.
Discover The Last of Us on Prime Video