Both The Last of Us games experienced a surge in sales on Amazon after their TV premieres. His HBO series The Last of Us, which premiered on January 15, was a huge hit, with 4.7 million viewers for its first episode, his second biggest debut after House of the Dragon. The HBO series, based on the critically acclaimed Naughty Dog action-adventure video game of the same name, follows Joel and Ellie as they travel across America battling cordyceps-infected zombies.
An equally talented cast includes Pedro Pascal as Joel and Vera Ramsey as Ellie, Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Nick Offerman as Bill and Merle Dandridge as Marlene doing. After the premiere of the first episode, interest in The Last of Us game seemed to grow, and it landed on Amazon’s “Best Selling PlayStation 4 Games” list. The Last of Us Part 2 took first place and two versions of The Last of Us Remastered took third and fifth place, beating out other popular games such as God of War Ragnarok and Hogwarts Legacy.
Neil Druckmann, creator of The Last of Us and co-president of Naughty Dog, previously said in an interview with The New Yorker that the HBO series will stick to its compelling storytelling to make it a video game adaptation. He said he wanted to break the curse of a few changes to it don’t compromise the integrity of the title. One notable change was replacing The Last of Us spores with vines, which received mixed reactions from longtime fans. But with the premiere of The Last of Us pilot, the overall reception has been positive so far.
Even averaging his 96% viewership rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Like other video game adaptations, HBO’s The Last of Us has game-accurate scenes that left a lasting impression on both players who had already experienced them and viewers who saw them for the first time. This could be a sign that good things are on the way for the series, which is set to air a total of nine episodes, as it adds nuance to certain scenes while not straying too far from the original material. It’s too early to tell if The Last of Us Part 2 will get its own adaptation later, but some fans are already asking about it.
Rumor has it that Naughty Dog has at least The Last of Us Part 3 in the works.