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The Last Of Us was HBO's second-largest debut since 2010

Kate Harrold

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The Last Of Us was HBO's second-largest debut since 2010

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I have never talked about The Last of Us as much as I have in the last few days and let me tell you, I talk about The Last of Us a lot. HBO’s TV adaptation has finally premiered and my friends, we have been well and truly blessed. We’ve been scarred before. From Mark Wahlberg as Sully to Master Chief deciding to get his ass out, 2022 featured some rocky adaptations but 2023 is off to a glowing start.

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The Last of Us is the highest-rated TV show of all time at the moment on IMDb and fans have heaped praise on the ‘perfect’ first episode - especially for Mercy the dog. That dog put its heart and soul into the Outbreak Day scene, and we’re grateful. The Last of Us is also helping people’s parents finally understand why they love gaming so much. How wholesome is that? The success doesn’t end there though. The Last of Us is now HBO’s second-largest debut since 2010.

Take a look at this incredible trailer teasing what’s to come in the weeks ahead on The Last of Us.

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As reported by Deadline, The Last of Us is HBO’s second-largest debut since 2010, sitting only behind House of the Dragon. The TV adaptation of Naughty Dog’s iconic 2013 game drew in a whopping 4.7 million viewers. In comparison, House of the Dragon was watched by 9.986 million viewers which is a pretty big lead but, of course, House of the Dragon was a spin-off of what is arguably the biggest series of all-time, Game of Thrones.

The Last of Us is certainly one of the biggest games of all time, but it’s not necessarily a household name outside of gaming circles, so to draw in 4.7 million viewers is a massive achievement. This doesn’t take into account international viewers. CEO and chairman of HBO Casey Bloys said, “We are thrilled to see fans of the series and game alike experience this iconic story in a new way, and we extend our gratitude to them for helping to make it a success [...] We look forward to fans around the world enjoying the rest of the season."

Given the show’s success, you’d imagine that it won’t be long before a second season is confirmed. House of the Dragon confirmed the news after just two episodes. I need to see Part II brought to life - I’m sure you all agree.

Topics: The Last Of Us, Naughty Dog, TV And Film

Kate Harrold
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