The Last of Us HBO TV Show: All Details, Release Date, Cast & More

From Joel and Ellie, to the exploits of The Last of Us: Part Two, everyone is cautiously optimistic for the new HBO TV Show. Here's a summary of what we know so far...
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Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey and Gabriel Luna have all joined the cast of HBO's The Last of Us. | © Gabriel Luna via Instagram

Coming to HBO, The Last of Us TV Show will be on our screens within the next two years. Now, whilst we won't see it particularly soon, and not a huge amount has been officially confirmed by HBO, we do have quite a lot to share. After all, the show is so high-profile that we've seen leaks after leaks after leaks.

From Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey joining the set as Joel and Ellie respectively, we already have details to share about the television show's cast, characters, story and release date. Whether much of this is true is yet to be confirmed, however, as things may be liable to change in the months ahead. Thus, we warn you to take everything in this article with a pinch of salt.

[UPDATE: June 9, 2022]

First Look at The Last of Us HBO Show at Summer Games Fest

We have got our very first official look ever at The Last of Us TV Show, featured at Summer Games Fest 2022. The image, which sees Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie respectively, is the first official thing we have actually seen from the upcoming show.

On top of that, it was revealed that Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson will both feature in the show, though it was not revealed who they will respectively play. It is all very exciting, but also very disappointing that so very little was shown during the press conference. It kind of left many of us feeling like "really, was that it?".


Before we begin, however, as of writing, we are coming off the back of two pretty major leaks. Last week, a series of leaked set photos revealed that not only Joel and Ellie will be in the series, but so will Sam and Henry. We are yet to know who has been cast for these two roles, but later in the week, we also got our first dose of actual footage, and it looked darn awesome.

When Is The Last of Us TV Show's Release Date?

Whilst we don't have an exact release date, HBO has confirmed that The Last of Us series will release sometime in 2023. Whilst it might seem disappointing that the wait still feels like it is stretching far into the future, it is actually a good thing that HBO are taking their time with this one.

We don't want this video game adaptation to trash the legacy of The Last of Us and The Last of Us: Part Two, both games that can be put down in the history books as some of the best to ever be released. We want Joel and Ellie's story to be told well, with love and care, so it's good that the show is not being rushed through.

What Is The Story of The Last of Us HBO Show?

We know very little about the story that will feature in HBO's The Last of Us, except that it will cover the events of the original game. Whilst not confirmed by HBO, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that "future seasons" could also come, with the first season only lasting for ten episodes.

One thing that we do have, though, is a synopsis from HBO. It doesn't really tell us any more than we would expect from the show, but here it is:

The story takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
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Ellie will be played by Bella Ramsey in HBO's The Last of Us. | © Naughty Dog

In an interview with the BBC, the show's Executive Producer and Writer, Craig Mazin spoke about the show, trying to reassure fans by saying "I'm doing it with the guy who did it, and so the changes that we're making are designed to fill things out and expand, not to undo, but rather to enhance." Sounds good to us!

Who Has Been Cast in The Last of Us TV Show?

The following is a rough selection of who has been cast to feature in HBO's The Last of Us TV Show. We have included the show's top two writers/executive producers at the top of the list as they are quite significant (as explained below).

Role / CharacterActor / Name

Writer / Executive Producer

Neil Druckmann
Writer / Executive ProducerCraig Mazin
Joel MillerPedro Pascal
EllieBella Ramsey
BillNick Offerman
TessAnna Torv
FrankMurray Bartlett
MarleneMerle Dandridge
TommyGabriel Luna
PerryJeffrey Pierce

Riley Abel

Storm Reid
SarahNico Parker

Mr. Adler

Brad Leland
RobertBrendan Fletcher
HannahSonia Maria Chirila


Max Montesi
JosiahNelson Leis

The Last of Us TV Show Facing Incredible Direction

Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin are both writing and producing HBO's The Last of Us. These gentlemen are integral to the success of the show, and both give us hope for its success. Druckmann, as we're sure that you already know, directed and helped write The Last of Us video games. He is a legendary video game director and has been deeply involved in the production of this new television program.

Craig Mazin, on the other hand, has significant experience producing these kinds of dark and sinister television programs. He is an American screenwriter and film director who made his name creating the absolutely incredible HBO miniseries Chernobyl. With the original creator of The Last of Us bringing his series and creative expertise, and Mazin bringing his incredible television and film experience to the table, it seems hard to imagine them missing the mark.

So there you have it, the cast, story and release date of HBO's The Last of Us, a show that will hopefully prove that video game adaptations can be good (something that cannot be said about the recent Halo TV Show). This all-star cast, Neil Druckmann's active involvement, and the fact that they are allowing plenty of time for the show's development, keep our hopes up for a great new show that will pay tribute to the original games.