HBO has struck the bull's eye with the series adaptation of The Last of Us. After an already excellent start, the second episode immediately sets a new record.
Everyone should have realized by now that The Last of Us isn't a terrible video game adaptation. The first episode was already a smash hit, putting HBO in first place as a series star, behind the Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon.
The first episode of Joel and Ellie's journey on HBO and HBO Max was watched by 4.7 million people, with 18 million more people watching it now.
The second episode has now appeared on HBO, setting a new high, namely the highest increase in viewership from the first to the second week of a HBO series. On its first night, the second episode was able to attract another 22% more viewers, i.e. 5.7 million people.
HBO has published these statistics at least on Monday, confirming the Naughty Dog Studios' successful implementation of the video game. The series' clout has also influenced the games themselves – the first installment of The Last of Us is on the rise again ten years after its release in the United Kingdom.
Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey are expected to break new records if the series maintains its momentum following the first two episodes. A new trailer for the third episode, which will air next week, has already been released:
Trailer for Episode 3 of The Last of Us (HBO)
The Last of Us HBO series is booming, and the third episode's teaser is already out.