The Last of Us has broken the curse of video game adaptations, achieving a stunning 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Post-apocalyptic storytelling at its finest, season one stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie, two survivors venturing west across a United States that's been laid to waste by a mutant fungus. All nine episodes of The Last of Us are available to watch now, so read on as we explain how to watch The Last of Us TV show in the UK or anywhere else, and potentially for FREE.
Don't be put off if you're not familiar with the video game series of the same name. Although there's no shortage of snarling, otherworldly creatures and sweeping shots of landmarks turned graveyards, The Last of Us TV show is, at its core, a deeply affecting tale about empathy, companionship and the universal capacity to endure and find inner strength when all hope seems lost.
Stoic Texan Joel, a family man hardened by tragedy and pain, is hired as a transporter for 14-year-old Ellie, whose impudent charm conceals a unique and extraordinary ability. Thus, what started out as a simple errand becomes a journey of hope – though at times, the infected are the least of their troubles.
Written by Craig Mazin, who directed the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning miniseries Chernobyl, and Neil Druckmann, the creator of the critically acclaimed video game of the same name, the nine-part series was one of the biggest TV events of 2023, so follow our guide for full details on how to watch The Last of Us online from anywhere.
How to watch The Last of Us in the US without cable
In the US, The Last of Us premiered at 9pm ET/PT on Sunday, January 15. There are nine episodes in total, airing in the same slot every week. Episode 8 (When We Are in Need) arrives on March 5. Then it's the finale (Episode 9, Look for the Light) on March 12.
If you've cut the cord or don't have HBO as part of your cable package, you can instead watch The Last of Us on Max instead.
There are three Max price points including $9.99 a month with ads (Ad-Lite) and $15.99 a month without ads (Ad-Free).
What else can I watch on Max?
That's a total bargain, considering you'll get access to a huge library of top-drawer entertainment: over 13,000 films and TV shows including His Dark Materials, The White Lotus, Westworld, award-winning animation from Studio Ghibli, DC Universe content like Peacemaker, plus Euphoria, The Matrix Resurrections, and of course Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon.
The 7-day HBO Max free trial has long since been discontinued. But, if you're a current HBO Now subscriber or pay for HBO through your cable provider, you could be entitled to HBO Max at no extra cost.
Devices compatible with HBO Max include iPhone and Android devices, Apple and Samsung TVs, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, Chromecast and Chromebooks, and laptops and PCs. HBO Max on Roku and Amazon Fire Stick is also available.
How to watch The Last of Us online from outside your country
Not at home when new episodes of The Last of Us air? If you're going to be away, you’ll find the content you’re trying to watch geo-blocked where you are.
Luckily, a VPN provides a simple solution. This piece of software alters your IP address to that of another country, which means you can gain access to your preferred streaming service and watch episodes of the latest buzz-worthy shows from anywhere.
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Once downloaded, find the location of your home country – or select it from the pre-defined list – and just click connect. Now you’ll be able to watch The Last of US online from anywhere, and won’t have to worry about missing a moment.
How to watch The Last of Us online in the UK
In the UK, The Last of Us premiered on Sky Atlantic at 2am GMT on Monday, January 16 (that’s late Sunday night/early Monday morning). New episodes at the same time each week (there's a repeat showing at the more reasonable time of 9pm GMT). Episode 7 lands on Monday, February 27.
Sky subscribers can also stream The Last of Us on the go with their mobile devices through the Sky Go streaming service, which has dedicated apps for iOS, iPadOS and Android devices, along with Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
If you're not a Sky customer, you can check out our dedicated guide to Sky TV deals and packages for today's best prices.
Don't fancy being locked in to a long, expensive contract? Consider the more flexible streaming option, Now. Now entertainment passes start at £9.99.
How to watch The Last of Us in Canada for FREE
Viewers in Canada can watch all nine episodes of The Last of Us on Crave.
You can subscribe to Crave for CA$9.99 a month (plus tax), or £19.99 per month for a much better service. New subscribers get a 7-day FREE trial too!
Crave offers classic HBO series, on-demand movies, Crave originals and Showtime content, including addictive TV shows like The Gloaming, Dexter, and 30 Rock, in addition to the major HBO/Max releases, such as We Own This City.
How to watch The Last of Us online for FREE in Australia
All nine episodes of The Last of Us are available to watch now on Binge in Australia.
Starting at AU$10 a month, Binge is very temptingly priced, and what's more, new customers are entitled to a generous 14-day FREE trial, meaning you can try before you buy.
You also have the option of Foxtel and Foxtel Now, which offers more of a full package, cable-like experience. Boasting 70+ channels and a 10-day free trial ($25 a month after), the Foxtel Now Essentials Base pack lets you watch The Last of Us.
Once subscribed, you’ll get access to 10,000 hours of content: reality shows, dramas, comedies and documentaries including His Dark Materials, House of the Dragon, and The White Lotus. It also offers more than 800 movies, and content from HBO, FX, and Warner Bros.
The Last of US – release schedule (US/Canada)
- Episode 1 – January 15, 2023 – available now
- Episode 2 – January 22, 2023 – available now
- Episode 3 – January 29, 2023 – available now
- Episode 4 – February 5, 2023 – available now
- Episode 5 – February 12, 2023 – available now
- Episode 6 – February 19, 2023 – available now
- Episode 7 – February 26, 2023 – available now
- Episode 8 – March 5, 2023 – available now
- Episode 9 – March 12, 2023 – available now
How many episodes of The Last of Us are there?
The Last of Us season one will feature nine episodes in total.
When is the Last of Us season 2 out?
Season 2 is being written as we speak, but don't expect it to appear on your TV screen (or laptop) anytime soon. The second series is tipped to arrive in mid-2024, or perhaps even early 2025.
What actors are in The Last of Us TV show?
Joel Miller: Pedro Pascal
Ellie Williams: Bella Ramsey
Tommy Miller: Gabriel Luna
Marlene: Merle Dandridge
Tess Servopoulos: Anna Torv
Sarah Miller: Nico Parker
Bill: Nick Offerman
Frank: Murray Bartlett
Riley Abel: Storm Reid
Henry and Sam: Lamar Johnson and Keivonn Woodard
David: Scott Shepherd/Nelson Leis
Supporting roles: Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson
Is The Last of Us a zombie show?
Yes and no. While some of the mutant horrors awaiting the heroes at the heart of The Last of Us are zombie-esque, these aren't the kind of zombies you'd find in other TV series such as The Walking Dead (they move much faster, for example).
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Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.