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The first episode of HBO’s The Last of Us TV show has been made available for free on YouTube.
HBO has previously released debut episodes of its series, including House of the Dragon, as a means of building momentum.
The show, which has been critically lauded, airs weekly on Sky in the UK, and on HBO in other territories, both of which require a subscription. Viewers in the UK can also watch the show with NowTV.
HBO claimed earlier this week that the second episode of The Last of Us saw record growth in terms of viewing figures from the show’s debut.
The second episode of the adaptation aired on Sunday night in the US where it attracted 5.7 million viewers – up 22% compared to the first episode.
“This marks the largest week two audience growth for an HBO Original drama series in the history of the network,” the company said on Monday.
In a recent interview, Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann – who also co-produced and co-wrote the show – hinted that a potential second season would cover The Last of Us Part 2, and that Naughty Dog may have plans for a third entry in the series.
“People see bad adaptations and it adds credence to the idea that games are childish,” Druckmann told The Hollywood Reporter. “I love the idea that someone could watch this and be moved by it and then be like, ‘Wait, that’s based on the video game?’”