HBO has released a preview trailer for the third episode of its The Last of Us TV show.
Viewable below, the teaser for the show’s next episode introduces Bill and Frank, two post-pandemic survivalists living alone in their own isolated town.
Bill is played by Nick Offerman, who is best known for playing Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, while Frank is played by Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus).
HBO has claimed that The Last of Us enjoyed the largest week two audience growth ever for one of its original drama series.
Based on Naughty Dog’s hit PlayStation series, the HBO adaptation stars Pedro Pascal as smuggler Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie, a 14-year-old girl who might hold the cure to a deadly parasitic virus that has swept the globe.
The Last of Us is produced and written by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann, who also co-wrote and directed the game series.
Over the course of nine episodes, the show’s debut season will cover the events of The Last of Us, which was released at the tail end of the PS3 generation in 2013, and its downloadable expansion The Last of Us: Left Behind, which arrived the following year.
The adaptation, which has been well received by critics, is reportedly overall highly faithful to The Last of Us, although it’s said to include “some radical changes to the game’s story that will shock and perhaps challenge fans”, including one involving Bill.
New episodes premiere on Sunday nights at 9pm ET on HBO Max in the US, and simultaneously on Monday mornings at 2am on Sky Atlantic in the UK.
In a recent interview, Druckmann hinted that the show’s second season will cover The Last of Us Part 2, which debuted for PS4 in 2020, and that Naughty Dog may have plans for a third entry in the series.
Publisher Sony recently confirmed that the PC version of The Last of Us Part 1 will be released on March 3, 2023, via Steam and the Epic Games Store.