Fans tuned in to see the video game come to life.
The Last of Us--which debuted on HBO Max this past weekend–was a hit with critics and horror fans alike, piling up impressive viewing numbers, according to a report on Deadline.
The opening episode of the small-screen adaptation of the popular Naughty Dog video game drew 4.7 million viewers, making it the best coming-out party–after the Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon–since Boardwalk Empire kicked off in 2010.
Last year’s House of the Dragon debut set the bar high, piling up nearly 10 million viewers, and Boardwalk Empire started out with 4.8 million viewers.
The Last of Us–from executive producers and writers Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann–is set 20 years after our modern civilization has been destroyed, and monsters roam the land. Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsey) out of an oppressive quarantine zone. The job is even more difficult than it sounds.
The series also stars Gabriel Luna, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Merle Dandridge, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Kelvonn Woodard, Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker.
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