As arguably the most anticipated video game adaption for television in history, The Last of Us has some big shoes to fill if it hopes to compete with its 2013 counterpart. Developed by Craig Mazin (opens in new tab) (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann (creator of The Last of Us game series) for HBO Max, the production is reported to be the largest TV production in Canadian history with a budget of around $10 million per episode so of course, everyone wants to know how to watch show.
The show stars Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) as Joel and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) as Ellie and fans around the world will naturally be curious to see how two of the most iconic video game characters are portrayed in the post-apocalyptic drama. The Last of Us series one will consist of nine episodes that will roll out on a weekly basis, starting on January 15th and ending on March 12th, 2023.
As HBO Max is only available in the US, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and certain parts of Europe. we've broken down exactly how to watch The Last of Us at the cheapest price, whether you are in the US, UK, Canada, or Australia. You'll find a full list of available regions via the official site (opens in new tab).
How to watch The Last of Us for less - US
HBO Max with ads | $9.99 per month (opens in new tab)
As The Last of Us is exclusive to HBO Max in the US, the cheapest way to watch the show is via the streaming platform. Its lowest tier is available for under $10 a month with a limited number of ads included too. You can also save 16% with a yearly subscription for $99.99 (opens in new tab).
HBO Max ad-free | $15.99 per month (opens in new tab)
If you wish to go without ads, HBO Max offers an ad-free version of the subscription platform for a higher rate of $15.99 per month. You can also save 20% with a yearly subscription for $149.99 (opens in new tab).
Episodes will debut in the US on HBO Max at 6PM PST/9PM EST, starting from January 15th, 2023.
How to watch The Last of Us for less - UK
NOW TV (Entertainment) | £9.99 per month (opens in new tab)
As HBO Max is not available in the UK, how to watch The The Last of Us at the cheapest price is via a monthly NOW TV Entertainment Pass. This can be canceled at any time and will be available to stream from January 16th, 2023. A bundle package with a NOW TV Entertainment and Cinema Pass for £12 (opens in new tab) a month is also available. Anyone with a Sky subscription (opens in new tab) will also be able to watch The Last of Us via Sky Atlantic.
We've also detailed the full The Last of Us release schedule surrounding HBO and Sky.
How to watch The Last of Us for less - Canada
Crave (Mobile)| $9.99 per month (opens in new tab)
How to watch in Canada? Crave will be the exclusive home of The Last of Us. The cheapest way to watch the show will be via a monthly Crave Mobile subscription that allows you to watch all of its content library via your mobile device. You can also save $19.98 if you take out an annual subscription for $99.90 (opens in new tab).
Crave (Total) | $19.99 per month (opens in new tab)
A Crave Total subscription will allow you to watch The Last of Us across all devices, so if you want that big-screen experience, this is the one for you. You can also save $39.98 by opting for an annual subscription for $199.90 (opens in new tab).
How to watch The Last of Us for less - Australia
Binge | AU$10 per month
(opens in new tab)Those in Australia will have the choice of Foxtel and Binge to watch The Last of Us, with the latter offering a much cheap entry point of $10 per month. The subscription is ad-free and lets you cancel at any time.
The only real negative against the streamer is how to watch HBO Max content outside of the US with ease, due to the platform still not being available in all territories. That and the platform decided to increase its non-ad subscription by a dollar just before the launch of The Last of Us.
While an HBO Max free trial might not be available anymore, there are, at least, other alternatives and bundles to get access to the streaming platform. We've even got all the latest HBO Max prices and deals, all surrounding how to stream the TV shows and moves everyone's talking about.
The Last of Us episode reviews
- The Last of Us episode 1 review: "Expands on the games – and often betters them"
- The Last of Us episode 2 review: "A more calculated entry that focuses on Joel and Ellie"
- The Last of Us episode 3 review: "An early contender for one of 2023's best episodes"
Is HBO Max worth it?(opens in new tab)
The short answer: yes. We're big fans of HBO Max and The Last of Us is set up to be the next must-watch TV show on the streamer. Reviews have been universally positive with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab) score earned from critics.
Aside from this, HBO Max boasts the best series around such as Barry, Euphoria, Succession, Peacemaker, Doom Patrol, Chernobyl, Game of Thrones, True Detective, Vepp, The White Lotus, The Flight Attendant, Big Little Lies, Watchmen, Lovecraft Country, Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and many, many more fantastic shows. It by far offers the best bang for your buck in terms of value of content.
Don't forget to check out our The Last of Us Part 1 review, including why Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann decided on scaling back the violence for the TV show. Showrunner Craig Mazin also spoke about casting "the best Ellie ever" in Bella Ramsey.