We now know how many episodes the first season of The Last of Us will be comprised of.
It seems that the upcoming The Last of Us TV series will be comprised of ten episodes. According to Collider, Executive Producer Craig Mazin confirmed the episode count during the Scriptnotes podcast. Mazin also stated that the show will have five directors across its ten episodes. The first episode will be helmed by Beanpole director Kantemir Balagov. The episode was originally planned to be directed by Chernobyl's Johan Renck who was forced to drop out. Other known directors for The Last of Us include Jasmila Zbanic and Ali Abbasi. It is unknown who the other two directors are.
In another interview, Neil Druckmann, who is co-producing the show and wrote the video game and its sequel, stated that the TV show will deviate greatly from the video game in certain aspects.
"For example, in the game, there's so much action you have to have to train the player about mechanics," Druckmann stated. "You have to have more violence and more spectacle to some degree than you would need on a TV show because you don't need to train people on how to use a gun."
The Last of Us will feature a star-studded cast. It was recently revealed that Nico Parker will be playing the role of Joel's daughter. Joel will be played by The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal. Ellie will be played by Bella Ramsey from Game of Thrones. Gabriel Luna will be playing Tommy, while Merle Dandridge will be reprising her role as Marlene, whom she voices in the games.
The Last of Us will be released by HBO. The Last of Us Part II is currently available on the PlayStation 4, though it did receive a boost on the PlayStation 5 through a recent patch.