The Last of Us Episode 5 gets early Friday premiere date

Instead of competing with this year's Super Bowl, the fifth episode of The Last of Us will be out on HBO and HBO Max two days earlier than usual.

It looks like you won't have to choose between watching the Kansas City Chiefs go against the Philadelphia Eagles at this year's Super Bowl and Episode 5 of The Last of Us on February 12. In what's an unprecedented move, HBO has moved the premiere date of The Last of Us Episode 5 two days earlier to February 10 at 9:00 PM / 6:00 PM PST. This means that it won't be splitting its Sunday night show with Super Bowl LVII.

The Last Of Us Episode 5 Gets Early Friday Premiere Date
Episode 4 of HBO's The Last of Us is another deviation by the show from the source material.

Technically, The Last of Us Episode 5 will still air on February 12 at its usual timeslot on HBO. However, it will be available to watch on HBO Max and HBO On Demand starting February 10.

We recommend going with the latter given how immensely popular HBO's The Last of Us has become. After a record-setting premiere episode and a larger follow-up, Episode 3 was the series' most-watched and most divisive episode yet.

At this point, it wouldn't surprise us if the recently-concluded Episode 4 will continue the series' upwards trend, bucking any and all expectations.

What's more interesting here is HBO's willingness to cede its usual Sunday night programming. It didn't make way for this year's Grammy awards, but with the season finale expected to air around the same time as the 95th Academy Awards on March 12, we're curious to see if HBO will move the show's premiere forward. Then again, there's a difference between one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world and an awards ceremony that's been struggling to retain viewership in recent years.

Case in point, last year's Super Bowl saw 99.18 million viewers in the United States watch the Los Angeles Rams win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Last Of Us Episode 5 Gets Early Friday Premiere Date
The Last of Us Episode 4 was tense and frightening, the downright opposite of the feelings evoked by Episode 3.

Speaking of this year's Super Bowl, fans can look forward to watching new trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Flash, Fast X, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, The Little Mermaid, Elemental, Scream 6, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts at Super Bowl LVII.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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