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How to watch the new episode of 'The Last of Us'

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If you haven't yet been infected by "The Last of Us" bug, you might be stronger than Ellie. The gritty HBO series, based on the popular Playstation video game of the same name, has been grabbing headlines since its debut and seems to have a fanbase growing faster than Cordyceps. 

If you've yet to catch up, here's how to join the masses and start watching "The Last of Us" for free. 

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HBO Max, $10 and up per month 

This week's incoming episode, titled "When We Are in Need," will see Ellie and Joel's roles reversed, with Ellie fighting to protect Joel and herself from a seemingly sinister new group of survivors. Troy Baker (who played Joel in the video game) and Scott Shepherd guest star in Episode 8 of "The Last of Us," premiering Mar. 5 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max. 

"The Last of Us" is up in viewership overall by 37% since its debut, with Episode 3 garnering 6.4 million viewers upon its premiere. Episode 1 of "The Last of Us" is now streaming totally free on HBO Max. 

If you've yet to join the crowd, it's not too late. Whether you only want to check out Nick Offerman or Melanie Lynskey's storylines in "The Last of Us," or are here to find out when the next episode is dropping, keep reading to find out where to watch HBO's "The Last of Us."

Where to stream "The Last of Us"

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The new video game adaptation is currently streaming on HBO Max, with new episodes dropping every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

The eighth episode of the series airs on HBO this Sunday, Mar. 5 at 9 p.m. ET. 

How much does HBO Max cost?

An ad-supported HBO Max plan will cost you $10 per month, and an ad-free one will cost $16 per month. 

HBO Max, $10 and up per month 

Where to watch "The Last of Us" for free? 

While HBO Max doesn't currently offer a free trial, you can check out the first episode of select HBO series for free -- including the first episode of "The Last of Us," plus hits like "House of the Dragon," "The White Lotus" and more. 

The Last of Us" Episode 1, now streaming free on HBO Max

Who stars in "The Last of Us" cast?

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The adaptation of the 2013 Playstation 3 video game stars "The Mandalorian" actor Pedro Pescal and Bella Ramsey alongside Anna Torv, Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, Melanie Lynskey and more.

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