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The Last of Us HBO Series Reported to Cost Over $10M Per Episode

The Last of Us

As one of the most anticipated TV series of next year, HBO’s The Last of Us may also be one of the most expensive shows of all time with a reported cost of over $10 million per episode.

With a planned ten episodes for the first season, that makes the series based on the award-winning video game at least a $100 million venture. Of course this doesn’t come close to Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series that is reported to cost a total of $465 million, but it’s still an impressive chunk of change.

“The Last of Us, which commences photography this week, is indeed a monster,” said IATSE 212 President Damian Petti. “It has five art directors and employs an army of hundreds of technicians. It has had six months of prep and shoots (in Alberta) for 12 months.”

And what will we get for that small fortune? Luckily, I compiled a list last week of what we know we can expect (so far) from the show. That list includes the all-star cast list with Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, the known plot so far, who’s making the show, and even some background info on the failed movie plans.

Filming is currently underway in Calgary with a few set photos making their way through social media already this month.

Petti is not only optimistic about the series itself, but also its impact on the Canadian economy. “…there is a multiplier effect on our economy in terms of its impact. There are hundreds of related businesses benefitting from the plethora of work.”

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Filming is expected to continue through to June of 2022, but no release window has been set. Many speculate on a late 2022 premier, but we may not see anything until early 2023.


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Shawn has been infatuated with the post-apocalyptic genre since he wore out his horribly American-dubbed VHS of the original Mad Max as a child. Shawn is the former Editor-in-Chief at Joystiq's, creator of the Aftermath post-apocalyptic immersion event, and host of the Through the Aftermath podcast for over 11 years. He currently resides on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere with his wife and four children.

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