Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey starrer The Last of Us has been breaking records ever since its first episode was aired on January 15 (Sunday) on HBO. Through the first two episodes, fans have been able to meet Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) as they embark on a trip across the country to potentially find a cure for the Cordyceps virus which has turned entire mankind into zombies. The response to The Last of Us season 1 has been incredibly positive, with episode 2 drawing in even more viewers than the nearly record-setting debut episode. Seeing the record-breaking response, HBO on Friday announced that The Last of Us will be renewed for the second season. Notably, in a short time, The Last of Us has made a massive impact worldwide. For the unversed, The last of Us web series is the adaptation of the super-hit video game of the same name. It is also among the major factors why The Last of Us has become HBO’s second-largest debut, behind only 2022's House of the Dragon. Now, coming to The Last of Us Episode 3 release date and timing- here's what you should know-

The Last of Us Episode 3 release date, time and more

In the United States, The Last of Us Episode 3 will be released on January 29 (Sunday) directly to HBO and HBO plus at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Directed by game writer Neil Druckmann, The Last of Us Episode 3 is titled 'Long Long Time'. Talking about The Last of Us Ep 3 India release date, it will be aired on Disney Plus Hotstar on Monday and it will be available for streaming after 8:30 am (IST). In the UK, the episodes of The Last of Us are all set to air weekly on Sky Atlantic weekly at 2 am on Mondays. The previously aired episodes will also be available to watch on demand on Sky and streaming services. For those who are yet to start streaming The Last of Us, it is "The live-action series that takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed". 'Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie, a pair connected through the harshness of the world they live in, are forced to endure brutal circumstances and ruthless killers on a trek across a post-pandemic America."

The Last of Us Ep 3 expected plot

The Last of Us Episode 2 left us heartbroken after Tess was infected and she sacrificed her life to let Joel and Ellie continue the voyage to the Fireflies and find a cure to the apocalyptic disease. The Last of Us Episode 3 trailer has been shared by HBO and it promises a roller coaster ride. Going by the trailer, The Last of Us Episode 3 will introduce the fans to the fireflies and their members. Furthermore, Joel and Elli might reach their destination. However, what raised everyone's eyes when The Last of Us Episode 3 trailer showcased a new kind of zombie.

The Last of Us Episode 2: Who are the 'Super-Infected' & how Ellie got bit? Explained

It is pertinent to mention here that in episode 2, Ellie had talked about the Super-Infected. During her discussions with Tess and Ellie had mentioned the description of the 'Super Infected'. Talking to Tess and Joel, Ellie said, "So there aren’t superinfected that explode fungus spores on you?...Or ones with split-open heads that see in the dark like bats?" Going by what Ellie described and asked, the two kinds of Super Infected will indeed emerge in the upcoming episodes. And therefore, the mysterious zombie HBO has shown in The Last of Us Ep 3 trailer, can be linked to the Super Infected.

What is the Cordyceps outbreak?

Cordyceps are a genus of fungi comprising more than 600 species. What most of these species have in common is that they are parasites, growing inside the body of a host until they eventually kill it. All the stories you heard about zombie ants eaten from the inside out by fungi are true, and the cordyceps are to blame. A cordyceps usually attaches itself to another creature and slowly replaces its tissues, altering the neurological behavior of its victim. For instance, when cordyceps infect bugs, they take over their bodies and convince them to search higher places where they can spread their spores and contaminate even more bugs. It’s all part of the biological imperative that pushes all living creatures to reproduce and ensure the continuity of their genetic pool. But in the case of cordyceps, the result is terrifying.

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