HBO’s The Last of Us just ended its fourth episode on quite the cliffhanger, but fans won’t have to wait that long to see how it plays out. The broadcasting network has announced that the series’ upcoming fifth episode, titled Endure and Survive, will air early on Friday at its usual time slot, as opposed to its regularly scheduled Sunday programming. This change has been made to avoid competition with the NFL’s Super Bowl, which is currently scheduled to be air through Sunday evening. The Last of Us’ move from Sunday to Friday is, of course, a temporary one, as the show will resume its regular date and time with the following sixth episode.
The Last of Us, an acclaimed television adaptation of the original 2013 video game, has grown its viewership with each passing episode but is likely smart to step out of the way for a ratings juggernaut like the Super Bowl. This year’s match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles is just the latest in a decades-long tradition of the NFL taking over late-night in early February, something most shows have been keen on moving away from since the beginning of its reign.
The Last of Us stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in the leading roles of Joel and Ellie, with Anna Torv, Merle Dandridge, Gabriel Luna, and Nick Offerman as supporting cast. Showrunner Craig Mazin also serves as a head writer alongside franchise creator Neil Druckmann, with Gustavo Santaolalla returning from the games to score.