A wealth of new shows are coming to the HBO Max streaming service in the coming months
The Last Of Us, Succession, House of the Dragon, and Industry are some of the many titles joining HBO Max. HBO released the first images of “The Last of Us”, a series based on the popular video game saga of the same title. The show will tell the story of characters Joel and Ellie, played by Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. As they seek to survive a zombie apocalypse.
Pedro Pascal’s character in the series is Joel, a disgruntled and misanthropic smuggler. He’s tasked with escorting Bella Ramsey’s Ellie, a young woman who might hold the key to fighting a deadly plague of fungi that has turned the world’s population into zombies.
Another important character that appears in the video is Bill (Nick Offerman). A lone survivor who, in the video game, maintains an uneasy alliance with Joel and Ellie.
HBO Max has also added House of the Dragon, with nearly 10 million tuning in to the first episode. It went live on HBO Max in 21 European countries across the Nordics, Netherlands, Central Eastern Europe and Iberia at 3am CET on Monday. Making the Game of Thrones spinoff HBO’s most-watched series premiere in the network’s history.
“The ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel recaptured the fire of HBO’s original masterpiece in a big way,”Ashwin Navin, co-founder and CEO of the research firm Samba TV
Samba TV estimated that the HBO series more than doubled the first-day viewership for Netflix’s new season of “Stranger Things” this summer.
However, shortly after the first episode aired, a number of fans shared on Twitter that the app had crashed and left them unable to watch. Presumably, the technical malfunction is related to the high volume of users attempting to stream the premiere.
The series is based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood. The 10-part series is set 200 years before Game of Thrones and tells the story of the House Targaryen. The series stars Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, and Rhys Ifans.
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