Warning: This article contains spoilers for episode 8 of The Last of Us.
The upcoming ninth episode of The Last of Us is set to be bittersweet for fans. While more from Joel and Ellie is never a bad thing, this is the last time we will see them for quite a while, as the show's first season comes to an end.
They have already survived hordes of Clickers, unfriendly survivors and even a cannibalistic cult, while they've also suffered the tragic losses of Anna Torv's Tess, Lamar Johnson's Henry and Keivonn Woodard's Sam.
Fans should prepare themselves for things to not go exactly as they might expect, with Ramsey teasing when speaking with Vogue that the ninth episode will "divide people massively – massively".
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But as things wrap up, fans don't need to feel too bereft as a second season has already been green lit — although where it will take Joel and Ellie, only time will tell.
Read on for everything you need to know about when the final episode of The Last of Us season 1 will be released.
The Last of Us episode 9 release time
The Last of Us episode 9, titled Look for the Light, is set for release in the UK on Monday 13th March at 2am.
In the US, the episode will air on Sunday 12th March.
The Last of Us release schedule
The Last of Us will release one new episode each week, with each new instalment airing simultaneously in both the US and the UK.
This means that each new episode will air at 2am in the UK on Sky Atlantic, after which they will be able to stream on both Sky and NOW on demand.
You can find the full release schedule for The Last of Us right here:
- The Last of Us episode 1 - When You're Lost in the Darkness - Monday 16th January 2023 at 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 2 - Infected - Monday 23rd January 2023 at 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 3 - Long Long Time - Monday 30th January 2023 at 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 4 - Please Hold My Hand - Monday 6th February 2023 at 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 5 - Endure and Survive - Saturday 11th February 2023 at 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 6 - Kin - Monday 20th February 2023 at 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 7 - Left Behind - Monday 27th February 2023 at 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 8 - When We Are In Need - Monday 6th March 2023 at 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 9 - Look for the Light - Monday 13th March 2023 at 2am GMT
The Last of Us episode 9 length
The Last of Us episode 9, the finale episode, will actually be the season's shortest, clocking in at 43 minutes.
How many episodes of The Last of Us are there?
There are nine episodes in the first season of The Last of Us, which run for varying lengths, from 43 minutes to 81 minutes.
However, it was recently confirmed that there is more to come from the acclaimed post-apocalyptic drama, after the series was renewed for a second season.
The showrunners previously revealed that they're eager to keep going but don't want the series to continue endlessly.
Mazin told RadioTimes.com and other press: "In this world where television series are entirely flexible, they can have as many episodes as apparently they need – and on certain platforms, you can have as much time per episode as you need. [But] things, sometimes, are getting stretched.
"And I am a very demanding TV watcher. When somebody says to me, 'You should watch this. Now, you got to get to season 3, episode 9, that's when it really takes off,' I'm like, 'No, I'm not going to do that.' I want to be in on season 1, episode 1, and I want every episode to justify its existence. I want to feel compelled all the way through."
He continued: "I never want to feel like they're just filling time to create more show. We're all too smart, we know it when we see it. And for me also, I have no interest in creating a television series that is designed to go on forever. I love endings. And I don't know what the point of anything is if it isn't all wrapped together in a perfect circle of beginning to end.
"So to me, the narrative of the first game was gorgeous, it was complete, it deserved a season, we knew how to do it within a season. And so that was was kind of a no brainer. And I promise, if we are lucky enough to get more seasons, and keep telling the story, we will continue to make sure that every episode is worth its weight."
Ramsey has also revealed she'd be keen to return, saying she would come back to the series "forever".
The Last of Us is available on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW.