The Last of Us Episode 2 Sees Record-Breaking Increase in Viewership From the Premiere; New Episode Features Uncharted Easter Egg
Warning: This story contains slight spoilers from Episode 2 of The Last of Us
The Last of Us has certainly hit the ground running ever since HBO debuted the long-awaited show last week.
Following a tremendous opening week, which made The Last of Us premiere the network’s biggest in over a decade, Episode 2 earlier this week saw even more impressive figures.
According to Warner Bros. Discovery, Episode 2 of the series saw over 5.7 million viewers tuning on Sunday night. Compared to the premiere’s 4.7 million viewers, the series received a 22% jump in viewership, which makes it the “largest week 2 audience growth for an HBO Original drama series in the history of the network.” Warner Bros. Discovery also confirmed that Episode 1 has seen over 18 million viewers as well.
Tess’s lighter in Episode 2 has connections to Uncharted
Episode 2 featured the heroic sacrifice of Tess, as she saved Ellie and Joel from a horde of zombies by setting a building alongside her on fire.
The emotional scene saw Tess laying in gasoline all over her, as she forces Joel to take Ellie away and escape. As the zombies surround her, she uses a lighter to light a fire that causes the entire building to explode along with her.
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Along with an emotional gut punch, the adaptation of the hit Naughty Dog title also featured a clever Easter Egg that points to another video game franchise from the legendary developers. The franchise in question is Uncharted, as Naughty Dog later revealed that Tess’s lighter was modelled after the one Sam Drake uses in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
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