House of the Dragon record beaten by The Last of Us on HBO

The Last of Us spoilers follow.

The Last of Us is set to beat House of the Dragon's cross-platform viewing record on HBO.

Sunday's (March 12, or Monday, March 13, if you're in the UK) highly anticipated season finale raked in the show's biggest audience yet averaging 8.2 million viewers across all of HBO's platforms.

This means the finale is up slightly from the previous week's episode which was viewed 8.1 million times across platforms (via The Hollywood Reporter).

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According to HBO, viewing figures for the first six episodes of The Last of Us are averaging 30.4 million viewers in total since its premiere on January 15.

If this figure holds and the figures from the last three episodes are considered, this will mean The Last of Us is set to beat last year's HBO hit series House of the Dragon which averaged an impressive 29 million viewers cross-platform over the course of the series.

At 30.4 million viewers across the season, The Last of Us has achieved the biggest cumulative audience for a HBO series since the final season of Game of Thrones aired in 2019, which averaged over 44 million viewers during the course of its eighth season.

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Following its season finale which finally confirmed a fan theory about Ellie's immunity to the cordycep virus, The Last of Us perfectly set up a second season.

Recently, the show's creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann told fans what to expect in season two.

"You can expect us to repeat the same process, which is we will look at what made that story special and what is the soul of that story. And that needs to remain intact," said Druckmann.

"We will also take advantage of the freedom we have in television that wasn’t there in the game, specifically the advantage of changing perspective," added Mazin.

The Last of Us airs on HBO in the US, and on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW in the UK.

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