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Obsessed with ‘The Last of Us’

HBO’s hit series The Last of Us has everyone obsessed. It’s my favorite Sunday night TV watching. My husband and son have played The Last of Us video game that started it all. It’s a show that keeps us engaged and wanting to know more of the story.

It’s a nationwide obsession and well worth the watch if you haven’t tuned in.

I’m also in Virgina, and according to one report, my state is in the top 10 for viewing.

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Virginia is in the top 10 states most obsessed with ‘The Last of Us.’

  • New study reveals Virginia as the tenth state most obsessed with The Last of Us.
  • Massachusetts ranks as number one in America for interest in The Last of Us.
  • New York and Washington follow on the list in interest for The Last of Us.

A new study has shown that Virginia is the state’s tenth most obsessed with the hit show The Last of Us series and popular action-adventure video game in America. 

The research, conducted by online gaming experts at, analyzed Google keyword planner data for various search terms associated with The Last of Us TV series and the video game in the United States. These terms were then combined to give each state a ‘total search score’ per 100,000 people to discover which states have been loving The Last of Us over the last 12 months.  

Virginia is the tenth state in the rankings, rounding up the list of states obsessed with the franchisewith a total search score of 646. The state is primarily expressing interest in the TV series. 

Massachusetts Ranks Number One on the List

The study revealed that Massachusetts ranks number one on the list, displaying the highest interest in The Last of Us with a total search score of 801. Massachusetts ranked the highest in its population searching for the terms ‘The Last of Us,’ ‘The Last of Us HBO,’ and ‘The Last of Us TV.’ Massachusetts also had high interest in the action-adventure gaming version of the series, with the highest searches for the PS4 version of the game in America. 

New York Ranks Second

New York is the second most interesting state in The Last of Us. With a total search score of 765, the state demonstrated significant interest in the series, especially through its streaming platform, HBO. New Yorkers are actively searching for “HBO The Last of Us,” showing a clear desire to watch the show. As well as this, the state has also shown interest in the video game itself, particularly the sequel, ‘The Last of Us Part II.’

Washington has a total search score of 753, ranking as the third most interested state in The Last of Us. The state has also shown an interest in the video game, particularly on the PlayStation 5 console. Due to the TV series currently trending, searches for it far outnumber those for the game. High search volumes for “The Last of Us TV series” in Washington suggest a strong interest in the show. While the popularity of the video game cannot be ignored, the TV series is being searched for more now. 

California also ranks as one of America’s states most interested in The Last of Us, placing fourth overall. With a total search score of 747, California ranked high on the list in searches for the game versions of the franchise. Californians are searching for ‘The Last of Us game’ and ‘The Last of Us PS5’ more than any other state. 

Oregon is Fifth

Rounding out the top five is Oregon, with a total search score of 746. Oregon ranks high in interest for the show, placing third in searches for ‘The Last of Us show’ and ‘The Last of Us TV series.’ 

Colorado is the sixth state most obsessed with The Last of Us, with a total search score of 694. Colorado state citizens expressed high interest in the series, two of the highest search terms its population is searching for are “The Last of Us HBO” and “The Last of Us TV series.”

In the seventh position in the rankings is Nevada, with a total search score of 667. Nevada is highly interested in The Last of Us part II video game; the sequel was released in 2020 and was praised for its improved gameplay, graphics, and storytelling. 

Illinois places eighth in the rankings, with the state in the top five in searches for ‘The Last of Us Part II.’ This helps the state’s search score of 666

The ranking reveals Arizona is the ninth in interest for The Last of Us, with a total search score of 647. Amongst the highest search terms were ‘HBO The Last of Us’ and ‘The Last of Us TV series.’

A spokesperson from commented:

“The data presented reveal the widespread popularity of the new hit TV series “The Last of Us.” However, the study also emphasizes that the original video game version of the series remains a beloved source of entertainment and should be noticed. Despite the show’s success, it is clear that the game has a dedicated fan base that continues to enjoy and engage with the franchise.”

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The Last of Us Synopsis

After a global pandemic destroys civilization, a hardened survivor takes charge of a 14-year-old girl who may be humanity’s last hope.

Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, Wonder Woman 1984) and Bella Ramsey (HBO’s His Dark Materials and Game of Thrones) star as Joel and Ellie. Gabriel Luna (True Detectiveas Joel’s younger brother and former soldier, Tommy; Merle Dandridge (The Last of Us video games, The Flight Attendant) as resistance leader Marlene; and Anna Torv (Fringe) as Tess, a smuggler and fellow hardened survivor.

The series guest stars Nico Parker (The Third Day) as Sarah, Joel’s 14-year old daughter; Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) as Frank and Bill, two post-pandemic survivalists living alone in their own isolated town; Storm Reid (Euphoria) as Riley, an orphan in Boston; and Jeffrey Pierce (The Last of Us video games) as Perry, a rebel in a quarantine zone. Lamar Johnson guest stars as Henry and Keivonn Woodard as Sam, brothers in Kansas City hiding from a revolutionary movement seeking vengeance. Graham Greene guest stars as Marlon and Elaine Miles as Florence, a married couple surviving alone in the wilderness of post-apocalyptic Wyoming. 

Written and executive produced by Craig Mazin (HBO’s Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann of The Last of Us and Uncharted video game franchises.

Carolyn Strauss (HBO’s Chernobyl and Game of Thrones) serves as executive producer, along with Evan Wells from the original game’s developer, Naughty Dog, and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan.

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