Episode five of “The Last of Us” premieres two days early on HBO Max

    Fans of HBOs who also love football faced a dilemma this weekend: watch the latest episode live and avoid the risk of spoilers, or tune in for the Super Bowl? Fortunately, making that decision is much easier. The fifth episode of The of comes two days early on the streaming service and HBO On Demand.

    You will be able to starting at 9 p.m. ET on Friday. It will still air in its usual 9 p.m. ET time slot on HBO’s cable channel on Sundays, but many fans may opt to watch the mammoth battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles instead.

    This is a smart, one-off move from HBO as The last of us is already , with ratings growing from week to week. The linear broadcast of the next episode is likely to be hammered into the ratings by the but this could help HBO maintain the show’s momentum and move away from the TLOU discourse of football this weekend.

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