The Last of Us became an immediate hit when it released back in 2013 on PlayStation 3, spawning a comic series spin-off and a downloadable expansion within just a few months. With a remaster, remake, sequel, and television series spin off, the series became increasingly complex over the years. To help you make sense of it all, this The Last of Us Timeline includes all The Last of Us media in chronological order.
This entry was last updated in September 2022.
The Last us Us revolves around different characters, putting the player in the shoes of Joel, Ellie, and later Abby. However, when looking at the The Last of Us Series as a whole, we figure Ellie is the character that ties everything together. That’s why we use her age as a reference to put all the pieces of the series together.
September 2013 – Outbreak Day
In september 2013, years before Ellie was even born, the Cordyceps virus breaks out, infecting large parts of the population and causing huge chaos across the country. During the outbreak, Joel, his daughter Sarah and his brother Tommy try to flee from the infected.
2032 – Ellie at 13 years old
At 13 years old, the orphan Ellie is struggling to find her place in the post-apocalyptic world of The Last of Us. While moving from one orphanage to another, she mets Riley, a girl just a little bit older showing her the ropes in life.
2033-2034 – Ellie at 14 years old
The friendship between Ellie and Riley evolves into more, but eventually the two are caught up by destiny. This leads to Ellie meeting Joel, a mid-aged man who lost his own daughter at the beginning of the apocalypse and is ever still struggling with the hard life in the world of The Last of Us. A simple job to escort Ellie from one place to another, leads to a special relationship between the two.
2034 – 2039 – Ellie between 15 and 19 years old
The following years, Ellie and Joel manage to lead a relatively normal and quiet life in Jackson. During this period, Ellie and Joel still undertake missions together, but are also leading their own lifes and slowly drift apart.
2039 and onwards – Ellie at 19 years old and older
When Ellie is 19 years old, her and Joel’s dark past catch up with them, changing their lives forever. The events that follow, take her to Seattle. At the same time, Abby is trying to cope with her past.
The Last of Us HBO Series is supposed to be an adaption of the story of the original The Last of Us video game. It is currently unknown if it is a direct adaption of the story taking place in the same canon or will start its own timeline.
This The Last of Us Timeline has been composed with as much care as possible. Nevertheless, an error may have crept into our chronological order. Are you an even bigger The Last of Us fan than we are? Please contact us and tell us what we did wrong!