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Fallout series release date, cast, plot, and more news

The apocalyptic game is getting a TV show courtesy of Prime Video! Here's everything we know about the Fallout series release date.

Fallout series release date: Power Suit and Aaron Moten as Maximus

When is the Fallout series release date? You awake in an irradiated wasteland, your loved ones are gone, your memories blurred, and giant bugs are on the offense (And we’re not just talking about the mutated cockroaches, right Bethesda?). The setup is familiar, but it’s about to arrive on the small screen.

Fallout will adapt the imperfect but beloved video games, bringing their post-apocalyptic, timeless wastelands to live-action. But when can we expect it to be new on Amazon Prime Video, and who’ll be wearing those iconic blue jumpsuits? Power up that Pip-Boy and set a waypoint.

What’s the Fallout series release date?

The Fallout series arrives on April 12, 2024, on Prime Video.

Using a Pip-Boy interface graphic (made us giddy, won’t lie), the release date was announced on Instagram on October 23, 2023, and captioned “PLEASE REMAIN CALM. An Important Dated Message Brought to You By Your Friends at @primevideo.”

Some fans wrongly guessed the post was about a new game, while others rightly pointed out that the post was made by @falloutonprime, which was made to promote the show specifically.

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Who’s in the Fallout series cast?

The Fallout series cast features Ella Purnell, Kyle MacLachlan, Walton Goggins, and more.

You’ll recognize Goggins from his work on some of the best TV series around (Sons of Anarchy, Justified). As for Ella Purnell, she’s most known for playing Jackie on Yellowjackets and voicing Jinx in the Arcane cast. Goggins will be playing The Ghoul, the likes of which are mutated humans living in the Wasteland.

When the first images from the Fallout series were released, Goggins’ Ghoul was the one that caught our eye the most. You can see just how incredible he looks for yourself below.

Fallout series release date: Walton Goggins as The Ghoul

But we’re most excited for Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex and the City), who is used to dusty landscapes after being in David Lynch’s Dune in 1984.

Here’s the Fallout series cast list:

  • Walton Goggins as The Ghoul
  • Ella Purnell as Lucy
  • Kyle MacLachlan as Overseer Hank
  • Xelia Mendes-Jones as TBC
  • Aaron Moten as Maximus
  • Mike Doyle as TBC
  • Moisés Arias as Norm
  • Johnny Pemberton as Thaddeus
  • Cherien Dabis as TBC
  • Dale Dickey as TBC
  • Matty Cardarople as TBC

Fallout series release date: Ella Purnell as Lucy

What’s the Fallout series about?

Fallout’s series isn’t an exact adaptation of any particular game; it’s an original story that exists in the same universe.

“For this, it was ‘Let’s do something that exists in the world of Fallout.’ It’s not retelling a game’s story,” said Bethesda (the video game publisher that created Fallout) director Todd Howard [via the Lex Fridman podcast].

“It’s an area of the map and, like, let’s tell a story here that fits in the world we built and doesn’t break any of the rules. It can reference things in the games but isn’t a retelling of the games. It exists in the same world, but it’s its own unique thing, so it adds to it.”

So, what are Fallout games about? Well, they usually pick up in an atomic age that utilizes retro-futuristic technology. Then, disaster strikes, and the player is forced to survive a nuclear wasteland.

Fallout series release date: Ella Purnell as Lucy and Kyle MacLachlan as Overseer Hank

Being role-playing games, they focus on making choices such as which faction you’ll join, building new settlements, and interacting with non-playable characters. There are political threads as well since the stories also explore American exceptionalism, weapons of mass destruction, and the American Dream.

There are many Fallout games. Yet all this seems a little irrelevant if the series is an original undertaking. If we were to guess, we’d imagine that the series would take place in the future, in this post-apocalyptic world, and would be a quest-style journey similar to the first game’s narrative.

Fans will be pleased to know that we’ll also be getting an origin story for Vault Boy, the iconic logo behind the video games. Whether this is through passing mention or a full episode arc remains to be seen, but we’re excited either way!

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Is there a trailer for the Fallout series?

The first trailer for the Fallout series was released on December 2, 2023, like a brilliant pre-Christmas present.

It looks perfect, too, with some stunning effects bringing the world into live-action in spectacular fashion. Just look at those ships, and that makeup! You can see the full trailer below.

There’s also a behind-the-scenes featurette that includes some of the thoughts from the creatives behind the project. It’s also a good chance to check out what the set looks like behind Jonathan Nolan (the mind behind some of the best sci-fi series, like Person of Interest and Westworld).

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Where can I watch the Fallout series?

The Fallout series will stream on Amazon Prime Video exclusively starting April 12, 2024.

It’ll be on Prime Video in April, so you can sign up for a free trial then if you’d like. Until then, there are plenty of other video game movies to rent or buy on the service, including The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Uncharted.

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How many episodes of the Fallout series will there be?

We think Fallout will have around nine episodes, based on other game adaptations.

Series of the same kind (such as Halo and The Last of Us) tend to have somewhere in the realm of nine episodes, so it makes sense that a first season would stick to this trend.

Amazon also doesn’t often do very short seasons — unlike Disney Plus, for example, with lots of six-episode runs. If it’s any good, we imagine that the world-building would allow for other seasons to follow, too.

If you’re still in a gaming mood, check out our guides to the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 release date, and The Last of Us season 2 release date. If that’s not enough, check out the best Amazon Prime series to make the most out of your subscription.

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