I am genuinely not a "victim" of tv series hype, but oh boy if I am waiting for this one!!!
If you never heard about The Last Of Us, it is probably because in 2013 you were not around a gaming console at all but in a few days, rumour has it, we might get the best video game /tv series adaptation ever.
Let's start from the beginning: What is The Last Of Us?
The Last of Us is an upcoming American post-apocalyptic drama television series created by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann for HBO.
It is based on the 2013 video game that is considered arguably one of the best ever made and for this reason people's expectation are incredibly high - which will inevitably take to harsh criticism and picky viewers that will be ready to judge every single aspect of the production.
It is said to be the largest television production in Canadian history and it was filmed from July 2021 to June 2022 in Alberta, as joint production by Sony, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, The Mighty Mint, and Word Games.
How Many Episodes and When Is It Coming Out?
The first season is set to have 9 episodes. We don't know for sure how long each episode will be, but we know that the first one will be 1:25h long which to be honest makes a lot of sense as the video game was absolutely jam packed of scenarios and information and twists and so many things to show the audience.
The series will drop on the 16th of January
and it will air weekly in Exclusive on Sky Atlantic at 2am BST.
All episodes will air simultaneously in the UK and US.
It will then be available on demand on Sky and NOW.
As now we are used to binge watch and consume tv series very fast, it will be interesting going back to old school weekly drops!
This is the schedule for season one:
- The Last of Us episode 1: When You're Lost in the Darkness – Monday 16 January 2023, 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 2: Infected – Monday 23 January 2023, 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 3 – Monday 30 January 2023, 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 4 – Monday 6 February 2023, 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 5 – Monday 13 February 2023, 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 6 – Monday 20 February 2023, 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 7 – Monday 27 February 2023, 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 8 – Monday 6 March 2023, 2am GMT
- The Last of Us episode 9 – Monday 13 March 2023, 2am GMT
To be completely honest, I wasn't sure that transforming that amazing video game into a TV Series was a good idea, but considering that it is co-created by Mazin - that was the creator of Chernobyl (now he CAN create a sense of bloody anxiety on the screen ) and Druckmann (the creator of the actual video game), I am fairly optimistic about the outcome.
What is The Last Of Us About?
The story is set 20 years after a heavy Pandemic (ohhhhhh this haunting word
) where an outbreak of an infectious fungus turned humans into monsters.
Two decades on from the outbreak, the world has been torn apart and the story follows Joel, a hard-bitten smuggler with a grief-stricken past who is charged with transporting headstrong teenager Ellie who’s never known a pre-infection world, across a decimated United States to be examined as apparently she is immune from the infection. Together, they face monstrous, fungus-ridden “clickers” and transform their rocky relationship as total strangers into a father-daughter bond.
As a big fan of the video game, when I picture Joel in my head, I genuinely don't think the casting director could have chosen someone better than Pedro Pascal. He is an amazing actor and embodies Joel personality perfectly (you can already see it from the trailer).
I wasn't too sure about Bella Ramsey as Ellie, mainly because of how she is physically described in the game but that young girl has been outstanding in every single role she ever played so I am guessing she will be absolutely great even in this one.
For the rest of the cast, I don't really know what to expect but I guess we will know very soon if the actors are up for the challenge. This is the list of the main characters and actors:
- Pedro Pascal as Joel
- Bella Ramsey as Ellie
- Gabriel Luna as Tommy
- Merle Danbridge as Marlene
- Anna Torv as Tess
- Nico Parker as Sarah
- Murray Bartlett as Frank
- Nick Offerman as Bill
- Storm Reid as Riley Abel
- Jeffrey Pierce as Perry
- Lamar Johnson as Henry
- Keivonn Woodard as Sam
- Graham Greene as Marlon
- Elaine Miles as Florence
- Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen
The Trailer: HBO released the Official Trailer about a month ago and as of today it counts more than 16 Million Views.
Anybody here is a fan of the video game and is waiting for this to come out? What are we thinking about what we know so far? As a fan of the game, I am trying to not keep my hopes too high for then being fully disappointed, but at the same time I have not been this excited for a product to drop in a long time...