One of the best and most complex games of all time, becomes one of the best and most complex TV shows. Incredibly nuanced and haunting storytelling punctuated by amazing performances and heart-wrenching beauty. It's going to be a hard act to follow.
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The Last of Us started life as the unconventional follow up game from Naughty Dog; the studio that created Uncharted. But Instead of making a game with even more action set pieces and explosions, Director Neil Druckmann decided to take aim at an emotional tale of loss, survival and love set against the backdrop of a fungal outbreak of apocalyptic proportions. Since its release nearly a decade ago fans have adored the characters of Ellie and Joel and revelled in their ethically murky story. And two years ago they even got a sequel which divided fans and muddied the waters even further. Now with Chernobyl’s showrunner Craig Mazin and HBO’s backing, The Last of Us has made an incredibly successful leap to the small screen, and a whole new audience of fans are being introduced to Ellie (Bella Ramsay), Joel (Pedro Pascal)and lead by the hand into the morally grey world of Clickers, cordyceps, cannibals and hardcore emotional damage.
We have partnered up into two Ellie/Joel happy-meal combos for our journeys across the wasteland, with Dion and Peta going by horse and Jill and Quinny going on foot. It’s a long journey but when you’re lost in darkness… Look for the light.
Make sure to scroll down for links to comparison clips between the game and the show and a link to the official Last of Us podcast which has been an incredible companion to the show.
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