HBO's The Last of Us season 1 was full of incredible episodes, but some were better than others. Show creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann had the difficult job of adapting the critically-acclaimed 2013 The Last of Us video game that Druckmann also wrote. Not to mention The Last of Us premiered at a time when audiences seemed to have mostly moved past zombie media.
But The Last of Us season 1 managed to impress, with consistently high approval ratings and viewership. The Last of Us season 1 ran from Jan. 15 through March 12, 2023, for a total of nine episodes. While they were all excellent, a few episodes were standouts and others were more forgettable.
The Last of Us episode 6, \"Kin,\" brings back Gabriel Luna's Tommy and introduces his wife, Maria. \"Kin\" is a much-needed break for the season, slowing things down and giving Joel and Ellie a chance to rest in the civilized city of Jackson. However, the episode may be just a bit too slow, and Joel's decisions in the episode, while understandable, are somewhat frustrating.
The finale of The Last of Us season 1 is episode 9, \"Look for the Light.\" While it wraps up the character arcs of Joel and Ellie, it falls a little flat. The decision to make Joel's rampage through the hospital subdued and quiet reflects his emotional state better than a bombastic shoot-out, but it does mean the episode lacks real action and mostly just moves from one talking scene to the next.
\"Look for the Light\" is still a masterclass episode, driven by the performances of Pascal, Ramsey, and Merle Dandridge as Marlene. In the hands of lesser actors, it could have been a disappointing season finale. But they keep it afloat with interesting glimpses into the minds of Joel, Ellie, and Marlene.
Another episode highlighting Ellie, episode 8, \"When We Are in Need,\" is the real climax of The Last of Us season 1. While episode 9, \"Look for the Light,\" brings Joel's character arc full circle, \"When We Are in Need\" is where his and Ellie's relationship is solidified. Though Joel barely appears in the episode, he kills several men to get to Ellie, foreshadowing what he will do in the finale. And calling her \"baby girl\" at the end brings him full circle from Sarah.
The Last of Us episode 3, \"Long, Long Time,\" diverged from usual post-apocalyptic media and set a precedent for the rest of the season. If \"When We Are in Need\" shows the horrors of humanity, \"Long, Long Time\" highlights the beauty. The episode is perhaps the biggest and most effective departure from The Last of Us video game, turning Frank into a fully-fledged character and giving him a romance with hardened survivalist Bill. \"Long, Long Time\" is almost a standalone movie in its story, and it's hard to believe it packs years of Bill and Frank's lives into only an hour of television.
The first season of the television series The Last of Us premiered on HBO on January 15, 2023, with the episode \"When You're Lost in the Darkness\", and ended on March 12, 2023, with the episode \"Look for the Light\".
Soon, they reach an area set up with medical tents. Joel recalls that shortly after the outbreak, he ended up in a similar location and reveals that he attempted to commit suicide after Sarah's death. Ellie consoles him, Joel admitting his time with Ellie has made him feel like life was worth living again. The mood tense, he suggests they read some more puns. While doing so, a smoke bomb lands at their feet. In the resulting blast, three men grab Ellie and another knocks Joel out.
On January 6, 2023, Craig Mazin stated that, \"The first season is the events of the first game and you can tell, if you have played the game, from watching the marketing materials that we're also covering the events of the downloadable content. I think that the amount of story that remains that we have not covered would be more than a season of television. So assuming we can keep going forward, the idea would be to do more than just one more season. But this isn't the kind of show that is going to be seven seasons.\" Mazin also hinted that in future seasons, viewers could see side stories from The Last of Us Part II, one in particular he hinted was the Seraphite Prophet.
On January 22, 2023, it was stated that the flashbacks to the outbreak aren't the only change that fans of the game would notice. The timeline has been shifted so the outbreak happened in 2003 (rather than the game's 2013), with the post-apocalyptic narrative occurring in 2023 (instead of 2033). Because the game took place the year it came out, Mazin and Druckmann agreed that the chronological repositioning made sense since it didn't fundamentally change the story, \"Practically speaking, it didn't change much other than giving us a slightly different palette of props, set design and car choice. Interestingly, as we go on through the series, we keep finding new places and new relics of the old world, [always] coming back to that 2003 vibe.\" Also on this day, it was announced that The Last of Us scored HBO's second-best debut of the last decade on Sunday night, with 4.7 million viewers tuning in for the premiere.
On January 23, 2023, according to measurements by Nielsen combined with first-party data from Warner Bros. Discovery, episode 2 brought in 5.7 million viewers across linear airings on HBO and streams on HBO Max. That marks a 22% increase from last week's record-breaking 4.7 million, a number that Warner Bros. Discovery later reported had already jumped to 10 million after two days of availability. Per HBO, the jump from the initial premiere viewership to Episode 2's debut audience is the \"largest week 2 audience growth for an HBO Original drama series in the history of the network.'
\"Long, Long Time\", the series' third episode, was filmed in September 2021. Moreover, Peter Hoar stated that the last shot of the episode lingers on the window, and in reality two things were going on with that shot. When you play the original game there was a menu screen, and it was a window with a breeze. That's where you select \"play game' or whatever. There was this discussion with Craig where that might be something that we try and emulate, we would put it at the beginning of every episode. I think it was a gimmick really about if you're on HBO Max, you could see it and click on it, and then you watch that.
Now the original game's story has been re-tooled into a prestige television phenomenon on HBO Max. It was a critical hit, with 8.2 million viewers for the finale, but you won't always need to be a subscriber to enjoy the series. The entire first season of The Last of Us is coming to Blu-ray, and right now you can preorder the 4K UHD version on Amazon and Walmart, which will release on July 18, 2023.
For more on the blockbuster hit everyone is talking about, read about why the series has tons of potential, regardless of whether Joel and Ellie are involved, why Joel's voice actor Troy Baker didn't portray Joel (or David) in the HBO show, and how parts of HBO's already-greenlit second season will be 'radically' different from The Last of Us Part II.
Since The Last of Us Season 1 just finished airing, it'll be a while before Season 2 premieres. Big-ish news about production on Season 2 came straight from Pedro Pascal's mouth at the end of February. In an interview with Collider, the star was asked about when HBO would start shooting Season 2. While he's not the authority on The Last of Us' shooting schedule, he did say, \"Yes, there is a chance, yes,\" that Season 2 will begin filming this calendar year. Given that morsel of information, if production and release was consistent with Season 1, shooting would end slightly less than a year later in 2024, and the season would air about six months later.
Without having played the game, it's hard to say who will appear in The Last of Us Season 2. After all, the episodes released thus far have killed off our new favorite characters one after another. But it's safe to assume that Pascal's Joel and Ramsey's Bella will return for a second season. Fans of the game are also discussing potential casting for Abby, a key figure in The Last of Us Part II.
While some may prefer the game over the show, the TV series has arguably improved it in multiple aspects, including in terms of plot, characters, visuals, and overall mainstream appeal. The series has finished its first season, and with another on the way, there is already proof that The Last of Us is better off as a TV show.The show focuses more on the narrative
HBO's The Last of Us recently concluded its terrific first season on Sunday night. The series has already been renewed for a second season, which will be developed from the video game The Last of Us Part II. However, showrunners Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann (Uncharted) revealed the second season would not cover the entirety of Part II and they need a third and potentially fourth season to complete the story.
Tonally, obvious comparisons can be made to The Road, but The Last of Us rarely reaches the levels of unrelenting bleakness that Cormac McCarthy's novel nor its subsequent film adaptation did. For each helping of the macabre, there's a small measure of levity or glimmer of light. The Last of Us may present itself as a hopeless world but over the course of a season it reveals plenty that's worth fighting for, and in that regard is more reminiscent of Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men in both its themes and visual identity. Low-saturated greys, greens, and browns occasionally make way for bursts of flame or the flash of gunfire. Bombed-out cities still present flickers of life and echoes of a civilisation worth saving, with both stories ultimately coming down to the successful smuggling of a young woman and the powers of love and the human spirit when combating mother nature's cruelest will.
The best adaptations don't just imitate their source material but aim to enrich for those familiar with it, while also acting as an entry point for those who aren\\u2019t. HBO's The Last of Us does exactly that: a brilliant retelling of one of video games\\u2019 most beloved stories that rebottles the lightning of what made it so special to many in the first place, letting it strike again to stunning effect. Thanks to a pair of phenomenal lead performances and a beautifully executed vision of what it is to find hope and love in a world hellbent on denying it, The Last of Us thrills from the first episode to the last. 59ce067264