HBO’s latest serial adaptation, The Last of Us, based on the hit video game of the same title, is that one journey you could enjoy to take.
‘The Last of Us’ tells the story about Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Belle Ramsey) thriving for survival with ruthless killers and monsters on a trek across America after an outbreak.
After seeing the pilot episode of this nine-episode series through a press advance screening by HBO Go and FleishmanHillard, we could say that it successfully adapts what made the video game great and exciting! It gives a back story that really puts a strong statement that this series adaptation is committed to its source material. It poses to be even more enticing because it is bound to dig deeper into the story as episodes go by.
Whether you’re a fan of the video game or not, The Last of Us could bring you an immersive experience with one of the most unforgettable stories. It is an adaptation of the utmost skill and reverence, yet capable of surprises even if you haven’t played the game (yet). The first couple of hours stick so closely to the original narrative that it may be eerie and nostalgic for fans who grew up playing the game.
But then again, prior knowledge of the sage is not required to become entangled in this gorgeous drama. It will hit hard with its storyline while giving a lot of faith to its source material. Hands down to a pair of phenomenal lead performances and a beautifully executed vision of what it is to find hope and love in a world of monsters and killers. The pilot episode is truly an indication that this is going to positively deliver everything that fans have loved about the game and more.
It is safe to say that this series would give the best adaptation ever as it stays true to its emotional core. Like the game, no doubt it’ll be a masterpiece too.
The nine-episode first season debuts Monday, January 16, on HBO and HBO GO.