HBO Shares First Glimpse of TV Adaptation of the Video Game “The Last of Us”

Pedro Pascal in
Pedro Pascal in "The Last of Us"

The TV adaptation of the best-selling video game The Last of Us was a long time in the making and it’s coming our way sooner than later. HBO finally shared the first footage from this highly-anticipated dystopian series, starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey.

The Last of Us will take us on a brutal, heartbreaking journey across the U.S., 20 years after the collapse of modern civilization. It will center on a hardened survivor Joel (Pascal), who’s been hired to smuggle a teenage girl Ellie (Ramsey), out of an oppressive quarantine zone.

The Last of Us will feature many more interesting characters, including Joel’s younger brother Tommy (Gabriel Luna), resistance leader Marlene (Merle Dandridge), a rebel in a quarantine zone Perry (Jeffrey Pierce), a smuggler and a fellow survivor Tess (Anna Torv), and Frank and Bill, two survivalists living alone in their isolated town (Murray Bartlett and Nick Offerman).

Neil Druckmann, writer and creative director of the original game, co-created the TV adaptation alongside Craig Mazin (Chernobyl). The Last of Us will feature a total of ten episodes and it’s expected to premiere on HBO in early 2023. The first footage was included in HBO Max’s promo video teasing upcoming shows, which also included footage from The Idol and The White Lotus.