Updated: Apr 16
As a die-hard fan of the critically acclaimed video game, I had my doubts when I first heard about The Last of Us being adapted into a television series. I was concerned that the heart-wrenching emotions, the intricate story, and the vivid atmosphere couldn't be translated effectively to the small screen. But after watching Season 1, I now stand corrected. This show has not only done justice to the original material but has also managed to carve out its own identity, leaving me on the edge of my seat, eagerly waiting for Season 2.
From the very first episode, the series captivated me with its beautifully dark setting, impeccable casting, and flawless storytelling. It was almost eery how close it followed the video game, as I found myself smiling often with all the subtle details and references to it. While it stays true to the core essence of the video game, the TV adaptation expands on the characters and their relationships, giving us a deeper understanding of their motives and emotions.
It was Episode 3, "Long, Long Time," that truly blew me away. This episode stands out not just because of its stellar storytelling, but also because it deviates from the main plotline and shifts focus to life in general and the twists it can take us on. "Long, Long Time" perfectly captures the sense of purpose in a seemingly hopeless world. In a world ravaged by a pandemic, the episode expertly depicts the human spirit's resilience and our ability to find meaning and hope in the bleakest of situations... But I digress.
This series wouldn't have been possible without the genius of Neil Druckmann, the mastermind behind the original game series. Druckmann has a background in computer science and has been involved in the video game industry for many years. The series has benefited immensely from his involvement, as he co-wrote the first season with Craig Mazin and serves as an executive producer.
With Season 2 just around the corner, I was beyond excited for what was to come. According to an article from ComicBook.com, the fate of Joel (played by Pedro Pascal) could potentially deviate from the original storyline, opening up a world of possibilities for the show. The article mentions that Season 2 is shaping up to be even crazier than the first, and I, for one, am cautious to see where the show takes us next. The decision to change the storyline of The Last of Us in Season 2, particularly regarding Joel's fate, could be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it offers a fresh perspective and the element of surprise, even for the most dedicated fans of the game. On the other hand, it could potentially anger a deeply passionate fanbase that has been emotionally invested in the original narrative for years. This fanbase has come to love and admire the characters, with how the story played out. Deviating from the established storyline might be seen as a betrayal or a disregard for the original source material, ultimately causing a rift among fans. The challenge for the creators will be to strike a delicate balance between honoring the original game and providing a new experience that captivates audiences, both old and new, without alienating the dedicated fanbase that has supported The Last of Us (TLOU) throughout its journey.
TLOU has managed to create a unique and enthralling viewing experience that both fans of the original game and newcomers can appreciate. The exceptional storytelling, coupled with its ability to touch on universal themes, has made this show a must-watch. As we eagerly await Season 2, I am confident that the series will continue to exceed our expectations, delivering more surprises and emotional rollercoasters along the way. In the meantime, we can rewatch the first season over and over, to our heart's content.
What did you think of The Last Of Us TV Series on HBOmax? Did it blow you away as well? And how do you feel about the storyline potentially changing in season 2? ~Smash