The Last of Us Show vs. Video Game: How Do They Compare?

The Last of Us Show vs. Video Game: How Do They Compare?

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Callie (Carlos) Cadorniga - Author

Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for episodes 1 and 2 Last of Us.

For avid gamers who were skeptical of live-action adaptations of popular video games, you can breathe a sigh of relief that HBO’s The Last of Us is as good as it gets. This new series is based on his critically acclaimed PlayStation game released by Naughty Dog in 2013. The show has earned his 97% critics approval rating and his 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, with many praising the show’s source for his respect for the material. . adapting it to the small screen.

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So far, the plot points and characters have emulated many of the original games, and many shots seem to be lovingly crafted copies of cutscenes. However, the show also took a lot of creative liberties in world-building to expand on the mythology the game first established.

How does the Last of Us show compare to video games? Let’s break down some of the key differences so far.

(lr) Sarah Miller at The Last of Us game and showSource: Notedog/HBO

Sarah Miller in The Last of Us game and TV show

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The Last of Us: Show vs. Video Game

The series follows Joel Miller (Pedro Pascal), a rugged and emotionally scarred survivor in a post-apocalyptic United States ravaged by a contagious fungal infection that turns victims into mindless monsters. As a reputable black market smuggler, he eventually recruits a young and violent teenager named Ellie (Bella Ramsey) in the hope that her immunity to the virus will translate into a vaccine. I have a duty to protect the whole country.

This series is almost identical to the story of the original video game. Joel tries to escape with his wounded daughter Sarah (Nico Parker) and her brother Tommy (Gabriel Luna), but is tragically killed by army soldiers. . Twenty years later, after a virus has devastated the country, Joel tries to survive in Boston’s quarantine zone. impose.

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However, even the first pilot took steps to make The Last of Us’ world even bigger than the game in which it was first laid out. For example, Sarah’s character is greatly expanded. The show portrays Sarah’s day-to-day life as an average girl who is on good terms with her father, gets distracted at school, and doesn’t enjoy spending time with her elderly neighbor.

According to a behind-the-scenes look, series co-creator Craig Mazin specifically wanted Sarah to play a bigger role in the pilot.

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“It was important for us to present Sarah to the audience. [who] I felt like I could keep up with the rest of the series,” said Craig.

Sarah’s death will have a huge impact on Joel in the future, both in the game and the show. However, that lingering trauma is presented differently across both media. In the game, Joel is initially separated from Ellie to avoid developing the same fatherly attachment as Sarah.

He still keeps that distance from Ellie on the show, but is visibly traumatized by Sarah’s death in the present. tries to escape the quarantine zone with Ellie when confronted by heavily armed guards. When a guard holds them at gunpoint and threatens to shoot Ellie down, Joel’s memories of Sarah’s death resurface and his PTSD causes Joel to lunge at the guard and beat him to death.

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Episode 2 further explores the similarities and differences between the two mediums. Scenes like Ellie’s first visit to a hotel (possibly abandoned and flooded) and Tess’ sacrifice in the Boston State Capitol still emulate moments from the game. , the show takes the mythology one step further and is a cold open detailing the origins of the virus, only briefly touched upon in the game.

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Will the second game be included in the ‘Last of Us’ show?

The series respects its source material and takes steps to tell its unique story with some great results. ?

A follow-up to The Last of Us was released on PlayStation 4 in 2020. Stories could easily take up space within the show, but will a second game be included?

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As far as we know, there are plans to do so. Just… not the first season.

The Hollywood Reporter speculated in an interview with Craig Mazin and game director/series co-creator Neil Druckmann that the first season would cover the first game at least during its run. Additionally, they reportedly hinted that Season 2 would actually plunge into Part II, although they didn’t provide any official confirmation.

The Last of Us is already an emotional and compelling story on PlayStation 3, and the series recognizes the importance of embracing it. But the HBO series offers so much more nuance and world-building on top of the already excellent narrative that even longtime fans of the game can pull new experiences out of the show.

New episodes of The Last of Us premiere every Sunday at 9pm on HBO.


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