HBO’s The Last of Us expands on the lore of the game all while remaining a faithful live-action adaptation to the source material.
Very few people were shocked when HBO announced it was working on a live-action adaptation of The Last of Us back in 2020. The pairing made sense. A premium television network lauded for its past and present prestige TV was matched with a video game considered as one of the greatest of all time because of its ambitious, deep, and immersive storytelling. Maybe this would be the moment a live-action adaptation of a video game would finally get it right. After all, how could you fuck up a small-screen retelling of a game that already has a narrative perfect for TV?
Well, for the devoted fans that might’ve been worried, rest assured; HBO’s The Last of Us is a faithful adaptation to the source material, showing how the game’s story works whether you’re familiar with the franchise or not — all while expanding on the lore of the story in subtle but significant ways that help it stands on its own.
This is evident from the first episode, “When You’re Lost in the Darkness,” which opens with Dr. Newman, an epidemiologist, expressing concern over a future where a fungal outbreak could occur,…