Craig Mazin, a writer, considers the scariest part about…Not Clickers, Bloaters, or any of the other horrors This is the basis of the series. It’s the moment that a scientist discovers that a fungal brain disease will make most of the world’s people savage and cannibals. This scene is not shown in the game, but it appears in a flashback that was created for the show. .
“This is terrifying to me,” Mazen told me in a Zoom interview ahead of the show’s January 15 premiere. “It is the basis of everything, and the more real we can make the outer periphery feel, the more real the center will feel.”
MazenSimilar curiosity applied to When was it created? . Flashbacks for The Last of Us The pseudoscientific source of infectionFrom speaking to a cowriter of the series Neil DruckmannThe game’s creator, he is also the creative director of Naughty dog and co-chairman. He was delighted to expand the Last of Us world beyond what is in the games.
It’s scary to hear the scientist tell it’s over. But, the moment she accepts it and sees the drama on her face is something that is truly unique. [adaptation]Druckmann stated, “I’m so glad that we’re able show that.”
Fans of the game won’t be disappointed by flashbacks. The timeline has been altered so that the outbreak took place in 2013 (instead in 2013) and the post-apocalyptic narrative takes places in 2023 (instead 2033). Mazin and Druckmann agreed that the timeline change made sense, as it didn’t fundamentally alter how the story was told.
“If I was watching a show set in 2023 but takes place in 2043, it would be less realistic. I thought it might be interesting for people to say, “Hey! Look, this is happening right here in this parallel universe.” So it was about helping people connect a little bit more,” Mazin said.
It hasn’t really changed much in practice, other than a slightly different palette for props, set design and vehicle selection. As we progress in the series, we find new places and relics from the past world. [always]It’s back to the 2003 vibe
Be driven by grief
The story’s interconnected human drama is a further anchor. We follow Joel Miller, an evil smuggler, as he accompanies Ellie, a cheerful teenager, across a post-apocalyptic United States. (We won’t reveal why, to avoid spoilers). The pair are played by Pedro PascalAnd Bella Ramsey.
Pascal, who may you know?And Joel was devastated by the outbreak and continues to be driven 20 years later.
“He is driven by trauma and all he does is shaped and influenced by that loss. Pascal said that it’s something that many people can relate to. Zoom in.
“It’s a remarkable step to edit beloved sources material that has an emotionally human story at its core, to make it more difficult. We love it, we love being masochists.
Ramsey notes that Ellie is able to see Joel’s pain, which creates a bond along their journey.
“Eli realizes there’s something with this guy — there’s more to him, he’s not just an angry asshole for it,” said the actor. “She sees a shared memory; Ellie has lost an important person in her own life. [as well]. Reach out to someone who has been through similar experiences. [even though]Joel fights back.
More than survival
The duo search for Joel’s perfect twin Tommy, who has found purpose and purpose in trying fix this terrible world. Gabriel Luna plays the role of Tommy, a well-known actor for his roles inAnd .
“He desires what his brother first had, which is family — to plant a seed and watch it grow,” Luna told me via video chat. He is looking for a world in which you can live with nature and he isn’t actively trying to kill your soul. He believes that we can truly return to it.
The Fireflies are rebels who resist the military’s tyrannical control on survivors. Marilyn, who is the leader of the group, played herself Sons of AnarchyAnd hostessThe actor Merle Dandridge. She explained that fireflies are “hope” because they are searching for a way to give people autonomy again.
Fans will be delighted by this casting choice, as she also voices Marilyn in the games. (Joel & Ellie game actors Troy BakerAnd Ashley JohnsonAlso .) She also confirmed that her work on the original 2013 series was useful when she returned to the show’s role. However, she believes the series’ legendary status has opened new avenues for her.
“I definitely reviewed the preparation. She added that Neil checked it to ensure it was correct. “Over time, your memory might become shaky,” she said. “The great gift of having existing source material that is so beloved and widely played and broadcast everywhere is that you can go back and look at it and [immerse yourself]. “
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