The Last of Us Game Makers Give Honest Opinion About Upcoming HBO Adaptation

HBO's highly-anticipated adaptation of The Last of Us video games just got a big stamp of approval. Find out what one of the game makers had to say about recently-released footage.

By Daniel Trainor Sep 02, 2022 9:40 PMTags
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There's no need to worry about HBO's adaptation of The Last of Us—just ask one of the guys who made the video game.

Matthew Gallant, who worked as the original game designer on the 2013 game, was more than impressed with the 46 seconds of footage released in a sizzle reel on Aug. 21.

"It gave me goosebumps to watch the [HBO] trailer, as little footage as that was," Gallant told Entertainment Weekly Sept. 2. "I felt like I was wanting to watch it over and over again, and catch all the little details."

The Last of Us was adapted for television by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, who worked as both creative director and writer on the 2013 original game and 2020's The Last of Us Part II

In the footage, Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) are in a fight for their lives, attempting to navigate through a post-apocalyptic United States filled with dangerous enemies, of the human and non-human variety.

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"Everybody I have cared for has either died or left me," Ellie tells Joel in the footage. We'll avoid spoilers, but in the series, Joel has been tasked with transporting Ellie safely through the treacherous circumstances—with often very deadly results.

"You have no idea what loss is," Joel tells her. 

Trust us, she's about to find out. 

The footage also gives a glimpse of Nick Offerman, who plays Bill, a post-pandemic survivalist who lives in an isolated town with Frank, played by Murray Bartlett.

The series also stars Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, Anna Torv, Storm Reid, Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker.


The Last of Us will premiere on HBO in 2023.

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