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Take a peek at HBO’s first The Last of Us trailer

Oh, HBO. What are you planning to do with The Last of Us? As you might have found out already, TLoU fans are quite… how shall I put it… critical. Even Naughty Dog has had its run-ins with the fanbase and they’re the ones who developed the frickin’ franchise. So if you’re planning to make a series out of a critically acclaimed game franchise – which is done wrong more often than it is done right – you’d better be ready to bring your A-game. So, HBO, Are you going to bring your A-game? Let’s take a look at your new The Last of Us trailer, shall we?

Honestly, I’ve been leaning toward skepticism for a very long time on HBO’s The Last of Us. Pedro Pascal – who plays a magnificent Mando in The Mandalorian, by the way – might not have been my first pick for Joel. And Bella Ramsey as Ellie, I guess that could work. You see, filling the shoes of iconic game characters is always a challenge. Ask Henry Cavill, once spat out by the Witcher community because “Mads Mikkelsen should be Geralt”, who’s now Netflix’s Witcher hero. So with that fact in the back of our brains, let’s stay open-minded and see how Pedro and Bella fair in the first official teaser.

If this trailer proves one thing, it definitely breathes The Last of Us. In one-and-a-half minutes, HBO makes abundantly clear that this is no solo venture. Naughty Dog is very much involved in this as game director Neil Druckmann is pulling some of the strings, along with Chernobyl-creator Craig Mazin. When it comes to the vibe, HBO’s The Last of Us seems to stay loyal to its source. And if we’re to believe Pedro Pascal, his take on Joel could be an interesting one.

“I watched for as long as I was able to that day, and then I had to leave Florida. I found Joel so impressive – I found the whole of it such a visually impressive experience. And then I got worried that I would want to imitate too much, which I think could be right in some circumstances, and then a mistake in others.

“So I just wanted to create a healthy distance, and for that to be more in the hands of Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann.”

Well, I guess we’ll see what he meant by that in 2023 when HBO’s The Last of Us airs. In the meanwhile, I’ll keep myself busy with Part 1 and 2, with the latter unexpectedly getting more support lately. I guess people just needed a refresh to see that Part 2’s plot wasn’t that shitty after all.