The series finale of The Last of Us, a post-apocalyptic thriller, has proven to be a huge success, attracting over 8 million viewers. The show follows the character Joel Miller, played by Pedro Pascal, as he protects a 14-year-old girl named Ellie Williams, played by Bella Ramsey, who may hold the key to humanity's survival.
While the main plot of the show may not be refreshing for fans of the video game on which it is based, the deeply moving script has received rave reviews. Fans of the game have been delighted to discover Easter eggs and references that connect the show to the game, much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Last of Us game, created by Naughty Dog, has a strong connection to the HBO series. Craig Mazin, the show's creator and also the creator of the hit series Chernobyl, had an unexpected surprise when he discovered a reference from The Last of Us Part II, a character named Boris Legasov who shares names with characters from Chernobyl. Mazin was shocked by the reference and reached out to the game's creator, Neil Druckmann, who was also surprised by the inclusion.
Despite this unexpected connection, both Mazin and Druckmann have collaborated effectively on the HBO series. Mazin's previous work on Chernobyl earned him a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing, and it seems likely that he and Druckmann will continue to bring success to The Last of Us, with HBO already ordering a second season.
In addition to his work on The Last of Us, Mazin has been in talks with Disney for a reboot of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. While details about the reboot are scarce, it is clear that Mazin's talent and creativity are highly sought after. It remains to be seen if he will collaborate with Pedro Pascal, who has already proven his skills in shows like Narcos and Game of Thrones.
Overall, The Last of Us has captivated audiences and expanded its fan base beyond video game enthusiasts. With its compelling story and talented creators, the show is sure to continue its success in future seasons.
– Entertainment Weekly
– LA Times