Have you already embarked on Joel and Ellie’s journey? The Last of Us, the new HBO Max production based on the video game of the same name, premiered a few days ago and the response from both the public and critics has been spectacular. With a 99% rating from the media and 96% from the public, the series has obtained a score on Rotten Tomatoes that classifies it as one of the best audiovisual adaptations of a video game.
With this context, more than one fan of the original The Last of Us will be wondering how much the story of the series will cover, made up of a total of 9 episodes. Will it cover the whole game? Will you see any of your DLC, Left Behind? Will there be unpublished stories? We have answers to these questions.
First season=The Last of Us + DLC
In an interview with Gizmodo, the creators of the series, Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann (also creator of the video game) wanted to be clear: “The first season covers the events of the first game, and if you’ve played the game, looking at the marketing materials you realize we covered the events of Left Behind as well“. With this confirmation, it is clear that we will be able to see several crucial characters and events in Ellie’s past.
But what about The Last of Us Part II? Although this first season will only cover the content of The Last of Us and its DLC, the creators have also wanted to clarify what plans there are for the future: “I think the amount of history we have left to cover would be more than one season of television. So, assuming we can move on, the idea would be to do more than one season“.
That is, in the event that the series went ahead (something very likely after its good results), the events of The Last of Us Part 2 would cover the second and third seasons of the series.
There is also the question of whether new stories will be created that go beyond the original material, something that other HBO series such as The Handmaid’s Tale or The House of the Dragon have already done, and which inevitably ends up being a topic of debate in social media.
“I’m not interested in going beyond existing source material. As a viewer, I have no problem watching shows that go on and on and on. No problem. But as a writer, I don’t want to see myself in the situation of having to turn a plate to do one season after another”, explains Mazin in the interview. “It’s important to me that things have a purpose, and if they have a purpose, that means they have an end“.