The Last of Us continues to go from strength to strength with a season that is becoming series history. HBO Max is being home to a phenomenon rarely seen on television. But while the series is leaving us with some incredible moments, it’s not always better than the video game it’s based on.
Specifically, a scene in chapter 6 – which was very good and managed to bring out Joel’s most sensitive side – directly adapts the scene from the video game. And yet, it has not achieved the same impact as the original. The sequence comes when, after being reunited with his brother, Joel asks him to take Ellie with her, as it is safer.
Ellie takes this as a great offense, and claims that he is about to leave her. Joel tries to explain that it’s for her own good, though he hides a flight forward. And that’s when Ellie sets the record straight in a discussion that only needs one shot/counter-shot to move the viewer.
Undoubtedly, the work of Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey is being beastly. Their performances improve in each episode, being the fifth one one of the most useful to show them off. But, although they defend the scene with their great gifts in the series, the narrative of the chapter leaves it as one more of many in an episode in which things do not stop happening.
Meanwhile, in the video game it comes at a much more sensitive moment, and the subtlety of both characters manages to reach the player much more. We leave you the scene below, which as you can see is practically the same as the one in the series (even in voices with the Spanish dubbing) but with enough changes in the interpretation so that it arrives in a different way: