Warning! Spoilers ahead for The Last of Us season 1, episode 6.
The Last of Us episode 6 director Jasmila Žbanić discusses why the program altered one huge Joel minute from the video game at the end of the episode. Based on the well-known PlayStation computer game from Neil Druckmann and Naughty Dog, HBO’s The Last of Us follows Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey), an immune teenager, as they pass through a post-apocalyptic variation of the U.S. After lastly reaching what utilized to be a Firefly center in episode 6, Joel and Ellie are set upon by an aggressive group of males, among whom stabs Pascal’s character in the stomach. The episode ends with Joel falling off his horse, unresponsive, his fate left up in the air.
In a current interview with Variety, Žbanić addresses why Joel’s injury was altered from The Last of Us video game, which sees the character fall off a terrace and end up being impaled on a piece of rebar throughout an extreme and extended battle series. The director discusses that, for the program, it eventually worked much better to have the minute play out with a little bit more subtlety, truly playing more with Ellie’s feelings. Check out Žbanić’s complete remark below:
“I got it in the script, and I really liked it because it was more subtle. Ellie thinks they made it, and then it’s a shock. Otherwise it would be immediately over. I really liked how Craig wrote it. They travel, she’s hopeful, they go on together — and then it’s a shock.”
The Last Of Us Still Honors The Original Games Despite Changes
The Last of Us has actually made some substantial modifications from the video games, typically due to the truth that television programs and computer game are simply various mediums with various storytelling requirements, however developer Craig Mazin still makes certain to honor Naughty Dog’s work anywhere possible. Although played by various stars, the vibrant in between Joel and Ellie stays fundamental to the program, with both Pascal and Ramsey handling to catch that controversial however caring relationship while instilling it with their own special perceptiveness.
The environment of The Last of Us video games is likewise rendered remarkably well in the HBO program. Blending visual and useful results, the program’s post-apocalyptic U.S.A. is frightening and unforgiving, however it likewise permits touching character minutes as Ellie finds more of what life resembled prior to the break out. Crucially, the program likewise nails the appearance of the contaminated. Clickers and bloaters look really near what gamers combat in The Last of Us video games and are simply as scary, if not more so.
Mazin likewise makes certain that The Last of Us includes subtle Easter eggs that just fans of the video games will capture. From weapons to particular littles discussion to props (like Joel’s knapsack), elements of the video games are continuously appearing on-screen. Episode 6 even includes a possible cameo from Dina, who goes on to play a crucial function in The Last of Us video games. Hopefully, future episodes can continue to skillfully stabilize admiring the source product while blazing some brand-new ground.