The Last of Us took the industry by storm when it first came out in 2013. A definitive shift in video game storytelling, Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic journey of Joel and Ellie continues to resonate with people around the world nearly a decade later. The HBO adaptation will follow events from the first game, and Joel’s first combat buddy (and perhaps a romantic interest at some point?), Tess, has finally been cast.
Anna Torv of Heavenly Sword (Nariko’s voice actress) and Bang glory joins an already growing family of talent led by ChernobylCraig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, the mind behind both games. Tess will be a recurring character who travels across a devastated America with Pedro Pascal (Mandalorian) Joel and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) Ellie. Other actors include Nico Parker (Dumbo) as Joel’s daughter, Merle Dandridge (video game The Last Of Us) as Marlene and Gabrielle Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate) as Joel’s brother, Tommy. Jeffrey Pearce, Murray Bartlett and Cohn O’Neill will also star in the television series.
If you’re unfamiliar with the game’s central storyline, The Last of Us is about the relationship between a grieving but bitter father and a young girl he must accompany in a decaying America teeming with infected creatures looking for their next meal. Joel and Ellie must deal with their traumatic past in order to unite and survive the journey. There are amazing moments of happiness and grief.
If the series does well, it would be interesting to see the adaptation of The Last Of Us Part II, for which Andy McNamara won a rare 10th award:
“I can admire the attention to detail, peace and battle, but history is where The Last of Us Part II sets a new bar. This is more about your heart than your reflexes, and I just can’t recommend it. There is a lot to be said about this game that cannot be said here due to spoilers, but you should play it as soon as possible using as little information as possible. But you don’t need to know the details to appreciate how gameplay and surrounding cues serve a single purpose: they make you feel choice, helplessness, and violence at the heart of this world and its characters. I can confidently say this is the best storytelling game I’ve played. I felt a loss. I felt confused. It’s a game that turned me inside out with every turn of the screw. “
Are you thrilled to see a picture of Tess by Anna Torv? What moments from the first game are you looking forward to when the show premieres? How about ideas for some original plot bits? Share your hopes and dreams below!