HBO’s The Last Of Us has “no plans” to tell stories beyond the games

HBO’s The Last Of Us has “no plans” to tell stories beyond the games

HBO’s The Last Of Us has “no plans” to tell stories beyond the games

“We won’t run into the same problem as Game of Thrones.”


HBO’s The Last of Us is finally airing in just a few days, giving the title its first appearance in any other medium. We may still have to see how the events of season one actually play out, but creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann have already answered questions about a possible second season.


Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter (thanks Business Insider), Mazin and Druckmann talk a bit about what might happen in future seasons of the show, pretty much dashed any hopes fans might have had regarding original stories. Using Game of Thrones as an example of the problems of straying too far from the source material, Druckmann explains that the team behind HBO’s The Last of Us have “no plans” to tell stories other than those in the games themselves.

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“We don’t intend to tell stories beyond game customization,” says Druckmann. “We won’t run into the same problem as Game of Thrones because Part II doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.”

Ellie points a gun at a clicker in the last of us

With The Last of Us season 1 confirmed to be adapting the entire first game, we can reasonably expect all subsequent seasons of the show to be adapting the sequel. However, the fact that the creators don’t want to tell any original stories alongside the game feels like a missed opportunity.

Druckmann’s penchant for not straying too far from the games themselves, pointing to Game of Thrones as an example of what could potentially go wrong, feels a little disingenuous, largely given his roles in the games and the TV show The last of us Druckmann plays a far larger role in the production of the show than George RR Martin did in the production of the later seasons of Game of Thrones, so any original stories told in HBO’s The Last of Us would be straight from the source.

Fans of the series will know that there is a significant time jump between the events of The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part 2, with key moments in that time being told through flashbacks in the second game. Personally, I think it would have been more interesting to see how this time period was fleshed out a little more on The Last of Us TV show to give the audience more time with Joel and Ellie. Games are a lot more time wasters than TV shows and movies, which means more time is needed to explore the relationship between the two to give (spoilers, I guess) much more clout to Joel’s eventual death.

Also, are you really telling me that you’re going to take an actor like Pedro Pascal – who seems to have absolutely nailed the role of Joel – and then kill him right at the start of a second season? Not cool guys, not cool at all.

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