HBO’s The Last of Us Series Draws Huge Worldwide Audience

Joshua Pazos, Staff Writer

The Last of Us show is a post-apocalyptic HBO Max show that is based on what was a Playstation-exclusive game.  It was just released on PC on March 3, 2023. The Last of Us came out on June 14, 2013, on PlayStation 3, and The Last of Us, Part II came out on June 19, 2020, on PlayStation 4. 

The television show is based on the first game. The show is about Joel Miller and his friend Tess who have to drop off a girl named Ellie in a post-apocalyptic world that had most of the world’s population decimated due to a fungal pandemic. They both think Ellie could be the answer for a humanity-saving vaccine. However, things don’t go as planned, leading this adventure and series to many twists and heartbreaking moments.

Pedro Pascal is a 47-year-old Chilean actor who plays the main character Joel Miller in the HBO Max show. The actor reportedly makes $600k per episode, and Pascal is in six out of nine episodes. Pascal is known for the hit Disney Plus TV series The Mandalorian.  He also starred in the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones.

He is also known for his acting in movies and his role in the hit Netflix show Narcos. Through the first season, nine episodes, he has been able to play the character well. One BCCHS student, Amadeo Marquez (10), said that he likes the interactions Pascal has with his co-star Bella Ramsey, who plays Ellie in the show.

Bella Ramsey is a 19-year-old from the United Kingdom. She started acting at the age of four. Ramsey has acted in a variety of shows and movies, but she is mostly known from the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones.

The actress is doing a good job playing the character, and she has even gone as far as copying direct lines from the game and her mannerisms are very similar to the game. Overall, she is a perfect fit for the role and plays the part with great passion.

I’ve asked students of every grade at BCCHS for their opinions about the show this season. Anthony Musich (9) thinks the episodes should be longer than an hour but can’t wait to see more of the post-apocalyptic show. Henry Alexis (10) gave his opinion about the show and he said the setting really reminds him of the game. Joshua Garcia (11) also thinks they’ve got the setting right with the show, but thinks the acting could be better with some of the characters. Corinne Scott (12) said she thought the show was gonna copy everything from the game but thinks the show is good thus far.  

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Joel and Ellie walking through the city. Picture by: Creative Commons.

This popular post-apocalyptic show has fans wanting another season. It’s been confirmed by HBO that another season is on the way for worldwide fans of the series.