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“My Hope Is That It Completely Changes How Non-Gamers View What Games Are Capable of…” – the Last of Us Creator Reveals His True Ambitions for an Awaited TV Series

Published 12/07/2022, 9:15 AM EST

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The Last of Us franchise has been known for its extensive depth when it comes to showcasing character arcs and traumas. Since the first game’s debut, almost a decade ago, the blockbuster PlayStation franchise from Naughty Dog has amassed a huge fan following over the years.

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As a result of gaining an iconic status and unending love across the globe, there’s now a live-action adaptation coming soon, based on The Last of Us saga. Similar to the games, the HBO show has been created by director Neil Druckmann, in collaboration with Craig Mazin.


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The Last of Us HBO series can change the mindset of non-gamers towards video games, according to Neil Druckmann

The director recently had an interview with a popular media outlet, The Hollywood Reporter. During the interaction, while showing his Santa Monica home, Neil Druckmann also touched upon the upcoming TV show based on his own gaming series for PlayStation.

While talking about The Last of Us live-action series, he mentioned that there needs to be a change in the approach of how people usually see video games. And that this norm might change after the awaited HBO show. “My hope is that it completely changes how non-gamers view what games are capable of when it comes to deep narratives,” said the Israel-born game creator.


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Per Druckmann, The Last of Us, starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in the lead roles of Joel and Ellie, has the potential to prove that projects based on games can also offer a detailed narrative whatsoever. Well, the franchise lovers will also hope for a similar outcome when the TV series makes its debut on January 15, 2023.

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Based on the first part of the PlayStation exclusive saga, The Last of Us will also feature actors like Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Merle Dandridge as the leader of resistance Marlene, Nico Parker as Sarah (Joel’s daughter), and Anna Torv as Tess.


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What are your predictions for the anticipated TV show from HBO? Will it manage to match the popularity of its gaming counterpart or not? Don’t forget to share your opinions. Let us know in the comments down below.



Mintu Tomar

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Mintu Tomar is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. After completing his bachelor's in Philosophy, he has followed his passion for covering news as a budding journalist. He lives and breathes video games and is a die-hard Call of Duty fan.

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