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The Last of Us creator promise they won't have the same issue as Game of Thrones

Charisa Bossinakis

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The Last of Us creator promise they won't have the same issue as Game of Thrones

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The creator of the TV adaptation of The Last of Us has revealed the series won’t stray too far away from the source material.

Finally, fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Neil Druckmann sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and shared that he has no plans to tell the story beyond the video game series.

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He said: “We won’t run into the same issue as Game of Thrones since Part II doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.”

Druckmann added: “I don’t have any interest in a spinning-plates-go-on-forever show.

“When it becomes a perpetual motion machine, it just can’t help but get kind of … stupid. Endings mean everything to me.”

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So don’t expect a Last of Us universe, just like The Walking Dead.

The series is based on the popular 2013 action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, officially making it the first television project from PlayStation Productions.

Similar to the game, the HBO series will follow Joe Miller (played by Pedro Pascal), a smuggler who is tasked with escorting teenager Ellie (Bella Ramsey) across the post-apocalyptic US with a zombie virus running rampant.

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According to Rotten Tomatoes, the series will reportedly follow the events in the first game; however, it will incorporate elements from The Last of Us Part II, which is set five years after the first game.

During an interview with Empire Magazine, showrunner Craig Mazin (Chernobyl), who teamed up with Druckmann to create the show, shared a similar sentiment as him.

Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment
Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment

He explained: “Games themselves are often brilliant to play, and not at all brilliant to watch when dramatized.

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“Neil and I always knew to ask, ‘Why are we only doing what’s in the game? What can we do to expand?’”

While speaking about the game's success, Mazin remarked that the human element sets it apart.

He said: “They were just people. And that, in and of itself, is remarkably rare in games.

"The fact that they kept it so grounded, and really made you feel – I had never experienced anything like it, and I’ve been playing video games since 1977.”

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The Last of Us is set to debut on HBO and related streaming services like Sky Atlantic, NOW and Binge on January 15.

Superfans of the show won't miss out on the global excitement with each instalment available at the same time as the US premiere each week and on demand thereafter.

Topics: Film & TV, News, Film and TV, HBO, Gaming

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