HBO's Haunting 'The Last of Us' Is Arriving Earlier Than Expected

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Ask anyone who has played The Last of Us what they think of The Last of Us. They'll get weird. Not like Elden Ring-obsessive weird, but film buff weird. Playing the game—which is a sort of post-apocalyptic road trip featuring two reluctant heroes—feels damn near like you're living it. The Last of Us is dark and brutal, yet heartfelt and, strangely, uplifting.

So when we got word that HBO would adapt The Last of Us into a TV series, undoubtably bringing on all of the problems that always come with video game adaptations, we were a little worried. Thankfully, the show's first trailer has (slightly) eased our anxiety. In the roughly 90 seconds of footage we're treated to get a glimpse of the gruff Joel (Pedro Pascal) and the younger, but nonetheless pessimistic Ellie (Bella Ramsey). The preview is light on dialogue but Pascal nails the hell out of Joel's wisened disaffection. You can view the trailer below. Now, if you're a newcomer to The Last of Us, here's HBO's official description:

The story takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.

It's a solid recap of what The Last of Us is all about, except that it leaves out the flower-headed, zombie-esque monsters you're forced to battle throughout the game?! Yeah. They're called the Infected. The trailer shows one slightly obscured glimpse of the dangerous creatures, then one very clear shot, fungus and all. It's way more than I wanted to see early in morning. Though originally teased for a release sometime in 2023, HBO officially revealed that the premiere date is coming early than expected on Sunday, January 15, 2023. The original series will air at 9:00 PM ET on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. The network also revealed an absolutely grim poster, channeling other post-apocalyptic stories such as I Am Legend and The Walking Dead.

Changing topics. If you haven't played The Last of Us yet, pick yourself up a copy of the game, because we don't want to spoil much more for you before its release. It's one of the best stories ever told in the medium.

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