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While we don't yet know exactly what story the forthcoming HBO adaptation of The Last of Us will tell, we do now know how long its first season will be. And much like many high-budget TV series these days, it's going to be one where your backside will be parked on the sofa for a significant amount of time.
We're guessing that the first season of The Last of Us will roughly follow the plot of the original Naughty Dog video game - and this photo, of the actors playing Joel, Sarah and Tommy sitting in a car, sure is reminiscent of the 2013 title's dramatic (and tragic) opening. Assuming is rarely a wise move with any adaptation of popular material, but if we were betting folk at GB HQ, we'd say sure: season one is game one, and from there, who knows?
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The Mandalorian and Wonder Woman 1984 star Pedro Pascal sure looks the part as Joel - and with Bella Ramsey, previously of Game of Thrones, cast as Ellie, we already know this production has some serious acting talent behind it. And, as GamesRadar+ reports, we're going to be enjoying a full ten episodes of the bleak, unforgiving world of The Last of Us, when it airs sometime in the (hopefully) near future.
The number ten was revealed by showrunner Craig Mazin, who previously brought us the harrowing Chernobyl. He made the announcement in an episode of the Scriptnotes podcast, adding that at present two of the ten episodes were yet to confirm directors. Directors already attached to The Last of Us include Ali Abassi (Border) and Jasmila Žbanić (Love Island - not that one - and Quo Vadis, Aida?).
Each episode, looking at past HBO shows of note, will probably run to around 45 or 50 minutes - so that's a solid seven and a half hours of The Last of Us to look forward to. As well as Pascal and Thorne, the show will feature Merle Dandridge as Marlene - reprising her role from the games - and Gabriel Luna as Joel's brother, Tommy.
In related news, Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann has confirmed that the story for a third chapter of The Last of Us - following 2020's The Last of Us Part II - has been outlined. Now we wait to see if the game to tell that story beats the show that adapts it to the public. Y'never know, we could have another Game of Thrones situation on our hands, where the TV side of the franchise outpaces its inspiration.
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